Dec. 11, 2009
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head baseball coach Rich Maloney announced today (Dec. 11) that seniors Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) and Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) have been selected as co-captains by their teammates for the 2010 season.
"The team chose these two fine seniors; I believe they are great selections," said Maloney. "Both of them are well-deserving and will lead this team well. They both are hard workers who do things the right way and have great character. They exemplify what we want from our student-athletes and have been good role models throughout their careers."
Berset, a three-year letterwinner, posted a career high in doubles (7) and runs batted in (21) despite missing 24 games due to injury last season. The switch-hitting catcher had a breakout sophomore campaign in 2008, appearing in 42 games with 37 starts behind the dish. Michigan was 27-10 in games Berset caught as he helped lead the team to its third straight Big Ten title and NCAA Regional in Ann Arbor.
Dufek earned first team All-Big Ten honors as a first baseman last season after starting all 55 games and leading all Big Ten first basemen with 17 home runs. He tied for third place on the U-M single-season homer list while finishing with a team-best 19 doubles. Dufek also appeared on the mound 11 times, posting a 1-1 record with three saves and a 2.70 ERA.
"What I look for in a captain are players who are committed to the team," Maloney continued. "Captains should look at things bigger than themselves, and I think Chris and Mike have demonstrated that quality throughout their careers. It's not about them; they want to win for Michigan."
The new co-captains will lead the Wolverines in a quest for their fourth Big Ten championship in the last five seasons when they open the 2010 campaign at the Texas Tech Tournament, Feb. 19-21, in Lubbock, Texas, versus Jacksonville State and Texas Tech.
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