April 2, 2010
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Sembower Field)
Score: Michigan 16, Indiana 10 (10 innings)
Records: U-M (14-9, 1-0 Big Ten), Indiana (12-12, 0-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 3 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 1 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A six-run 10th inning capped a 16-10, extra-inning comeback victory for the University of Michigan baseball team in the Big Ten opener at Indiana on Friday (April 2) at Sembower Field. The Wolverines overcame a six-run deficit before senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) delivered a two-run single and junior/sophomore leftfielder Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison) hit a grand slam in the 10th inning to propel the Wolverines to the extra-innings win.
Senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius), senior leftfielder/third baseman Mike Kittle (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) and Dufek led the Michigan offense with three hits each. Toth and Stephens drove in four runs, while freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and Dufek pushed across three apiece.
Junior pitcher Matt Gerbe (Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower) tossed a solid 3.2 innings of relief with two strikeouts as the Wolverines mounted their comeback before junior pitcher Tyler Burgoon (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) came on for the final 3.1 innings, recording four strikeouts to earn the win.
Michigan exploded for five runs in the seventh inning and two more in the next frame to erase a 9-3 deficit and take a 10-9 lead. The lead disappeared in the bottom half of the eighth as the Hoosiers added a run to knot the game at 10-10. Indiana tried to end the game in the ninth on a hit to the fence in centerfield, but a relay from freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) to Dennis to senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) caught the runner at the plate and pushed the game to extra innings.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 10th, Dufek pushed a single to right that knocked in two runs to put the Wolverines ahead by a 12-10 count. The Wolverines loaded the bases again and Stephens took advantage, launching a rocket over the centerfield wall for his first career grand slam. The Hoosiers put two runners on to start the home half of the 10th inning, but Burgoon slammed the door by drawing two strikeouts and a ground out.
Michigan fell behind early in the contest and found itself facing an 8-3 deficit in the fourth. Michigan prevented further damage when sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) laid out for a ball down the line and made a snap throw to first to end the inning. Trailing by six in the seventh inning, the Wolverines loaded the bases with no outs to chase the IU starter. The pitching change did not help as an RBI single by Kittle, followed by a two-run single by Dennis brought Michigan to within three. Toth knocked in two more with a poke to right centerfield to end the inning with the Maize and Blue only trailing 9-8.
Junior leftfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi) returned to the U-M lineup as a pinch runner in the eighth and scored the crucial tying run. LaMarre swiped second to put himself in scoring position and was driven in by Dennis on a single to centerfield to tie the game. Toth then put Michigan ahead, driving in Dennis to give the visiting squad a 10-9 lead. The Hoosiers tied the score in the home half of the ninth to set up the extra-inning heroics.
Michigan continues the opening weekend of Big Ten play against Indiana on Saturday (April 3) at 1 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind.
N O T E S
The Wolverines needed extra innings for the first time this season. The last time the Maize and Blue played bonus baseball came at Michigan State on April 17, 2009.
Michigan got its first extra-innings win in over a year. The Wolverines, who went 1-2 when the game went long last season, edged Purdue in 10 innings on Feb. 21, 2009, in non-conference action.
The Wolverines' 16-run outburst was the most they have scored in a Big Ten game since rolling Michigan State, 27-6, on April 20, 2008. It was the most runs scored while visiting a conference foe since earning a 21-9 decision over the Spartans on April 29, 2007.
Junior/sophomore Garrett Stephens belted out his first career grand slam in the 10th inning.
Junior CF Ryan LaMarre made his return to the lineup after missing 18 games due to injury. LaMarre pinch ran in the eighth inning and scored U-M's 10th run of the ballgame.
Today's win extends Michigan winning streak to eight games.
The Wolverines collected 20 hits to match the season high set in the season-opening win against Jacksonville State (Feb. 19).
Wolverine head coach Rich Maloney collected his fifth straight win in Big Ten openers and improved to 6-2 in his eight conference openers at Michigan. Maloney, who is 5-3 in his eight Big Ten road openers, has won his last five after starting out 0-3.
Junior RHP Tyler Burgoon pitched 3.1 innings out of the bullpen, allowing one unearned run. He has not allowed an earned run in his last five outings, a span that covers 12.2 innings.
Senior 1B Mike Dufek was 3-for-5 while collecting the 12th 'gamer' of his U-M career.
Dufek also extended his team-leading hitting streak to 13 games. He has a seven-game streak of multi-hit games with four consecutive three-hit games.
Senior/junior 2B Anthony Toth matched his career-best with four RBI.
Senior C Chris Berset extended his current hitting streak to eight games. Berset, who was 2-for-5, has five multi-hit games during his current hitting streak.
Freshman CF Patrick Biondi hit his fifth triple of the season in the third inning to pull into a nine-way tie for ninth on U-M's single-season triples list.
Senior LF/3B Mike Kittle collected the first three-hit game of his U-M career.
Kittle extended his career-best hitting streak to five games.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Rich Maloney
On the game ... "It was a crazy game, but it was a great comeback by our kids, they didn't die. The guys have a lot of battle in them."
U-M Junior/Sophomore LF Garrett Stephens
On his grand slam ... "Coach tells us 'coming off the bench, be ready to hit.' So you're just looking for a good pitch to hit and I put a good swing on it. To come in there in that situation and do that, it felt good."
On playing in a game like this ... "It is crazy. The one thing you know with Coach Maloney, you are never out of the game. Our team, we just battled and stayed confident."
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