April 1, 2011
Wolverine head coach Rich Maloney had his winning streak in Big Ten openers snapped at five. He is 6-3 in conference openers, 4-5 in Big Ten home openers and 5-3 in Big Ten road openers in his nine seasons at U-M.
Junior catcher/DH Coley Crank, who is hitting .235 (19-for-81) was 3-for-4 with his team-leading seventh double of the season. Crank has 26 career doubles.
Crank, who extended his current hitting streak to season personal-best four games, has 11 runs batted in this season and 86 for his career.
Crank has five multi-hit games this season and 31 for his Michigan career. Crank has eight career three-hit games.
Sophomore CF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .289 (28-for-97), was 1-for-4 with two stolen bases as he extended his current hitting streak to four games.
Biondi led off the first inning with a single, stole second and third base and scored on a wild pitch. Biondi has scored in the first inning as the leadoff batter twice this season and 23 times in his U-M career.
Biondi, who ranks second on the team with 11 stolen bases, moved into a tie for 10th place on Michigan's career stolen base list at 40 with Steve Buerkel (1989-92). He tied former U-M Major Leaguer Chris Sabo (39 stolen bases, 1981-83) for 11th place with his first steal of the game.
Junior 3B John Lorenz, who is hitting .289 (26-for-90) for the season, was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, giving him six doubles for the year and 28 career doubles.
Lorenz has hits in 19 of the 22 games he has had an at-bat in this season. He has hits in 33 of his last 36 games over the past two seasons. Lorenz has 34 career multi-hit games as a Wolverine.
Freshman RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .330 (30-for-91), was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and a stolen base in the first Big Ten game of his career. O'Neill has hits in 21 of his 23 games this season while leading the team in hitting, hits (30) and stolen bases (13).
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