Michigan Falls in 11-Inning Thriller to Gophers at Big Ten Tourney
Anthony Toth

May 28, 2010

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Site: Columbus, Ohio. (Bill Davis Stadium)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Semifinal)
Score: Minnesota 4, Michigan 3 (11 innings)
Records: U-M (35-21), Minnesota (29-28)
Attendance: 635
Next U-M Event: Saturday, May 29 -- vs. Iowa - Big Ten Tournament (Columbus, Ohio), 3:35 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio. -- The University of Michigan baseball team saw a seventh-inning lead slip away, falling in 11 innings to Minnesota, 4-3, on Friday (May 28) in the semifinal of the Big Ten Tournament at Bill Davis Stadium.

Sophomore/freshman pitcher Bobby Brosnahan (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) was nearly perfect in the start, giving up one run in 6.2 innings of work. He scattered five hits and struck out five in the no-decision.

Junior leftfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi) and sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) each had three-hit games for the Maize and Blue.

Michigan's 3-1 lead washed away in the eighth inning after Minnesota loaded the bases with no out and scored two runs. The damage could have been worse had it not been for a spectacular diving catch by freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) on a sinking liner with one out that held the runners in place. A run-scoring single and bases-loaded walk tied the game at 3-3.

Michigan loaded the bases in the ninth inning but could not plate a run. Minnesota then put the first two runners on in the home-half of the frame, before junior pitcher Matt Miller (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) started a 1-5-3 double play and, after walking the bases loaded, induced a groundout to end the threat. Miller was not as lucky two innings later, putting the first two runners aboard before the Gophers delivered the decisive blow in the form of a walk-off single.

After stranding runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings, Michigan pushed across the game's first run in the top of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. Sophomore designated hitter Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) led off the frame with a sharp single up the middle and moved over two bags on an error, before fifth-year senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) drove him the final 90 feet. Brosnahan followed up the run with a three-pitch inning, retiring the Gophers in short order.

Michigan tacked on two more runs just before the seventh-inning stretch, extending its edge to 3-0. With runners at second and third thanks to a sacrifice bunt by Biondi, LaMarre inside-outed a pitch to shallow rightfield to plate the first insurance run. After Minnesota walked the bases loaded, freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) came in to score ahead of a throw on a wild pitch off the backstop.

Brosnahan yielded his lone run of the game on a base hit through the right side in the bottom of the seventh. Junior pitcher Tyler Burgoon (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) was called out of the bullpen to finish the frame with two runners in scoring position and punched out the final batter of the inning.

The Wolverines drop in to the losers bracket to face Iowa on Saturday (May 29) at the Big Ten Tournament. First pitch is slated for 3:35 p.m. with national television coverage on the Big Ten Network.


• Sophomore 3B John Lorenz was 3-for-4 with his second-inning single extending his career-best hitting streak to 13 games. Lorenz, who has six career three-hit games, has 20 multi-hit games this season and 26 for his career.

• Junior OF Ryan LaMarre was 3-for-6 with a double and one run batted in. LaMarre, who has an 11-game hitting streak, has19 multi-hit games this season and 49 for his U-M career.

• LaMarre has seven hits through two games at the Big Ten Tournament. The championship record is 14 hits by Ohio State's Steve Caravati in 2005.

• Senior 1B Mike Dufek's second-inning single extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

• Senior/junior 2B Anthony Toth was 2-for-6, giving him 21 multi-hit games on the season and 40 for his career.

• Sophomore/freshman hurler Bobby Brosnahan's fifth-inning pick off was the first by a U-M pitcher since he threw out a Texas Tech runner in the third game of the season on Feb. 20. Brosnahan has both Michigan pickoffs by a pitcher, while senior backstop Chris Berset has six from behind the plate.


Michigan Head Coach Rich Maloney
On the game ... "It was a pretty wild game -- two teams with great energy. These kids have been through so much in losing heartbreakers. Like Michael (Dufek) said, we can fight back. It's going to be a dog fight tomorrow with Iowa."

On starting pitcher Bobby Brosnahan ... "Bobby was outstanding. Unfortunately in the fourth inning, he felt something in his leg and we had to really watch him, which was unfortunate because he was outstanding."

On outfielder Patrick Biondi ... "When he is on base we are much better. He does an incredible job, and in my opinion, is one of the best freshmen in the country. Minus two weeks of the season, he is probably the Freshman of the Year. He means a lot to our team and program, he's a great player and I'm glad he's on our side."

U-M Senior First Baseman Mike Dufek
On the difference in the game ... "They (Minnesota) got the late hit when they needed it."

On Minnesota's game-tying runs in the eighth inning ... "We were a little disheartened, but we needed to stay focused and keep swinging the bats."

On bouncing back with the season on line ... "We've done a good job bouncing back from losses all year. We can do better at controlling our emotions, which we will. If we play Michigan baseball, we can win this whole thing."

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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