May 9, 2010
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome)
Score: Michigan 2, Minnesota 1
Records: U-M (29-17, 10-8 Big Ten), Minnesota (22-27, 10-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, May 11 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 3:05 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Junior leftfielder Ryan LaMarre's (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi) eighth-inning solo home run proved the difference for the University of Michigan baseball team as it edged Minnesota, 2-1, on Sunday (May 9) on Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
LaMarre and sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), who had two hits on the day, each drove in a run for the Maize and Blue.
Sophomore/freshman pitcher Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) came on in relief in the sixth and promptly got an inning-ending double play. He went the rest of the way en route to the victory, striking out four in 3.2 innings. Sophomore pitcher Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) tossed 5.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits, and struck out three batters.
The Gophers took advantage of a Michigan fielding miscue to go ahead 1-0 in the second inning before Lorenz issued the Michigan response to tie the game 1-1 in the fourth. With sophomore designated hitter Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) at first, Lorenz ripped a ball into the gap that carried all the way to the baggie in right-center. Crank raced around third and crossed the plate before the throw from the outfield was cut off.
LaMarre broke the tie on the second pitch of the eighth inning after three innings of scoreless baseball. The junior outfielder turned on a 1-0 pitch and put it 15 rows deep in the leftfield stands to put Michigan ahead, 2-1.
Michigan and Michigan State will square off in a home-and-home non-conference series beginning at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday (May 11) in East Lansing, Mich. The game can be heard live on 1050 AM WTKA and MGoBlue All-Access.
N O T E S
Michigan (29-17, 10-8 Big Ten) pulled into a three-way tie for second place in the conference race with a 2-1 win over Minnesota (22-27, 10-8 Big Ten) in the Metrodome Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis, Minn.
Purdue (10-7), with a game Monday vs. Michigan State (7-10), leads the Big Ten with Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern tied for second at 10-8. Ohio State and Indiana are tied for fifth place at 9-9 with two weekends remaining in the season.
Junior OF Ryan LaMarre
, who is hitting .396 (38-for-96), was 1-for-4 on Sunday and just 1-for-12 for the weekend series, but the hit was a solo home run in the eighth inning that snapped a 1-1 tie and proved to be the game-winner. LaMarre has three game-winners this season and has nine "gamers" for his U-M career.
LaMarre, who has three home runs this season and 18 for his U-M career, has hits in 23 of his last 27 games.
Redshirt freshman LHP Bobby Brosnahan
(5-4, 4.66 ERA) pitched 3.2 shutout innings out of the bullpen allowing one hit with four strikeouts to record the win Sunday at Minnesota. Brosnahan is second on the team with his five wins.
Sophomore 3B John Lorenz
was 2-for-4 with a run-scoring double in the win Sunday afternoon at Minnesota. Lorenz had a pair of multi-hit games in the series vs. Minnesota to give him 13 for the season. He has19 multi-hit games for his career.
Freshman OF Patrick Biondi
, who is hitting .324 (60-for-185), was 2-for-4 with a stolen base Sunday at Minnesota. Biondi has 18 multi-hit games.
Biondi collected his 27th stolen base of the season in the ninth inning on Sunday at Minnesota, his third steal of the weekend. Biondi has pulled into a tie for fifth place on U-M's single-season stolen base list with Steve Finken (1986-88) who had 27 steals in 1987. Fourth on the list is Chris Getz with 29 steals in 2005.
Senior RF Nick Urban
, who is hitting .299 (44-for-147) was 1-for-3 with a double Sunday at Minnesota. Urban was 4-for-9 (.444) in the series at Minnesota with two doubles and a homer and he was hit by a pitch three times. Urban has 13 doubles for the season and 20 for his career.
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423