March 20, 2010
Michigan's sweep of Fordham this weekend extends U-M's winning streak in collegiate baseball games in the Mets Complex to 14 games. U-M is 14-3 in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with its three losses coming to Illinois-Chicago in 2004.
The 20-run output by Michigan in game two was the most runs U-M has scored this season, besting the 19 scored on Jacksonville State on Feb. 19. The last time the Wolverines scored 20 runs was in a 20-1 win at Western Michigan (May 5, 2009).
The 20-0 win represented U-M's largest margin of victory in the Rich Maloney era. The Wolverines last beat a team by more than 20 runs on March 31, 1999, when they downed Detroit Mercy by a 23-2 margin.
Former Wolverine pitcher and current principle owner, chairman and CEO of the New York Mets, Fred Wilpon (U-M, 1956) was on hand for the first game of the day.
Senior RHP Alan Oaks picked up a career-high 10 strikeouts. He bettered his previous high of seven, which he reached twice this season.
It has been feast or famine for Oaks as the Wolverines have scored 27 runs in his two wins (14-2 and 13-2), while in his three losses he has left each game after pitching into the seventh inning without a run being scored in his favor.
Sophomore C/DH Coley Crank was 3-for-5 and 2-for-5 in Saturday's twinbill, extending his career-best hitting streak to seven games.
Crank's three-run homer in the first-inning of the nightcap proved to be his second game-winning RBI of the weekend and his third career 'gamer.'
Crank, who has hits in 15 of U-M's 18 games this season, has nine multi-hit games this season and 12 for his U-M career.
Senior 1B Mike Dufek had five hits Saturday with three singles in the opener and a pair of doubles in the second game as he extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Senior C Chris Berset collected his first career triple today.
Berset's run-scoring double in the first inning of the opener proved to be his second game-winning RBI of the season and his sixth career 'gamer.'
Freshman CF Patrick Biondi reached base eight times in the doubleheader, including all six plate appearances in the nightcap.
Biondi has scored in the first inning eight times and has hits in 15 of U-M's 18 games.
Freshman SS Derek Dennis notched his first four-hit game and fifth and six multi-hit games as a Wolverine.
Senior 2B Mike Kittle doubled his career RBI total in the eighth inning the second game. He entered the game as a pinch hitter and had a pair of two-run singles in the nine-run rally, giving him eight RBI for his career.
Sophomore/freshman Bobby Brosnahan recorded his first career victory in a career-long seven innings of work.
Junior/sophomore catcher Vinnie Sarafa collected his first career hit and RBI in the seventh inning of the second game.
Sophomore LF/1B Garrett Stephens had hits in each game of Saturday's twinbill, including a three-run triple his first career three-bagger.