May 20, 2010
Site: State College, Pa. (Medlar Field at Lubrano Park)
Score: Michigan 6, Penn State 3
Records: U-M (33-19, 13-9 Big Ten), Penn State (21-29, 8-14 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, May 21 -- at Penn State (Medlar Field at Lubrano Park), 5:35 pm
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The University of Michigan baseball team used three run-scoring extra-base hits en route to a 6-3 victory at Penn State on Thursday night (May 20) on Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The victory, which is U-M's 300th under head coach Rich Maloney, clinches the Wolverines a spot in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament (May 26-29).
Senior pitcher Alan Oaks (White Lake, Mich./Divine Child) collected his fifth win of the year, going seven innings with five strikeouts while yielding three runs on six hits. Junior pitcher Tyler Burgoon (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) matched a U-M program record with his 10th save of the season with two scoreless innings of work and three strikeouts.
Fifth-year senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) and sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) both collected run-scoring triples as a part of two-hit games. Senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) also posted a multi-hit game and came around to score twice.
Urban was the first in the Maize and Blue extra-base hit parade, tripling into the leftfield gap in the top of the second inning to score Berset and knot the game at 1-1. Freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) turned a bunt single into a run, working his way to third base before outracing a throw from shallow rightfield on a sacrifice fly to give U-M the lead for good in the visiting half of the third.
With two runners on in the fourth, Lorenz sliced a three-base hit to put U-M ahead 4-1. The sophomore smacked a sinking liner past a diving PSU outfielder in the rightfield gap to plate Berset and senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain). PSU answered with two solo home runs in the home half of the fourth before the Wolverine pitchers hung up zeros for the final five innings.
Crank and Urban gave the Maize and Blue a pad on its lead in the sixth, putting U-M up by three. Crank did his part with a solo home run 409 feet to left-centerfield. Dufek then doubled on the first pitch he saw and moved to third on a throwing error before crossing the plate on the very next pitch that Urban deposited in leftfield.
Burgoon came on with one runner on in the eighth and, after loading the bases, got a batter swinging and induced a 3-6-1 double play to emerge unscathed en route to his record-tying save.
The Wolverines will continue their push at the Big Ten regular-season title Friday (May 21) at Penn State. The game will be aired live on MGoBlue All-Access beginning with first pitch at 5:35 pm.
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423