Feb. 19, 2010
With today's victory, Wolverine head coach Rich Maloney moved his record on opening day to U-M to 5-3. Maloney has won four straight openers at Michigan and has won five of the last six.
Michigan's 19-11 win over Jacksonville State marks the most runs scored by the Wolverines in a season opener since beating Arizona State 24-18 in 1969.
Coley Crank's three-home run game was the first for a Wolverine since Derek VanBuskirk hit three on April 28, 2008, in a 27-6 win over Michigan State. It was the first three-homer game for a Wolverine in a neutral site game since Derek Besco hit three vs. Maine on March 9, 1997, in a game at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.
Crank's four hits and seven RBI today both account for new career highs. Crank had a pair of three-hit games against Siena on March 7, 2009, and his lone previous multi-RBI game came in the first game against Siena.
Crank's seven RBI effort was the best since teammate Ryan LaMarre had seven against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Feb. 27, 2009.
Michigan freshmen Patrick Biondi and Derek Dennis both earned their first collegiate starts. It was the first time a pair of rookies made the opening-day lineup since the 2006 season against Alabama-Birmingham on Feb. 24, 2006, when Adam Abraham and Kevin Cislo were on Coach Maloney's lineup card. Abraham and Cislo were a combined 0-for-5 on that day, while Biondi and Dennis went 5-for-9 with four runs scored today.
Freshman pitcher Ben Ballantine made his collegiate debut out of the bullpen in the sixth inning. Redshirt freshman infielder Kevin Krantz came on in the seventh inning and freshman pitcher Kyle Clark entered in the eighth inning for their Michigan debuts.
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