April 7, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Score: Michigan 13, Central Michigan 7
Records: U-M (16-10), Central Michigan (15-11)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 9 -- vs. Purdue (Wilpon Baseball Complex), 7 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team utilized a big six-run third inning to defeat Central Michigan, 13-7, on a rainy Wednesday afternoon (April 7) at the Wilpon Baseball Complex, home of historic Ray Fisher Stadium.
Senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) led the Michigan scoring as he crossed the plate four times on the day. Toth added a team-high three hits and drove in a single run. Junior pitcher Matt Gerbe (Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower) earned his first win of the season, giving up zero earned wins over 3.2 innings of work.
The teams exchanged runs in the bottom of the second and top of the third. The Chippewas tried to grab the lead on a wild pitch with a runner on third base, but senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) was quick to play the ball off the backstop and to Gerbe, who applied the tag and ended the inning.
Michigan streamed 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the third and turned seven hits into six runs and a 7-1 lead. Toth started off the scoring with a single to drive in freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central). After a wild pitch scored U-M's second run of the inning, Toth came around score on a two-run single by senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall). Senior third baseman Mike Kittle (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) and Dennis each contributed singles of their own to knock in two more.
The Wolverines added a pair of runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh to push their total to 13 on the day. Central Michigan tacked on two runs in the top of the ninth on a string of hits, but a pair of solid defensive plays from junior/sophomore first baseman Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison) kept the game out of reach.
Michigan welcomes Purdue for a three-game set beginning on Friday (April 9) at 7 p.m. at the Wilpon Baseball Complex. All three games over the weekend (Fri-Sun., April 9-11) will be aired on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423