Postgame Notes: U-M 17, Chicago State 8; Xavier 7, U-M 4
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March 3, 2012

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• 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.


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