Feb. 18, 2012
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Michigan is 4-6 in the four years of the Big Ten-Big East Challenge. U-M was 3-0 in 2009, 1-2 in 2010, 0-3 in 2011 and 0-1 in 2012.
Michigan had three players make collegiate debuts. Freshmen Will Drake (LF), Kevin White (DH) and Dylan Delaney (2B) each started for the Wolverines.
O'Neill hit his third career home run. He also had at least one hit for the second straight season opener.
Brandon Sinnery made his 51st appearance and 21st start.
The Michigan-Pittsburgh game did not start until 9:23 p.m. after rain delayed the start of play at Florida Auto Exchange Field.
On the first day of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge, the Big East won 6 of 8 games. Michigan State and Iowa won games for the Big Ten Conference.
Head coach Rich Maloney's record in season openers at Michigan drops to 5-5. Maloney had a four-game opening game winning streak snapped by Louisville to open 2011.
Freshman LF Will Drake collected his first career hit with a third-inning single and it was the first Wolverine hit of 2012. Drake, who is hitting .600 (3-for-5), reached in each of his first four at-bats as a Wolverine with a walk, two singles and a double. Drake scored twice and collected he two stolen bases in his U-M debut.
Sophomore RF Michael O'Neill, the team MVP in 2011, was 2-for-5 with a double, a homer and three RBI. O'Neill has a four-game hitting streak and his home run was the first of the season for Michigan and it was his third career round-tripper.
O'Neill has hits in 45 of his 55 games as a Wolverine, with 17 career multiple-hit games.
Senior catcher Coley Crank reached base four times, going 1-for-2 with a double, three walks and two runs scored. Crank has a three-game hitting streak and now has 37 career doubles and has scored 89 runs as a Wolverine.
Senior co-captain 3B John Lorenz was 2-for-4 with a run-scoring double. Lorenz has 34 doubles and 38 career multi-hit games as a Wolverine.
Freshman C/DH Kevin White collected his first career hit with a two-run single in the sixth inning.
Junior co-captain CF Patrick Biondi opened the season going 1-for-6 with his 19th career double.