April 21, 2010
Site: South Bend, Ind. (Eck Stadium)
Score: Michigan 13, Notre Dame 1
Records: U-M (24-12), Notre Dame (15-21)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 23 -- vs. Iowa (Wilpon Complex), 6:35 p.m
ANN ARBOR, Mich. --The University of Michigan baseball team scored 13 runs with two outs and turned three inning ending double plays en route to a 13-1 win over Notre Dame on Wednesday (April 21) evening on Jack Kline Field at Frank Eck Stadium. The Wolverines claimed both ends of the home-and-home series.
Junior pitcher Matt Miller (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) threw six shutout innings in the victory, yielding just two hits with one strikeout. Sophomore/freshman pitcher Matt Broder (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) followed a scoreless inning from freshman pitcher Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) by striking out the side in the eighth.
Senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) and sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) both reached base four times and senior second baseman Mike Kittle (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) and senior/junior shortstop Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) each drove in three runs.
Michigan fired up a pair of two-out rallies in the first and second innings to take a 5-0 lead. Notre Dame retired the first two batters of the game before junior rightfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi) reached on an error and back-to-back singles from Berset and sophomore designated hitter/catcher Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) gave U-M a 1-0 lead. Senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) tacked on two more with a high fly ball that careened off the right center field fence for a base clearing triple. Dufek had to wait just three pitches from a new Irish hurler to score, coming in on a junior/sophomore leftfielder/first baseman Garrett Stephens (Davison, Mich./Davison) single to right field. Following a pair of flyouts to open the second frame, Michigan got back-to-back singles to set up a run-scoring double into the left field corner by Crank.
Miller worked quickly through the first two-thirds of the game with some help of the defense behind him. Kittle, Toth and Dufek turned three straight inning-ending double plays from the fourth to the sixth innings in their first game together since the 2009 season finale.
The Wolverines tacked on a pair in the top of the sixth and six in the seventh with two away to expand the lead to 13-0. Lorenz picked up his third walk of the game with one down in the sixth and, after advancing on a ground out, scored on a single into right field by freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child). The freshman stole second base and scored on a Toth flare into right center field. The first two batters of the seventh walked but waited for a pair of outs and another walk to set up Kittle for a three-run double to the warning track in right center field. Toth followed a walk to Biondi with a double of his own, driving in two before he came around on the next play.
Michigan welcomes Iowa to Ann Arbor this weekend (April 23-25) for a three-game set beginning on Friday (April 23) at 6:35 p.m. The first 1,000 fans will receive a maize or blue glow stick necklace to help light up the night. To order a Family 4 Pack or purchase individual tickets, please contact 866-296-MTIX or visit mgoblue.com/tickets.
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