April 18, 2010
Michigan's (22-12, 6-3 Big Ten) six-run, seventh-inning rally featured five unearned runs.
Michigan won its third straight Big Ten series for the first time since taking three in a row from Penn State (April 4-6), Illinois (April 11-13) and Michigan State (April 18-20) in 2008.
The win pulled the Wolverines (6-3) into a tie for first place with Ohio State, while Illinois (4-5) drops into a tie for seventh place with Minnesota.
Freshman OF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .397 (54-for-136), was 3-for-3 with a double and a triple.
Biondi's run-scoring triple in the seventh inning was his sixth triple of the season to move him into a four-way tie for sixth place on U-M's single-season triples list with Jason Christian (2008), Rich Bair (1983) and Steve Boros (1956).
Biondi walked to lead off the game and scored on a double by Ryan LaMarre to give U-M a 1-0 lead. Biondi, who leads the Wolverines with 48 runs scored this season, has scored leading off U-M's first inning five games in a row and 16 times in U-M's 34 games in 2010.
Junior OF Ryan LaMarre, who is hitting .500 (24-for-48), was 3-for-6 with a double and a triple. LaMarre's first-inning RBI double extended his hitting streak to 15 games, which includes the final three games of 2009 and all 12 of his starts this season.
LaMarre, who is hitting .593 (16-for-27) in Big Ten play this season, has multi-hit games in all six of his Big Ten starts with four three-hit games. He has eight of his 38 career multi-hit games this season.
Junior RHP Tyler Burgoon (5-1, 3.13 ERA, six saves) worked 5.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, allowing three hits and recording seven strikeouts to earn the win. Burgoon, who has 44 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched, leads the Wolverines in wins (5) and saves (6).
Burgoon is 3-0 with all six of his saves in his last nine appearances and has allowed just one unearned run in 10 straight relief outings covering 23.1 innings.
Senior catcher Chris Berset, who is hitting .408 (53-for-130), was 2-for-5. Berset's third-inning RBI single extended his career-best hitting streak to a team-best 19 games. Berset's hitting streak is the best for a Wolverine since Eric Rose had a 28-game streak in 2007.
Berset's seventh-inning RBI single snapped a 3-3 tie and proved to be his third game-winning RBI of the season and his seventh career 'gamer.'
Berset, who has 13 multi-hit games in his 19-game hit streak, leads the team with 21 multi-hit games this season and has 44 in his U-M career.
Freshman SS Derek Dennis, who is hitting .271 (32-for-118), was 1-for-3 with a pair of sac flies. Dennis has scored 23 runs and has 25 RBI from his ninth slot in the lineup.