Doubles in Second Inning Secure Victory Over Buckeyes

April 30, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Score: Michigan 4, Ohio State 1
Records: U-M (26-14, 8-5 Big Ten), Ohio State (23-14, 7-6 Big Ten)
Attendance: 1,685
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 1 -- vs. Ohio State - Barry Larkin Jersey Retirement (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team used back-to-back run-scoring doubles in the second inning on its way to a 4-1 victory over Ohio State on Friday evening (April 30) at the Wilpon Baseball Complex, home of historic Ray Fisher Stadium.

Fifth-year senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) had a pair of runs batted in, including the game-winner, and scored a run for the Maize and Blue. Sophomore designated hitter Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) was the lone Wolverine with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 on the day.

Senior pitcher Eric Katzman (Harrington Park, N.J./Northern Valley Old Tappan) earned the victory, giving up one run on five hits in 5.1 innings of work. Junior pitcher Matt Gerbe (Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower) worked a perfect 2.1 innings before his classmate, pitcher Tyler Burgoon (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance), closed the door, striking out three of the six batters he faced for the save.

Michigan responded to an OSU run in the top of the second with a pair of run-scoring doubles in the home half of the frame. With two on, senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) doubled the first pitch he saw into the rightfield corner to score senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School). Two pitches later, Urban went to the opposite corner to push across two.

The Wolverines extended their lead to 4-1 after the seventh-inning stretch on a sacrifice fly from freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child). Urban walked and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East). Biondi then got all of a pitch that danced in the wind before coming down in the centerfielder's glove at the warning track, allowing Urban to score easily.

Michigan will retire Barry Larkin's No. 16 tomorrow (Saturday, May 1) in a pregame ceremony before a 6 p.m. first pitch with Ohio State. The first 500 fans will receive a Larkin jersey t-shirt and a commemorative trading card. Tickets will be for sale at the Wilpon Baseball Complex box office starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday.


• Ten members of the flight crew that will ferry President Barack Obama aboard Marine One to Saturday's University commencement were in attendance for tonight's game.

• Senior LHP Eric Katzman improved to 3-0 all-time in starts against the Buckeyes.

• Senior RF Nick Urban, who is hitting .287 (37-for-129), was 1-for-2 with a two-run double and a walk. Urban's second-inning double snapped a 1-1 tie and proved to be his second game-winning RBI of the season. Urban has six career 'gamers' as a Wolverine.

• Junior RHP Tyler Burgoon worked the final 1.1 innings with three strikeouts to earn his team-leading seventh save of the season.

• Burgoon is 4-0 with all seven of his saves in his 13 appearances since moving back to the bullpen. He has given up just three earned runs -- all allowed to Iowa -- in that 13-game span covering 30.2 innings.

• Burgoon's 16 career saves rank him in a tie for second on Michigan's career saves list with John Arvai (16, 1993-96).

• Sophomore DH Coley Crank collected his 18th multi-hit game this season and 21st of his U-M career.

• Senior 1B Mike Dufek collected his team-leading 16th double of the season.

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