May 8, 2010
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome)
Score: Minnesota 5, Michigan 4
Records: U-M (28-17, 9-8 Big Ten), Minnesota (22-26, 10-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, May 9 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1:05 p.m. CDT
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The University of Michigan baseball team held a three-run lead in the sixth inning and carried an advantage into the final frame but fell in walk off fashion at Minnesota, 5-4, on Saturday (May 8) on Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
Senior pitcher Alan Oaks (White Lake, Mich./Divine Child) yielded two runs in 5.2 innings of work and did not earn a decision. Junior pitcher Tyler Burgoon (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) went 3.0 innings in relief, striking out five batters before suffering the loss.
Senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and fifth-year senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) knocked in the difference in the sixth as part of a two-hit day for the Wolverines.
Michigan broke a scoreless tie in the fourth on a two-run single from senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain). Michigan used a walk, a single and an error to load the bases with nobody out to set up the game's first runs. Dufek came up with one out and parachuted a ball into shallow leftfield, scoring freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) and senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius).
After Oaks worked his way out of a jam in the fifth inning, escaping a bases loaded situation with a backward K, Michigan put another run on the board to take a 3-0 sixth-inning lead. With two runners aboard on sharply hit singles, Urban hit a changeup past a diving Gopher shortstop and into leftfield to score senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) from second base.
Minnesota scored two in the sixth before Michigan got some late insurance in the top of the final frame to hold a 4-2 lead. Urban led off the inning with a double to the warning track and came to score on successive sacrifice bunts from sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central).
Clinging to a one-run lead, Michigan was unable to contain the Gophers in the final frame, yielding a two-run walk-off single. After retiring the first batter of the frame, Minnesota picked up three straight singles and a walk to pull to within one run. With the bases loaded and two away, Minnesota's Trip Schultz took a 3-2 pitch to left-centerfield, plating the tying and winning runs.
Michigan will look to salvage the series against Minnesota with a win on Sunday (May 9). First pitch inside the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. CDT.
N O T E S
Freshman CF Patrick Biondi collected stolen bases 25 and 26 in the seventh inning, pulling into a tie for sixth place on U-M's single-season stolen base list with Jim Durham (26, 1989). He is one theft shy of Steve Finken (27, 1987) and fifth place.
Senior 1B Mike Dufek was 2-for-4 for his 18th multi-hit game of the season and 45th as a Wolverine.
Senior RF Nick Urban was 2-for-4 with a double for his 11th multi-hit game this season and 23rd for his career.
Urban's sixth-inning RBI single gives him a career season-best 32 runs batted in.
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423