Wolverines Launch Three Home Runs to Down Rockets
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April 13, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Score: Michigan 8, Toledo 4
Records: U-M (19-11), Toledo (21-10)
Attendance: 658
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."

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423


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