April 14, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Score: Michigan 8, Bowling Green 5
Records: U-M (20-11), Bowling Green (10-18-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 16 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 6:05 p.m. CDT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and senior third baseman/leftfielder Mike Kittle (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) each hit his first career home run to help the University of Michigan baseball team defeat Bowling Green, 8-5, on Wednesday afternoon (April 14) at the Wilpon Baseball Complex, home of historic Ray Fisher Stadium.
Kittle led the Michigan offense with two runs scored and three batted in as part of a 2-for-3 day. Toth had a long ball and a double, with two runs batted in while sparking the five-run sixth inning for the Maize and Blue.
Junior pitcher Kolby Wood (Eau Claire, Mich./Berrien Springs) earned his second win of the season as he tossed 2.2 innings of relief. Junior pitcher Tyler Burgoon (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) struck out the side in the ninth to earn his second save in two days, going a solid 2.0 innings and punching out four Falcons overall.
Trailing 4-1 heading to the bottom half of the sixth, Michigan's offense came to life after a leadoff home run to left-centerfield by Toth. The Wolverines then loaded the bases for senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), who drove in junior leftfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi) with a sacrifice fly, bringing U-M within one. Senior designated hitter Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) came around to score on the next play before a single by Kittle scored fifth-year senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) from second. Freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) doubled to bring Kittle across, giving the Wolverines a 6-4 advantage.
Kittle padded the U-M lead with a two-run shot to rightfield for his first career long ball and the Wolverines left the eighth with an 8-5 advantage. Burgoon came in with a runner at first in the eighth and immediately drew a double play to empty the bases. The righty remained untouchable, striking out the final four Falcon batters.
The Wolverines travel to Champaign, Ill., for a three-game set with Illinois beginning Friday (April 16) at 6:05 p.m. CDT.
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