U-M Jumps on Lipscomb Early in Win, Loses to No. 10 Coastal Carolina

March 13, 2010

• Boxscores: Game 1 | Game 2

Sites: Conway, SC (Watson Stadium)
Event: Caravelle Resort Classic
Score: Michigan 17, Lipscomb 14; #10 Coastal Carolina 13, Michigan 4
Records: U-M (6-8), Lipscomb (5-9), Coastal Carolina (13-2)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 14 -- at Coastal Carolina (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), 1 p.m.

CONWAY, S.C. -- The University of Michigan baseball team built a 15-0 lead in the first three innings and held off Lipscomb for a 17-14 win but could not keep the bats alive in the afternoon in a 13-4 loss to host and No. 10-ranked Coastal Carolina on Saturday afternoon (March 13) on day two of the Caravelle Resort Classic at Watson Stadium.

U-M's co-captains, senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) and senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), each had three hits in the first game. Dufek had four runs batted in, while Berset added three. The Wolverines needed to use five different pitchers to get through the long game. Junior pitcher Kolby Wood (Eau Claire, Mich./Berrien Springs) earned the win against Lipscomb. In game two, freshman leftfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) and Berset added two hits each. Freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) hit a home run in each game.

The first six batters reached base for the Wolverines in the top of the first, including a leadoff double by Biondi. Berset knocked in Biondi on a single to right for the first run of the game. Dufek then drove in two on a single to right, and a double by junior/sophomore first baseman Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison) to right centerfield knocked in another pair. The Wolverines went on to bat around before Lipscomb pulled its starter. Biondi picked up his second hit of the inning on an infield single to drive in senior outfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) as Michigan finished with 10 runs scored in the top half of the first.

Urban provided more offense in the second inning for Michigan with a first-pitch home run to left centerfield. Hits by Berset, Crank and Dufek drove in three more runs for U-M, which closed out the top half of the second leading, 14-0. Dennis then hit his first career home run in the top of the third to pad the large Michigan lead.

A six-run third on only a single hit brought the Bisons in the game. Four hits in the fourth added three more runs for Lipscomb, and two two-run home runs to leftfield in both the fifth and sixth brought the Michigan lead to only three runs at 16-13.

The Wolverines posed a threat with two runners in scoring position in the seventh, but Michigan could not get anyone across. The Bisons scored one more in the seventh inning to bring the game within two. With runners on first and third, Lipscomb tried a double steal, but U-M got the out at home to end the seventh.

Wood made an impact on offense, with run-scoring single in the ninth to increase the U-M lead to three at 17-14.

Trailing 3-0 in the top of the fifth of the second game, Michigan jumped on the board on a run-scoring fielder's choice by Dennis, scoring sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East). After the Chanticleers went four straight scoreless innings, they added five runs on a couple of hits, including a three-run home run in the sixth, to lead 8-1.

Leading off the top of the seventh, Dennis launched a ball to the left centerfield for his second home run of the day. The Wolverines loaded the bases up for the second inning in a row, after failing to produce a run the first time around in the sixth. However, Urban drew a walk in the seventh to score Biondi from third to add another run to the board, and Michigan left the top of the seventh trailing, 8-3. The Wolverines added one more run in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Dufek, solidifying the 13-4 final.

Michigan is set to play No. 10 Coastal Carolina again Sunday afternoon (March 14) at 1 p.m. at BB&T Coastal Stadium in the final day of the Caravelle Resort Classic.

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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