March 3, 2012
Sophomore RF Michael O'Neill extended his hitting streak to team season-best nine games with a first-inning, two-run homer against Chicago State and a first-inning single against Xavier.
O'Neill, who is hitting .478 (22-for-46), was 3-for-5 versus Chicago State with a homer and 3-for-4 against Xavier. He had five runs batted in in the two games.
O'Neill's first-inning homer, his team-leading fifth of the season, proved to be his first game-winning RBI of the season and the fourth of his career.
O'Neill has hits in 54 of his 65 games as a Wolverine with 25 multi-hit games, 15 doubles and seven homers in his U-M career.
O'Neill leads the team in hits (22), doubles (7), homers (5), RBI (16), slugging (.957) and average (.478).
Senior catcher/DH Coley Crank, who is hitting .212 (7-for-33), was 3-for-7 in Saturday's doubleheader, including a 2-for-4 game with two home runs in the opener versus Chicago State. It was Michigan's first two-homer game since Crank belted two in a 16-10 win over Ball State on May 18, 2010.
Crank, with 25 homers, moved into a tie for 13th on Michigan's career home run list with David Parrish (1998-2000). Crank, with nine RBI this season, has 117 in his U-M career.
Freshman LF Will Drake, who is hitting .381 (16-for-42), was 6-for-6 with two doubles, two triples, four runs scored and three RBI versus Chicago State. He was 0-for-3 with a walk against Xavier.
Drake's six-hit game was the best for a Wolverine since Mike Dufek (2007-2010) was 6-for-6 with two homers in a 20-1 win at Western Michigan on May 5, 2009. Michigan 1B Mike Sokol (2000-03) had two triples in a 16-4 win over Bowling Green on April 3, 2001.
Junior co-captain CF/2B Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .256 (10-for-39), was 2-for-4 with a walk against Chicago State while making his first career start at second base. He was 1-for-5 with a stolen base while back in CF against Xavier. Biondi scored three runs in the doubleheader.
Biondi, who leads the team with nine stolen bases, collected his 65th career steal to pull into a tie for third on Michigan's career stolen base list with Steve Finken (65 steals, 1986-88). Former Wolverine OF Jim Durham (74 steals, 1986-89) is second on the list.
Biondi, who has scored 14 times this season, has scored 119 runs in 122 games in his Wolverine career.
Sophomore 1B Brett Winger, who is hitting .342 (13-for-38), was 3-for-6 with a homer and three RBI against Chicago State and he was 1-for-4 versus Xavier as he extended his hit streak to five games.
Winger and Coley Crank hit back-to-back homers in the eight-run fifth-inning rally against Chicago State. The last time the Wolverines had back-to-back homers they were hit by 3B John Lorenz and SS Derek Dennis against Iowa on May 29, 2010, in the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
Junior/sophomore 2B John DiLaura, who is hitting .556 (5-for-9), was 1-for-4 as he extended his hitting streak to four games with a second-inning RBI single in Saturday's second game. DiLaura was a defensive replacement in the Chicago State game and did not have a plate appearance.