April 16, 2010
Site: Champaign, Ill. (Illinois Field)
Score: Michigan 17, Illinois 1
Records: U-M (22-11, 5-2 Big Ten), Illinois (15-14, 3-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 17 -- at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), 3:05 p.m. CDT
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Michigan baseball team scored 15 runs in the first three innings and got a gem from senior pitcher Alan Oaks (White Lake, Mich./Divine Child) en route to a 17-1 victory at Illinois on Friday (April 16) at Illinois Field.
Oaks sparkled on the hill, yielding just one run on five hits over eight innings. Oaks struck out five batters in the victory.
Senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) went 4-for-5 with two doubles and his first long ball of the season. Dufek and senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) both had four runs batted in.
The game got out to an ominous start as Michigan's first two batters doubled and Berset followed with a run-scoring single to give Michigan a 2-0 lead. Eleven Wolverines came to the plate as Michigan extended the lead to 9-0. Freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) pushed across two runs with a sharply hit single followed by back-to-back run-scoring singles from freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) and junior leftfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi). Berset and Dufek sandwiched RBI around a line-drive, run-scoring single from sophomore designated hitter/catcher Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley).
Fifth-year senior outfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) made a sliding catch in the bottom of the second to keep Illinois off the board and set up a six-run third for the Wolverines. Michigan got four straight walks and two run-scoring at-bats before Dufek unloaded a three-run home run to rightfield.
Oaks controlled the game, allowing three hits through five innings. Michigan scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to erase Illinois' lone run, a wind aided home run in the sixth, and cruise to victory.
The Wolverines will look to secure their third straight Big Ten series win tomorrow (Saturday, April 17) against Illinois at 3:05 p.m. CDT. The game will be available on BigTenNetwork.com (video, fee) and MGoBlue All-Access (audio, free).
N O T E S
Michigan's total of 17 runs mark the 12th time in 32 games this season the Wolverines have scored 10 runs or more. The total tops the 16 runs scored in a 16-10 win at Indiana (April 2) for the most score in Big Ten play this season.
The 17 runs are the most in a conference game since a 27-6 win over Michigan State on April 20, 2008.
Freshman OF Patrick Biondi doubled and scored in the first inning, giving him runs in the opening frame in three games in a row and 14 times in U-M's 32 games in 2010.
Biondi collected his 23rd stolen base of the season, moving him into eighth on U-M's single-season list and snapping a tie with Brad Roblin (22, 2007). Steve Finken (1986-88) is seventh with 25 steals set in 1988.
Senior C Chris Berset was 2-for-5, extending his career-best hitting streak to a team-best 17 games. The last 17-game streak for U-M was by C/2B/OF Doug Pickens in 2007.
Berset, who has 11 multi-hit games in his 17-game hit streak, leads the team with 19 multi-hit games this season and has 42 for his U-M career.
Senior 1B Mike Dufek belted his 21st career home run as a Wolverine.
Dufek, who ranks third on the team with 15 multi-hit games, notched his first four-hit game of the season.
Senior RHP Alan Oaks pitched a career-best eight innings.
Junior OF Ryan LaMarre was 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 13 games, including the final three games of 2009 and all 10 of his starts this season.
LaMarre, who had three three-hit games against Purdue, has six of his 36 career multi-hit games this season.
Senior/junior 2B Anthony Toth's first-inning RBI double gave Michigan a 1-0 lead and proved to be his third game-winning RBI of the season and his fourth career 'gamer.'
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