Crank Belts Three Homers in Opening-Day Rout of Jacksonville State

Feb. 19, 2010

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Site: Lubbock, Texas (Dan Law Field)
Event: Red Raider Classic
Score: Michigan 19, Jacksonville State 11
Records: U-M (1-0), Jacksonville State (0-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 20 -- vs. Jacksonville State at Red Raider Classic (Lubbock, Texas), 1 p.m. CST

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Sophomore designated hitter Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) hit three straight home runs and drove in seven runs to give the University of Michigan baseball team a 19-11 opening-day victory over Jacksonville State on Friday (Feb. 19) at the Red Raider Classic at Dan Law Field.

In addition to Crank's big afternoon, freshman leftfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) had a strong debut, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two stolen bases and three runs batted in.

Junior centerfielder Ryan LaMarre (Jackson, Mich./Lumen Christi), senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) and senior rightfielder Nick Urban (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall) sparked the offensive charge from the heart of the order, combining to go 6-for-12 with four RBI and eight runs scored.

Junior pitcher Tyler Burgoon (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) earned the opening-day victory, yielding six runs on 10 hits over five innings. He struck out five and did not issue a free pass in the longest outing of his career.

Michigan came out hacking in the first inning, using three hits, two walks and a pair of wild pitches to generate a four-run lead. LaMarre opened the scoring with a sharply hit ball through the left side to push across Biondi from the third-base bag he had just stolen. Urban drove in LaMarre after a Dufek single and the two remaining Wolverines on base came around to score after a hot shot off the bat of Crank handcuffed the Gamecock shortstop.

The Wolverine lead expanded to 11-0 in the third inning on the first extra-base hit of the game when Biondi blasted a ball over the bullpen in right field to drive in freshman shortstop Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and chase the Gamecock starter. The Maize and Blue had already added three runs to its lead before JSU retired a batter in the frame. After Crank was robbed by a diving grab in left field, Lorenz delivered with a single to centerfield that drove in Urban easily and saw senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) slide in just ahead of a tag at the plate. Jacksonville State erased a majority of the extended advantage in the bottom of the third with a six-spot of its own.

It was all Crank after the fourth as the U-M designated hitter went to all three fields on three consecutive at-bats. Crank took a crack at same tree that Biondi hit with his home run an inning earlier to score Dufek from third base and extended the U-M lead to 13-6. Dufek tacked on another run in the fifth frame, sacrificing Biondi in from third before Crank once again unloaded with a home run over the centerfield fence. Stepping up in the seventh inning with two runners on, Crank pulled a ball over the leftfield fence to expand the lead to 19-6.

Freshman pitcher Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) came on in relief in the sixth and, after working his way into a bases-loaded jam, sent the Gamecocks clean-up hitter back to the dugout on a called third strike to end the threat. Michigan went to the bullpen again to start the seventh and eighth innings, but JSU put a five-run dent into the U-M lead heading into the final frame.

The Wolverines will split Saturday's (Feb. 20) doubleheader between Jacksonville State and host Texas Tech. Michigan will square off with the Gamecocks at 1 p.m. CST before meeting the Red Raiders for the first time in program history at 4 p.m. CST.

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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