Crank Leads Wolverine Charge in Comeback Win Over Fordham

March 19, 2010

Box Score |  Notes

Sites: Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Tradition Field Sports Complex - Field #7)
Score: Michigan 8, Fordham 6
Records: U-M (7-9), Fordham (4-12)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 20 -- vs. Fordham - Doubleheader (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), 11 a.m.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan baseball team used a pair of four-run innings to pick up an 8-6 comeback victory over Fordham on Friday afternoon (March 19) on Field #7 of the Tradition Field Sports Complex, the Spring Training home of the New York Mets.

Sophomore pitcher Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) was strong out of the bullpen, yielding just one unearned run in three innings for his second win of the season. Junior pitcher Matt Miller (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) tallied three strikeouts in 4.2 innings for the no decision, while junior pitcher Tyler Burgoon (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance) earned the save with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings of relief.

Sophomore designated hitter Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) was 3-for-5, driving in three runs and coming up a home run shy of the cycle. Senior/junior second baseman Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) was the beneficiary of Crank's hits, scoring twice with two doubles of his own.

Michigan took charge of the game in the third inning, scoring four runs to go ahead, 4-2. Miller mowed down the last two batters in the top half of the frame before sophomore/freshman leftfielder Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) got U-M started with the bat, mashing his first career home run to leftfield. Michigan continued to roll, putting runners at the corners before an errant throw pushed freshman centerfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) across. Crank then blasted a double off the top of the leftfield fence to score Toth. Senior catcher Chris Berset (Vienna, Va./Heights School) came around to score on the next play to cap the scoring surge.

After hanging single runs on the board in the first two innings, Fordham reclaimed the lead with three runs in the fifth to take a 5-4 edge, but Michigan grabbed the lead back, 7-5, in the seventh with Crank leading the charge. With Toth and Berset on base, Crank took another crack at the fence, tripling off the rightfield wall to drive in both runners. Senior first baseman Mike Dufek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) drove Crank in on the very next pitch, singling to rightfield and chasing the Fordham pitcher. Sophomore third baseman John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) welcomed the new hurler with a run-scoring double off the leftfield fence. The Rams added one more run in the eighth, but Burgoon slammed the door with two runners on to maintain the U-M lead.

The same two teams will square off in a doubleheader tomorrow (Saturday, March 20) inside Tradition Field, the Spring Training home of the New York Mets. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. with the back half of the ticket slated to begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one.

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423

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