March 12, 2010
Sites: Myrtle Beach, SC (BB&T Coastal Field)
Event: Caravelle Resort Classic
Score: Michigan 12, Ball State 8
Records: U-M (5-7), Ball State (4-10)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 13 -- vs. Lipscomb (Conway, SC), 11 a.m.; at Coastal Carolina (Conway, SC), 2:30 p.m.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC -- After seeing an 8-0 lead disappear, the University of Michigan baseball team scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to hold off Ball State, 12-8, on Friday (March 12) afternoon at BB&T Coastal Field.
Senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) led the Wolverines with four hits, while senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) and sophomore catcher Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) added three hits apiece. Crank led the team with three runs batted. Junior pitcher Matt Miller (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) was the starter for the Wolverines, and went four-and-two-thirds innings while giving up six runs, two of which were earned. Sophomore pitcher Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) earned his first win of the season on four innings pitched and no runs on four hits.
The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead in the bottom half of the first. With freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) standing on second after a walk and stolen base, a double down the leftfield line by senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) scored Biondi for the first run of the game. A sacrifice fly by Crank scored Toth from third for the early 2-0 lead. U-M poured on four more runs in the second. A run-scoring single by Biondi knocked in junior/sophomore leftfielder Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison), Crank drove in two on single to left and Dufek added another run on a single to right.
Ball State posed a threat in the third with bases loaded and two outs, but Miller dug down and got the swinging strikeout on a high fastball. The Cardinals made their first appearance on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth when they scored six runs on six hits and two Michigan errors. The big inning for Ball State sent Miller to the dugout with the Michigan lead at 8-6. Junior pitcher Matt Gerbe (Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower) came in of relief of Miller and produced a swinging strikeout to end the big Cardinal inning.
The Wolverines saw their lead disappear in the top of the sixth on a two-run single with two outs. The tie game did not phase U-M as the Wolverines answered with four of their own in the bottom half. Four straight singles, followed by two Cardinal errors gave the Wolverines the lead back.
Michigan will be back in action Saturday (March 13) to continue the Caravelle Resort Classic hosted by Coastal Carolina. The morning game will be against Lipscomb at 11 a.m. followed by a matchup with No. 10-ranked Coastal Carolina at 2:30 p.m. in Conway, SC at Watson Stadium.
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423