March 5, 2011
Michigan snapped its seven-game season-opening losing streak with the 5-2 win over UMass.
Michigan is 1-8 for the first time since 2002.
Freshman RF Michael O'Neill extended his team-leading hitting streak to nine games with hits in both games. O'Neill had a run-scoring triple against Massachusetts and singled in the third inning against host Sam Houston State. O'Neill, who is hitting .361 (13-for-36), had two stolen bases in the second game to take the team lead with five. He has at least one hit in every game in his U-M career, including four multi-hit games.
Junior/sophomore RHP/OF Tyler Mills, making his second career pitching start as a Wolverine, allowed just five hits and two runs (one earned) with seven strikeouts in 7.1 innings in the win over UMass. Mills moved his record to 1-1 on the season with a 3.77 earned-run average and 11 strikeouts in three appearances covering 14.1 innings.
Freshman RHP Jake Engels worked the final 1.2 innings in Friday's opener, allowing one base runner while facing six UMass Minutemen as he recorded the first save of his U-M career. Engels has a 0.00 ERA in three outings in 2.1 innings of action.
Sophomore/freshman catcher Zach Johnson's second-inning RBI-single gave Michigan a 1-0 lead over Massachusetts and it proved to be his first career game-winning RBI as a Wolverine. The single extended Johnson's hitting streak to three games.
Junior 3B John Lorenz, who is hitting .278 (10-for-36) for the season, was 1-for-4 in each game Friday to give him hits in 22 of his last 23 games.
Sophomore SS Derek Dennis was 2-for-3 with a double and two stolen bases in the win over Massachusetts to give him 16 career multi-hit games. He was held hitless in the second game.
Sophomore CF Patrick Biondi was 3-for-7 Friday in the two games with a 2-for-3 game with a double against Sam Houston State. Biondi had two stolen bases against UMass in the opener to push his career total to 33. Biondi has three multi-hit games this season and 24 for his U-M career.
Senior/junior 1B Garrett Stephens, who is hitting .324 (11-for-34), had his five-game hitting streak snapped in Friday's opener against Massachusetts. Stephens collected his team-leading ninth RBI with a single against Sam Houston State in the second game, giving him hits in seven of U-M's nine games this season.
Senior co-captain 2B Anthony Toth reached base four times on Friday with three hits and a walk. Toth was 2-for-3 with a double in the nightcap for his 43rd career multi-hit game as a Wolverine.
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