April 13, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Score: Michigan 8, Toledo 4
Records: U-M (19-11), Toledo (21-10)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, April 14 -- vs. Bowling Green (Wilpon Baseball Complex), 3:05 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on the strength of first-inning back-to-back home runs from junior leftfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi) and senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) en route to an 8-4 win over Toledo on Tuesday afternoon (April 13) at the Wilpon Baseball Complex, home of historic Ray Fisher Stadium.
Senior pitcher Eric Katzman (Harrington Park, N.J./Northern Valley Old Tappan) earned his second win of the season as he tossed five hitless innings of relief and struck out a pair. Freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) led Michigan with three hits from the leadoff position and LaMarre added two hits, two runs batted in and three runs scored.
Michigan left the yard on back-to-back pitches to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Biondi landed on second with his rookie-record 20th steal of the season before LaMarre got under a ball and deposited it just beyond the reach of the leaping rightfielder for a home run. Berset followed up by ripping the first pitch he saw to straight away centerfield, easily clearing the fence. The U-M power surge continued as sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) pelted a home run to rightfield to lead off the second. Biondi doubled and scored on a sacrifice bunt from senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) to extend the U-M lead to 5-1.
The Wolverines loaded the bases on a double by LaMarre and two straight walks in the bottom half of the fifth. Redshirt senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) then drove a ball to short that skidded into centerfield, bringing home two runs as Michigan left the fifth leading, 7-4.
Michigan turned to junior pitcher Tyler Burgoon (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) in the top of the ninth as Toledo put runners on first and second. Burgoon forced a groundball to second base for the 4-6-3, game-ending double play.
Michigan will be back at it tomorrow (Wednesday, April 14) when Bowling Green comes to the Wilpon Baseball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.
N O T E S
With his first steal of the game, Patrick Biondi broke Bruce Fox's 55-year-old U-M rookie record for steals in a season. Biondi stole his 20th and 21st bases of the season, besting Fox's 19 steals set during the 1955 season.
Biondi's 21st steal, in the second inning, put him ninth on U-M's single-season stolen base list as he tied and then moved ahead of Mike Watters (20 steals, 1985) on the day.
Biondi singled and scored in the first inning, giving him runs in the first inning 12 of U-M's 30 games in 2010.
The Wolverines got back-to-back home runs from Ryan LaMarre and Chris Berset in the first inning, marking the first time U-M hitters left the yard in consecutive at-bats since LaMarre and Dufek did it against Jacksonville on Feb. 28, 2009.
Junior OF Ryan LaMarre was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. His first-inning home run proved to be his second game-winning RBI of the season. LaMarre has eight career "gamers."
Senior C Chris Berset was 1-for-2, extending his career-best hitting streak to a team-long 15 games.
Junior RHP Tyler Burgoon picked up the save today, improving to 2-0 with five saves in eight straight scoreless relief outings covering 16.0 innings.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Rich Maloney
On Michigan pitching ... "I thought Matt Miller, even though he gave up some runs there, I thought he threw some better pitches than he had been, so that was encouraging. Eric Katzman was splendid, he kept them off balance and he just did a really nice job."
On the hitting ... "What can you say about Ryan LaMarre, he continues to do what he does. Nick's [Urban] at-bat was a huge at-bat when he really hit a rocket. I know it was ruled an error, but it was a hard-hit ball that ate the shortstop for a very tough play. I thought that was a very big play, that was huge. I think it was a 2-0 pitch and he squared and hit a rocket -- got us a couple runs there."
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