U-M Sees Lead, Title Hopes Slip Away Against Iowa in Big Ten Tournament
Brandon Sinnery

May 29, 2010

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Site: Columbus, Ohio. (Bill Davis Stadium)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Consolation Final)
Score: Iowa 11, Michigan 8
Records: U-M (35-22), Iowa (30-27)
Attendance: 502
Next U-M Event: Season Complete

COLUMBUS, Ohio. -- The University of Michigan baseball team let a seven-run lead slip away, falling to Iowa, 11-8, on Saturday (May 29) in the consolation final of the Big Ten Tournament at Bill Davis Stadium. U-M was eliminated from the tournament with a third-place finish.

Sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) went 3-for-5 with a home run and three runs batted as Michigan built up an 8-1 lead through seven innings. Freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) also had a trio of hits, including a long ball of his own.

Sophomore pitcher Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) held the Hawkeyes to one run through the first six innings before Iowa began to whittle down the U-M advantage to one run, 8-7, with four runs in the sixth. The Hawkeyes added two more in the seventh and took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the eighth and held on for the victory.

A pair of run-scoring doubles got the Michigan offense rolling its way to a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. With senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) aboard, senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) sent his second double of the year into the rightfield corner for the first run of the game. Fifth-year senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) put runners at the corners before Lorenz blasted a shot off the wall in rightfield, scoring a pair of Wolverines. Iowa got one back in the bottom of the frame but left the bases loaded as Sinnery struck out the final batter to maintain the 3-1 lead for Michigan.

Sophomore designated hitter Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) left the yard in the fifth inning to extend the Wolverine lead to 5-1. With Berset, who singled after narrowly missing a home run himself, at first base and two outs, Crank turned on the first pitch he saw and deposited it over the leftfield fence. Sinnery stranded runners on second and third in four of the first five frames, including leaving them loaded in the fourth and fifth. Lorenz and Dennis connected with back-to-back home runs on successive pitches and senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) doubled and scored in the top of the sixth to give U-M an 8-1 advantage.

Michigan will now await its fate, hoping for an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The selection show, announcing all 64 teams, their respective seeds and regional destination, will air on ESPN at 12:30 p.m. on Monday (May 31).


• The Wolverines were 1-2 in the Big Ten Tournament with a pair of last at-bat losses to Minnesota and Iowa.

• Senior 1B Mike Dufek collected a pair of two-base hits today, giving him 24 of the season. He passed Mike Cervenak (23, 1999) for third place and moved into a tie with Bryan Besco (24, 1999) for second on the U-M single-season list. Besco set the record with 26 doubles in 1997.

• Dufek moved into sixth place on the U-M career list with 50 doubles. He passed Brandon Roberts (49, 2001-04), Casey Close (49, 1983-86) and Ken Hayward (49, 1982-85) on the day.

• Dufek's second-inning double extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Dufek, who had six hits in the three tournament games, has 23 multi-hit games in his senior season and 50 as a Wolverine.

• Senior C Chris Berset's fifth-inning single was his 81st base hit of the season, tying him for 12th on the U-M single-season list with Nate Recknagel (81, 2006), Brock Koman (81, 2003) and Jason Alcaraz (81, 1999).

• Berset was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Berset has 31 multi-hit games to lead the team in 2010 and 54 for his career.

• Sophomore DH Coley Crank hit his 14th home run of the season in the fifth inning, moving him into a tie with Brock Koman (14, 2001) for 11th on the U-M single-season list.

• Sophomore 3B John Lorenz hit his fourth home run of the season in the sixth inning, establishing a new career high. Lorenz left the yard three times as a rookie.

• Lorenz was 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three runs batted in to extend his career-best 14-game hitting streak. Lorenz, who has seven career three-hit games, has 21 multi-hit games this season and 27 for his career.

• Lorenz and freshman SS Derek Dennis hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning. It was the forth back-to-back home runs for the Wolverines this season. Junior OF Ryan LaMarre and Berset did it on April 13 against Bowling Green, LaMarre and Berset did it against Northwestern on May 15 and Crank followed Berset as well during the game against the Wildcats.

• Freshman SS Derek Dennis was 3-for-3 with his fourth homer of the year. Dennis was 6-for-6 in the two tournament games against Iowa.


Jarred Hippen, Iowa
Bobby Brosnahan, Michigan
Phil Isaksson, Minnesota
Scott Matyas, Minnesota
Matt Bischoff, Purdue

Kyle Knudson, Minnesota

First Base
Mike Dufek, Michigan

Second Base
Anthony Toth, Michigan

AJ Pettersen, Minnesota

Third Base
John Lorenz, Michigan

Alex Dickerson, Indiana
Kurtis Muller, Iowa
Ryan LaMarre, Michigan

Designated Hitter
Drew Madia, Purdue

Kyle Knudson, Minnesota

*Additional honorees due to ties

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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