LaMarre Propels Wolverines to Series Win Over Purdue

April 11, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Score: Michigan 9, Purdue 4
Records: U-M (18-11, 4-2 Big Ten), Purdue (15-14, 2-4 Big Ten)
Attendance: 1,313
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, April 13 -- vs. Toledo (Wilpon Baseball Complex), 3:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning to defeat Purdue, 9-4, on Sunday afternoon (April 11) at the Wilpon Baseball Complex, home of historic Ray Fisher Stadium. U-M's win gives the Wolverines the series win (2-1) over the Boilermakers.

Junior leftfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi) led Michigan by going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, two runs and three runs batted in. Senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) and sophomore designated hitter Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) each added two hits for the Wolverines.

Sophomore pitcher Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) tossed six innings, giving up two runs and striking out three en route to the win. Junior pitcher Kolby Wood (Eau Claire, Mich./Berrien Springs) went three innings out of the bullpen to collect his first career save.

LaMarre collected the first of his three extra-base hits in the first inning, doubling into the leftfield corner, and Berset drove him in to put the Wolverines ahead, 1-0. The Boilermakers tied the game on a bases-loaded single in the third inning and tried to score a second on the same play, but senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) came up firing and gunned down the runner at the plate.

Michigan exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning to take an 8-2 lead. LaMarre started things off with a triple off the top of the left-centerfield fence and was plated by another Berset run-scoring hit. Senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) followed with a double to score Berset. The Wolverines continued to roll with a run-scoring single from Urban. LaMarre then came to the plate again with the bases loaded and delivered a three-run double into the rightfield corner to cap the rally.

Purdue sandwiched runs in the seventh and eighth around a two-out RBI double from Crank in the home half of the seventh frame.

The Wolverines have a busy week ahead with five games on the slate beginning with Toledo on Tuesday (April 13) at the Wilpon Baseball Complex. will carry the game live.


• Today's win gives Michigan its first back-to-back Big Ten series wins since closing out the 2008 season with back-to-back wins over Minnesota and Northwestern.

• Junior LF Ryan LaMarre kept his hot-hitting weekend alive, going 3-for-4 with a triple and two doubles.

• LaMarre, who had three three-hit games against Purdue, extended his hitting streak to 10 games. The streak includes the final three games of 2009 and all seven of his starts in 2010.

• Senior C Chris Berset was 2-for-4 to extend his career-best hitting streak to a current team-best 14 games. It matches the 14-game streak by senior 1B Mike Dufek earlier this season.

• Berset picked up his team-leading 17th multi-hit game this season.

• Sophomore DH Coley Crank was 2-for-3, giving him 12 multi-hit games this season and 15 for his career.

• Dufek's run-scoring double in the fourth inning proved to be his third game-winning RBI of the season. Dufek is the active career leader with 13 'gamers' as a Wolverine.

• Sophomore RHP Brandon Sinnery matched his previous career-long outing, going six innings. He also went six frames against Western Michigan on May 6, 2009.

• Junior RHP Kolby Wood collected his first career save.


Michigan Head Coach Rich Maloney
On the game ... "Brandon Sinnery gave us a big lift, we really needed that. It was outstanding, he threw pitches for strikes, he was very competitive and just really gave us what we needed. Ryan LaMarre -- what a week -- if he is not Player of the Week, I don't know what more you could do. It was pretty special, especially in his first week back. He hasn't seen much live pitching and to perform the way he did, get big hits, it really helped the team. I thought he was outstanding."

On the series win ... "It is two series in a row that we have won, so it puts us in the thick of things. That is all you can ask; you want to, each weekend, win your series. So for two of the eight, we've done that. We have a long way to go, but at least we're in the thick of things."

U-M Junior Ryan LaMarre
On returning to the lineup ... "It feels unreal. These guys, for the most part, picked me up while I was gone, but I can only watch so many games from the sidelines. It is definitely great to be back out there."

On the series win ... "Our goal, every time we come into a weekend, is to win the series. If we can sweep, that is a bonus. We always start with trying to get two (wins) first. For us to bounce back after (losing) Friday night really speaks volumes from a team standpoint. We are never going to give up; we have battled back a few times this year. It is definitely big to start off 2-0 in series wins."

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423


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