March 20, 2010
Sites: Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Tradition Field)
Score: Michigan 13, Fordham 2; Michigan 20, Fordham 0
Records: U-M (9-9), Fordham (4-14)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 21 -- at New York Mets (ex.) (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), 11 a.m.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan baseball team exploded for 33 runs in two games on Saturday (March 20), defeating Fordham 13-2 in game one and 20-0 in game two at Tradition Field, the Spring Training home of the New York Mets.
Senior pitcher Alan Oaks (White Lake, Mich./Divine Child) struck out a career-high 10 batters in the opening game win, giving up just two runs in 7.1 innings. Sophomore/freshman pitcher Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) collected his first career win and shutout, combining with freshman pitcher Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) to blank Fordham in the afternoon affair.
Freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) reached base all six times he came to the plate in game two and was 6-for-8 with a home run and five runs batted in on the day. Sophomore designated hitter/catcher Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) had six runs batted in on the afternoon, while freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) scored four runs and drove in three more on the day, going 2-for-5 with two walks, three hit by pitches and four stolen bases.
Senior catcher/designated hitter Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) got the Wolverines off to a 2-0 start in the first inning of the day, tripling off the rightfield fence to score Biondi from second base before going the final 90 feet on the ensuing play. Fordham got one run back in the second, but a third strike in the dirt yielded a double play to end the threat as Berset threw the batter out at first and then took a snap throw from senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) to easily beat the baserunner home. Michigan scored in its half of the frame to reestablish the two-run advantage.
U-M exploded for six runs in the bottom of the third to expand its lead to 9-1. With two runs already across and the bases full of Wolverines, junior/sophomore leftfielder Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison) blasted a ball in to the gap in leftfield to clear the bases and give the leftfielder his first career triple. Stephens scored on the next play to cap the flurry. Fordham disrupted the quiet after the storm with a run in the sixth, but the Wolverines answered with run-scoring doubles from Berset and Dufek in the eighth to give U-M a 13-2 lead.
Michigan sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning of the afternoon game to build a 6-0 lead with a long ball and five stolen bases. Crank started things off by blistering a three-run home run to left centerfield. Dennis added two more to the tally with a single into shallow leftfield followed by a similarly placed ball from Biondi to score sophomore/freshman leftfielder Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) from second base. Biondi stole his third base of the inning but did not come around to score for a second time.
The Wolverine lead swelled to 14-0 on a towering solo home run to leftfield from Dennis in the third inning, a two-run triple into the corner in rightfield off the bat of Biondi in the sixth and run-scoring hits from Dufek and senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) an inning later. Fordham threatened in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with nobody out, but Brosnahan ended the threat with a double play and a groundout to preserve the shutout.
Michigan tacked on six more runs in the seventh inning before Fordham could record an out. Senior second baseman Mike Kittle (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) sliced a ball to leftfield with the bases loaded to score two runs and senior/junior catcher Vinnie Sarafa (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) and Crank followed with RBI of their own before coming around to score themselves. The Wolverines got three more before the end of the inning to take a 20-0 lead.
The Wolverines will face the New York Mets in an exhibition contest tomorrow (Sunday, March 21) at Tradition Field. The third annual meeting is set to begin at 11 a.m.
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