Late-Inning Runs Not Enough in U-M Loss at No. 12 UNC

March 6, 2010

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Sites: Chapel Hill, N.C. (Boshamer Stadium)
Score: #12 North Carolina 7, Michigan 6
Records: U-M (4-6), North Carolina (9-1)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 7 -- at No. 12 North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 1 p.m.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Trailing 6-1 in the top of the seventh, the University of Michigan baseball team climbed back to within one run of No. 12-ranked North Carolina but came up on short in a 7-6 loss on Saturday afternoon (March 6) at Boshamer Stadium.

Freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) went 4-for-4 with two late-inning runs batted in and senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) had a two-run home run in the ninth to narrow the gap to one run.

The Wolverines launched into their ill-fated three-inning comeback bid, scoring five runs over the final three frames. With freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) on second base in the seventh, Biondi laced a ball that caught the tip of the second baseman's glove and put the charging centerfielder out of position as the ball bounced to the track. Biondi settled in at third base with an RBI and came home on a sacrifice to right by senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius). Biondi was again part of the scoring in the eighth, pounding out a run-scoring single to score sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East).

After the Tar Heels picked up a run on a balk with a runner at third base to go ahead 7-4, Berset pulled the game to a 7-6 score with one swing of the bat. Sophomore catcher Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) singled with one out before Berset launched a ball well over the rightfield fence for his second home run of the year. Michigan put the winning run on base with two outs but could not find the golden hit.

The Wolverines found themselves behind by a 4-0 score heading into the fourth before getting on the board. Urban sliced a single to right field for the first of four runs scored with two outs in the contest by the Wolverines. UNC tacked on two more in the bottom of the fourth before being quieted by the U-M bullpen.

The Wolverines will conclude their spring trip with the series finale at No. 12-ranked North Carolina tomorrow (Sunday, March 7) in Chapel Hill, N.C. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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