March 30, 2012
Wolverine head coach Rich Maloney is now 6-4 in conference openers in his 10 seasons at U-M, 5-5 in Big Ten road openers and 4-5 in Big Ten home openers.
Junior co-captain CF/2B Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .340 (33-for-97), was 3-for-4 with a run scored, a hit-by-pitch, a run batted in and a stolen base as he extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Biondi, who has 10 multi-hit games this season and 49 for his U-M career, has scored a team-leading total of 25 runs this season and has scored 130 times in 137 games in his Wolverine career.
Biondi has five consecutive multi-hit games, going 14-for-20 (.700) in the span with two three-hit games and a four-hit game in that span.
Biondi, who leads the Wolverines with 17 stolen bases, collected his 73rd career steal. Biondi ranks third on U-M's career stolen base list, one shy of former Wolverine LF Jim Durham (74 steals, 1986-89) in second place. The record is 90 stolen bases set by CF Eric Rose (2004-07).
Biondi led off the U-M first inning at Minnesota Friday with a single, stole second base and scored on a throwing error. Biondi has scored in the first inning as Michigan's leadoff batter 39 times in his Wolverine career (21 times in 2010, 12 times in 2011 and six times so far in 2012).
Sophomore RHP/DH Alex Lakatos, who is hitting .333 (2-for-6), collected a run-scoring pinch-hit single.