May 27, 2010
Site: Columbus, Ohio. (Bill Davis Stadium)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Second Round)
Score: Michigan 18, Iowa 4
Records: U-M (35-20), Iowa (29-27)
Next U-M Event: Friday, May 28 -- vs. Minnesota or Indiana at Big Ten Tournament (Columbus, Ohio), 7:05 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
COLUMBUS, Ohio. -- The University of Michigan baseball team pounded out a season-high 21 hits en route to an 18-4 win over Iowa on Thursday (May 27) in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament at Bill Davis Stadium.
Junior leftfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi) went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and four more driven in to pace the offensive onslaught. Sophomore designated hitter/catcher Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley), freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central), senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) and fifth-year senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) each mashed out three hits on the afternoon.
Senior pitcher Alan Oaks (White Lake, Mich./Divine Child) earned the win in seven innings of work, striking out five Hawkeyes before freshman pitcher Kyle Clark (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) wrapped the game up with two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Michigan used three big innings to separate itself from Iowa en route to the blowout lead. Tied at 1-1 in the second, the Wolverines exploded for six runs and never looked back. Dufek and Urban led off the inning with hits through the infield before sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) bounced one into leftfield to spark the scoring. Two batters later, freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) walked with the bases loaded. Senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) capitalized, lofting a ball into rightfield to add another before a liner off the glove of the second baseman by LaMarre plated two runs to cap the rally.
The Wolverines surged again two innings later, expanding their lead to 12-1 with a five-spot on three run-scoring singles, a sacrifice fly and a line-drive home run from Urban. Iowa plated one in the fifth inning and was threatening to score more with the bases loaded, but a hot shot at Oaks was speared and the U-M hurler threw out the runner at first base to end the inning.
Michigan's lead then swelled to 14 runs at 16-2 in the bottom of the fifth frame. With a runner at third, LaMarre laced a liner that ate up the third baseman and scored Dennis. Crank followed with two runs batted in on a single, before Urban drove one in.
The teams exchange two-run innings in the seventh, but they proved trivial as Clark shut the door for the final two frames.
The Wolverines advance to the semifinal round of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday evening (May 28) at 7:05 p.m. against Minnesota. The game will be aired live nationally on the Big Ten Network.
The 18-4 victory represents the largest margin of victory for Michigan in a Big Ten Tournament game. The previous best of 12 runs came in the opening round of the 1984 championship in the form of a 13-1 victory over Northwestern. Michigan went on to win the tournament that season.
Michigan's 18 runs are the most in a single game at the Big Ten Tournament since Minnesota downed Purdue, 26-3, at the 1995 tournament .U-M's total ranks as the second-most runs scored by a team in a game in tournament history.
Michigan pounded out a season-high 21 hits today, besting the mark of 20 hit twice this season.
Freshman OF Patrick Biondi reached base five times, scored three times and had two walks. Biondi walked and scored in the first inning, giving him runs in U-M's first inning 21 times in 2010.
Biondi moved his team-leading total of runs scored to 69, advanced into fourth on U-M's single-season runs scored list. He moved from sixth to fourth on Thursday, ahead of Casey Close, who scored 68 times in both 1985 and 1986.
Junior OF Ryan LaMarre was 4-for-6 with four singles and four runs batted in. LaMarre, who has a 10-game hitting streak, has 18 multi-hit games this season and 48 for his U-M career. LaMarre has six career four-hit games.
Senior RF Nick Urban was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and three runs batted in. Urban has 14 multi-hit games this season and 26 for his career.
Sophomore 3B John Lorenz was 1-for-5 with a run-scoring single to extend his career-best hitting streak to 12 games. Lorenz gave U-M a 2-1 lead with his single that proved to be his second game-winning RBI of the season and his third career `gamer.'
Junior DH/C Coley Crank was 3-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in. Crank has five three-hit games and 23 multi-hit games this season and 26 career multiple-hit games as a Wolverine.
Senior RHP Alan Oaks improved to 6-5 on the season, moving into a tie with bullpen ace Tyler Burgoon for the team lead in wins. Oaks, who has seven career wins, leads the team in starts (15), innings pitched (92) and strikeouts (71).
Senior/junior 2B Anthony Toth was 2-for-5 with a run-scoring single for his 20th multi-hit game on the season and 39th for his career.
Freshman SS Derek Dennis was 3-for-3 and was hit by pitches twice to reach base five times. Dennis had three putouts, five assists, and turned three of U-M's four double plays.
Senior C Chris Berset reached the 50-RBI plateau with a pair of sac flies today. He has knocked in 107 runs for his career.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Rich Maloney
On the game ... "We came out here to play baseball. We hit it to all fields, moved runners when we had to and had a good approach at the plate. We faced a really good pitcher. (Nick) Brown beat us last year and he beat us earlier this year. Fortunately for us, we were able to get some good hits in the second inning and it really set the tone for the rest of the game."
U-M Senior Catcher Chris Berset
On what has changed with the offense ... "We just have to stick with our approach. We had a great approach today. We had a great round of batting practice yesterday. We're hitting up the middle and into opposite fields, which is really good. Brown's a great pitcher out there. We just have to battle whatever he throws out there and we just have to stick with our approach."
U-M Senior Pitcher Alan Oaks
On pitching seven innings and saving Michigan's bullpen ... "That is something that is in the back of my mind, but I try not to let that affect me. I just go out there and pitch my game. If I do everything right, at the end of the game I still should still be in there. It was definitely a thought of mine, and I wanted to give my team and my bullpen a good outing."
U-M Junior Outfielder Ryan LaMarre
On his performances against Iowa this season ... "I don't know if it's just about Iowa, but I just stick to my plan at the plate. I got one cheap one in there, but for the most part, I've been seeing the ball pretty well. I need to keep that up the rest of the tournament."
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