April 3, 2010
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Sembower Field)
Score: Michigan 6, Indiana 4
Records: U-M (15-9, 2-0 Big Ten), Indiana (12-13, 0-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 4 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 1 p.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- After blasting out to a five-run lead, the University of Michigan baseball team had to hold on to narrowly defeat Indiana, 6-4, on Saturday (April 3) at Sembower Field.
Sophomore/freshman pitcher Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) gave up four runs over seven innings of work while striking out seven Indiana hitters to earn his third win of the season. Junior pitcher Tyler Burgoon (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) got the games' final out for his second save in as many days.
Senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) led the Michigan offense with three hits, including a triple, along with three runs batted in. Seniors Mike Kittle (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) and Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) each added two hits.
The Wolverines jumped on the board early, scoring three in the top of the first. A run-scoring single by sophomore designated hitter Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) pushed freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) across before Urban knocked in two runs on a single through the left side. Urban added to his runs batted in total with a triple in the third inning to extend the Michigan lead to 4-0. Urban then scored on a bunt single by Kittle to plump the lead to 5-0 in the top of the third.
After scoring one in the third inning, the Hoosiers tacked on three runs in the fourth frame to narrow the U-M lead to one run at 5-4. IU looked to continue its momentum in the fifth inning, loading the bases with no outs, but Brosnahan worked out of the jam by producing a foul out to third base, followed by a fielder's choice groundout and a swinging strikeout to end the inning with no harm done.
Absent from the scoreboard since the third inning, Michigan picked up an insurance run in the eighth inning. Sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) stood on second after a double to centerfield and Kittle knocked him in on a single through the right side.
Lorenz flashed the leather with a leaning catch over the fence in foul territory to start the ninth inning. Senior pitcher Eric Katzman (Harrington Park, N.J./Northern Valley Old Tappan) picked up strikeout before Burgoon came on to slam the door.
Michigan looks to complete a three-game sweep of Indiana on Sunday (April 5) at 1 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind.
Sophomore/freshman LHP Bobby Brosnahan extended his string of scoreless innings to 14 before allowing Indiana a run in the third inning.
Brosnahan, who has 30 strikeouts in his 33 innings this season, has 15 Ks in his last two starts.
Senior RF Nick Urban collected his seventh multi-hit game on the season and 19th of his career.
Junior RHP Tyler Burgoon improved to 2-0 with three saves in his last five outings and has six straight scoreless appearances covering 13 innings.
Burgoon's save was the 12th of his career, pulling him into a tie for fifth place on Michigan's all-time saves list with former teammate Michael Powers (2005-08).
Senior C Chris Berset was 2-for-5 with a double, extending his current hitting streak to nine games. Berset, who leads the team with his 14 multi-hit games this season, has six multi-hit games during his current nine-game hitting streak.
Sophomore DH Coley Crank collected his team-leading third game-winning run batted in of the season.
Senior LF Mike Kittle's run-scoring bunt single in the third inning extended his career-best hitting streak to six games.
Senior 1B Mike Dufek extended his team-leading hitting streak to 14 games with a first-inning single.
Freshman CF Patrick Biondi picked up his team-leading 17th stolen base today.
Biondi walked and scored in the first inning Saturday, giving him first-inning runs in 11 of U-M's 24 games.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Rich Maloney
On the pitching staff ... "I thought Bobby Brosnahan did a really nice job. I thought he had really good stuff and I give IU a lot of credit. They were able to get some runs, despite that. I thought he was really good. (Brandon) Sinnery gave us an inning, and then (Eric) Katzman was outstanding -- arguably facing the two best hitters in the league. To be able to come up big like he did in the pressure moment was huge. Then (Tyler) Burgoon to come in after being used so much the last seven days -- to be able to get the save was big. It was a big win for us."
U-M Senior Mike Kittle
On his RBI to go up 6-4 ... "Anytime you can add a run, you want to do it. Especially today, with the wind blowing out, one hit can tie it up easily. I just went in there battling."
On Brosnahan's performance ... "Bobby did great today. He is a fighter, so it really came as no shock for him to bounce back like that."
U-M Sophomore/Freshman Bobby Brosnahan
On the fifth-inning jam ... "I had been in a similar situation early in the game. I just knew if I made the right pitches, we would get out of it, and it worked out that way. It was a big momentum swing for us."
On earning his first Big Ten win ... "It was huge. I didn't get to pitch last year because I was sill rehabbing my arm. To get thrown into the Saturday role, it's real cool. I made the most of it, and we won a game."
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