Wolverines Win Slugfest Over Ball State in Home Finale
Mike Kittle

May 18, 2010

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Score: Michigan 16, Ball State 10
Records: U-M (32-19), Ball State (27-25)
Attendance: 982
Next U-M Event: Thursday, May 20 -- at Penn State (Medlar Field at Lubrano Park), 6:35 pm

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team pounded out 22 hits en route to a 16-10 victory over Ball State in the final home game of the season on Tuesday night (May 18) at the Wilpon Baseball Complex, home of historic Ray Fisher Stadium.

Junior leftfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi), senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and senior third baseman Mike Kittle (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) all had four hits to lead the Michigan offense. Sophomore catcher Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) had a pair of three-run home runs to pace the scoring charge.

Trailing 5-4 in the fourth inning, Michigan uncorked a seven-run rally to take the lead for good. Toth started the rally with a slap-hit to short left, scoring Kittle from second base. LaMarre followed with an infield single to send freshman leftfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) home to give U-M its first lead of the game. The Wolverines did not stop there as senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) added a run-scoring single of his own through the left side before Crank launched a three-run home run, his second of the game, to extend the Michigan lead to 10-5. U-M left the fourth leading, 11-5, as Kittle came to the plate again and drove in fifth-year senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) on a single to center.

Biondi showed hustle in the bottom of the first as he sent a ball down the rightfield line that he stretched into a double. A single by Toth pushed him to third and LaMarre scored Biondi on a single to rightfield for the Maize and Blue's first run of the game. Michigan left the inning trailing 3-1 on a Cardinals' home run. Staring at a 4-1 deficit in the third inning, Crank tied things quickly with his first three-run shot, clearing the brick wall in leftfield.

After taking the lead in the fourth, Michigan added four runs in following frame to pad its lead. Ball State chipped away at the U-M lead in the latter innings before junior pitcher Kolby Wood (Eau Claire, Mich./Berrien Springs) came on to throw 1.1 scoreless innings en route to the save.

The Wolverines travel to Penn State Thursday (May 20) to face the Nittany Lions in the final regular-season weekend series of the year. First pitch is set for 6:35 pm.

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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