Dufek's Walk-Off Homer Clinches 14-Run Comeback Over Wildcats
Mike Dufek

May 16, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Score: Michigan 15, Northwestern 14 (10 innings)
Records: U-M (31-19, 12-9 Big Ten), Northwestern (22-29, 11-10 Big Ten)
Attendance: 1,780
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, May 18 -- vs. Ball State (Wilpon Baseball Complex), 6:35 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Staring at a 14-0 deficit in the middle of the third, the University of Michigan baseball team exploded for 15 runs on 17 hits, including a walk-off home run by senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) in the bottom of the 10th, to grab a 15-14 comeback victory over Northwestern on Sunday afternoon (May 16) at the Wilpon Baseball Complex, home of historic Ray Fisher Stadium.

Senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) led the Michigan comeback with two two-run home runs towards the end of the game. Dufek led with four hits, including his game-winning home run, and freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) also added four base-knocks. Junior pitcher Matt Miller (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) came out of the bullpen and tossed an impressive 5.2 innings, giving up only two hits and striking out seven Wildcats.

The Wolverines chipped away on the Wildcat lead coming within four heading to the bottom half of the seventh. Berset added to the comeback with a two-run home run to right-centerfield to make the score 14-12. Berset came through again after staring at a 0-2 count with two outs in the bottom of the ninth with Biondi aboard at second, launching one over the right-centerfield fence to send the game into extra innings. Dufek then finished the script, exploding for a walk-off solo home run to win it in the 10th.

Trailing 14-0 in the third, the Michigan bats came alive with back-to-back singles. Junior leftfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi) followed with a home run to right-centerfield to put the Wolverines on the board for the first time. The Wolverines then strung together another couple of hits to leave the inning trailing, 14-6.

Michigan added on three more runs in the fifth to get within five, before sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) started things off with a shot to left-centerfield to bring one across. A groundball by freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and single by Biondi added two more for the Wolverines, and Lorenz kept his bat alive in the sixth with a single to left to drive in another Michigan run.

The Wolverines return home Tuesday (May 18) as they face Ball State in the final home game of the season at 6:35 at Wilpon Complex.

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