March 26, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Score: Michigan 10, IPFW 2
Records: U-M (10-9), IPFW (2-18)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 27 -- vs. IPFW (Wilpon Baseball Complex), 1:05 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team scored two runs in both the second and third innings and never looked back in a 10-2, home-opening victory over IPFW at the Wilpon Baseball Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Senior pitcher Alan Oaks (White Lake, Mich./Divine Child) earned the decision, going five innings and striking out five.
The Wolverines rode the middle of the order to the victory as sophomore designated hitter Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley), senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) and senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) combined to go 6-for-11 with seven runs batted in and four runs.
Back-to-back doubles to start the second inning gave the Wolverines a 2-0 lead. Dufek led off with a shot to the track in left centerfield and came around to score on a two-base hit to right centerfield by senior outfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall). Sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) followed with a single to push across Urban.
After IPFW pushed a run across in the top half of the third, Crank doubled the Michigan lead to 4-1 with a mammoth two-run shot over the leftfield fence in the bottom half of the inning.
The Wolverines piled on three more runs in the next frame, getting a run-scoring single from freshman leftfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) and sac flies from Berset and Crank to make the score 7-1.
Michigan answered a single IPFW run in the fifth with a trio of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Following a Berset sac fly, Crank and Dufek knocked out back-to-back RBI doubles, extending the U-M advantage to 10-2.
The Wolverines are back in action on Saturday (March 27) for game two of the three-game series against IPFW at the Wilpon Baseball Complex, home of historic Ray Fisher Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423