April 19, 2010
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- For the first time in the Rich Maloney era, the University of Michigan baseball team earned both Big Ten Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week honors. The league office announced Monday (April 19) junior pitcher Tyler Burgoon (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) as the top hurler of the week and that freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) earned a share of the player laurel with Indiana's Josh Lion. The duo helped the Wolverines retain their share of first place in the Big Ten on the strength of a 4-1 week, including taking two out of three games at Illinois.
Burgoon remained unstoppable out of the bullpen, posting saves against Toledo (April 13) and Bowling Green (April 14) and the victory at Illinois (April 18) to secure the series victory for the Maize and Blue. On the week, Burgoon threw 8.0 innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 11 batters. His biggest performance came in the weekend finale when he came out of the bullpen and scattered three hits over 5.1 innings with seven strikeouts for his team-leading fifth victory.
Biondi had an historic week, beginning with breaking Bruce Fox's 55-year-old rookie record for stolen bases, swiping his 20th bag of the year in the victory over Toledo. Biondi reached base and scored to lead off all five games last week, posting a .526 average with three doubles, a triple and a home run. After becoming the first Wolverine since 2003 to lead off a game with a home run on Saturday (April 17), Biondi went 3-for-3 with two walks, coming up a home run shy of the cycle in the weekend's last game.
Michigan earned both weekly awards for the first time since April 15, 2002, when current MLB catcher Jake Fox (2001-03) and pitcher Rich Hill (2000-02) swept the awards for their performances, which also came in Champaign against the Illini.
The Wolverines will face Notre Dame in a home-and-home series Tuesday and Wednesday (April 20-21) before hosting Iowa for a three-game set over the weekend (Fri-Sat., April 23-25).
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