April 9, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Score: Purdue 8, Michigan 5
Records: U-M (16-11, 2-2 Big Ten), Purdue (15-12, 2-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 10 -- vs. Purdue (Wilpon Baseball Complex), 1 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Despite an offensive spark in the bottom of the ninth, the University of Michigan baseball team dropped the first game of the weekend series against Purdue, 8-5, Friday night (April 9) at the Wilpon Baseball Complex, home of historic Ray Fisher Stadium.
Senior pitcher Alan Oaks (White Lake, Mich./Divine Child) got the start and went 6.0 innings while striking out three Boilermakers. Freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) had three hits, drove in two runs and crossed the plate three times to lead the Michigan offense.
Biondi manufactured Michigan's first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. An infield single put Biondi aboard, and a balk moved him into scoring position. After swiping third base, Biondi was knocked in on a groundout by senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius).
With U-M trailing 5-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth, senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) drove in Biondi on a single to centerfield to bring U-M within three. In the top of the sixth, Purdue posed a threat with runners at the corners and one away before Oaks produced a grounder to freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) that sparked a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the jam.
Biondi continued his offensive production in the ninth with a double down the leftfield line that drove in two runs and brought Michigan within four, 8-4. Berset knocked in Biondi on a single to centerfield to end the scoring.
The second game of the weekend will be played Saturday (April 10) at 1 p.m. inside the Wilpon Baseball Complex. The contest will be featured live on the Big Ten Network.
N O T E S
• Freshman OF Patrick Biondi collected his 18th stolen base of the season, leaving him one shy of a four-way tie for 10th place on U-M's single-season stolen base list and one shy of U-M's record for stolen bases by a freshman.
• Senior C Chris Berset was 2-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles to extend his hitting streak to a current team-best 12 games. Berset has eight multi-hit games during his current hitting streak.
• Senior 1B Mike Dufek was 1-for-3, giving him hits in 16 of his last 17 games this season.
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423
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