March 13, 2011
Michigan (3-11) used a ninth-inning rally to beat host Winthrop (6-7) 9-8 Saturday night and gain a split of two games in the Bojangles Baseball Classic played Saturday in Rock Hill, S.C. Michigan lost to Stony Brook 3-1 in the morning game. Stony Brook (5-4) beat Winthrop 4-3 in a tournament game played Saturday afternoon between the two Michigan games. Stony Brook is 2-0 in tournament play, while Michigan and Winthrop are both 1-2.
Michigan's five-run, seventh-inning rally that tied the game against Winthrop at 8-8 was the biggest offensive inning of the season for the Wolverines. Michigan had scored four runs in an inning twice for the previous best in 2011.
Michigan is 3-11 for the first time since 2002.
Senior co-captain 2B Anthony Toth's run-scoring double with one out in the ninth inning Saturday night against Winthrop proved to be his first game-winning RBI of the season. Toth is the active leader in career game-winners for the Wolverines with seven.
Toth, who is hitting .278 (15-for-54), was 2-for-6 against Winthrop Saturday night after going 0-for-3 versus Stony Brook in the first game that snapped his personal season-best hitting streak at five games. Toth has hits in 14 of his last 17 games as a Wolverine. Toth has five multi-hit games this season and he has 46 for his U-M career.
Freshman RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .364 (20-for-55) ,extended his team-leading hitting streak to 14 games with hits in both games Saturday. O'Neill had a ninth-inning single against Stony Brook and a first-inning single against Winthrop as he was 2-for-8 with two walks in the two games as he reached base five times. O'Neill has at least one hit in every game in his U-M career.
O'Neill leads the Wolverines with 10 stolen bases adding two to his total Saturday night giving him five in two games against host Winthrop.
Sophomore RHP Ben Ballantine (1-1, 4.76 ERA) pitched 6.1 shutout innings allowing three hits as he recorded six strikeouts to earn first career win as a Wolverine in the 9-8 comeback win over Winthrop Saturday night. Ballantine entered the game with U-M trailing 8-3 with two outs and two runners on base in Winthrop's five-run third inning and he struck out the only batter he faced in that 10-batter frame. He is tied for third on the team with 11 strikeouts.
Sophomore/freshman catcher John DiLaura, making his first career start, was 1-for-3 in Saturday's opener against Stony Brook as he collected his first career hit as a Wolverine with a fifth-inning single. DiLaura notched his second career hit with a two-run, pinch-single in the five-run seventh inning rally against Winthrop Saturday night and he drew the ninth-inning walk that started Michigan's game-winning rally. The winning run was scored by freshman OF Adam Robinson, who was a pinch runner for DiLaura.
Junior catcher/DH Coley Crank was 3-for-8 with three doubles in U-M's two games on Saturday. Crank leads the team with six doubles and he has 25 career doubles as a Wolverine. Crank was 2-for-5 with three RBI in the win Saturday night against Winthrop for his third multi-hit game of the season and the 29th of his Michigan career.
Sophomore CF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .328 (19-for-58), had his personal season-best hitting streak snapped at seven games in Saturday's opener against Stony Brook. Biondi bounced back going 3-for-6 against Winthrop in the second game, giving him five hits in two games against Winthrop. Biondi has seven multi-hit games this season and 28 for his U-M career. He has eight career three-hit games at Michigan.
Junior 3B John Lorenz, who is hitting .259 (15-for-58) for the season, was 1-for-4 in each game Saturday, giving him hits in 12 of Michigan's 14 games this season and he has hits in 26 of his last 28 games over the past two seasons.
Sophomore RHP Kyle Clark started slowly in his first start of the season in the opener Saturday against Stony Brook, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits in the first two innings. He settled down and pitched six shutout innings, allowing just two more hits, but he took the loss. Clark (0-1, 3.00 ERA), who is second on the team with 12 strikeouts, more than doubled his innings pitched total for the season going from seven to 15.
Junior/sophomore LF Kevin Krantz, who is hitting .270 (10-for-37), was 1-for-2 with a double Saturday night against Winthrop to extend his hitting streak to three games. Krantz had sac bunts in the five-run seventh inning rally and he set up the winning run with a bunt in the ninth inning.