Michigan Holds Off Ohio State for Big Ten Series Win
Nick Urban

May 2, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Score: Michigan 6, Ohio State 5
Records: U-M (27-15, 9-6 Big Ten), Ohio State (24-15, 8-7 Big Ten)
Attendance: 1,766
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, May 4 -- at Western Michigan (Kalamazoo, Mich.), 3 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team posted a 6-5 victory over Ohio State on Sunday (May 2) at the Wilpon Baseball Complex. With its fourth series win in five weekends, the Wolverines are 9-6 in the Big Ten and have earned at least a share of first place heading into the final three weeks of the regular season.

Four of U-M's six runs were driven in by the senior class. Rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) hit the fourth home run of his career to drive in the first two runs of the game in the second inning. Catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly during U-M's three-run third inning and first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) provided the decisive run in the game with a towering home run to right-centerfield in the sixth.

Sophomore pitcher Brandon Sinnery (Franklin, Mass./Worcester Academy) improved his record to a perfect 4-0 on the season. The sinewy righthander scattered seven hits over five-and-one-third innings, allowing two runs. In the ninth inning, junior reliever Tyler Burgoon (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) shut down OSU's late-inning rally by inducing a double play from slugger Ryan Dew to end the game.

Michigan got to OSU starting pitcher Brett McKinney early and often. In the second inning, Dufek ripped a two-out double to the warning track in left-centerfield. On the next McKinney offering, Urban lifted the ball over the rightfield fence for an opposite-field homer to put U-M up, 2-0.

U-M loaded the bases with two singles and a walk to start the third inning. Productive outs from junior leftfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi) and Berset drove in two runs on a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly, respectively. Sophomore designated hitter Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) then plated LaMarre with a fly ball to leftfield that hit halfway up the 26-foot high brick wall as U-M led 5-0 after three innings.

The Buckeyes trimmed their deficit to 5-2 by scoring a single run in the fourth and sixth innings, but U-M limited the damage in each frame. With runners on second and third and no outs in the fourth inning, Michael Stephens smashed a line drive that was caught by freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Northern). A groundout drove in one run and Sinnery got one of his two strikeouts on the day to end the inning.

In the sixth inning, redshirt freshman pitcher Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) inherited runners on first and third with one out. He allowed an RBI groundout and walked a batter before getting out of the inning. Michigan got a run back in the bottom of the inning on Dufek's blast to make it 6-2.

OSU put up two runs in the seventh inning. With two outs and the bases loaded -- all due to walks -- Stephens singled to centerfield on a 0-2 pitch to score a pair of Buckeyes.

In the ninth inning, Burgoon entered after the leadoff batter singled. Back-to-back one-out singles by Dan Burkhart and Stephens made the score 6-5 with the tying run on second base. Burgoon carefully pitched to Dew and eventually got the designated hitter to hit into a game-ending double play, shortstop to first base.

The Wolverines are back in action on Tuesday (May 4) when they travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., to face the Western Michigan Broncos. U-M is 5-0 against MAC opponents this season. Game time is 3 p.m.

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