April 6, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 4, Michigan State 0
Records: U-M (14-16, 1-3 Big Ten), MSU (18-9, 2-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 7 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 1:05 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) threw 8.1 shutout innings and freshman Dylan Delaney (Woodland Hills, Calif./Chaminade) and junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) each hit solo home runs as the University of Michigan baseball team opened its three-game series against Michigan State with a 4-0 win over the Spartans Friday afternoon (April 6) in front of 2,002 fans at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.
Sinnery struck out five and walked just one in his 8.1 innings pitched, earning his second win of the season and 10th as a Wolverine. Freshman Matt Ogden (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill) picked up his third save of the season, inducing a ground-ball double play to end the game and preserve the shutout.
Delaney opened the scoring in the first with his second home run of the year, a solo shot to the gap in left field. That score remained the same until the sixth. The Maize and Blue got out of a big jam in the top of the frame. The first two Spartans were retired before three straight singles from Ryan Jones, Jordan Keur and Torsten Boss loaded the bases. However, Sinnery got Tony Wieber to ground out to first to end the threat.
Biondi opened the Michigan half of the sixth with his first home run of the season and third of his career. Michigan added a run in the sixth as senior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) brought in freshman Will Drake (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) with a single to left.
Michigan added insurance in the eighth. Biondi singled, stole second, moved to third on a Drake fly out and scored as senior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) doubled to left field. In the ninth, Sinnery retired Joel Fisher, but a Ryan Krill double, a walk to Justin Scanlon and a single from Jimmy Pickens loaded the bases. Ogden came in and got pinch hitter Jared Hook to ground into the double play to end the game and give the Wolverines their first Big Ten win of 2012.
Biondi and Delaney had two hits apiece to lead Michigan's offense. Keur and Scanlon had two hits for the Spartans. Tony Bucciferro was tagged with the loss, striking out seven and allowing seven hits and four runs in 7.2 innings.
Michigan and Michigan State continue the three-game series Saturday afternoon (April 7) at 1:05 p.m. at McLane Stadium in East Lansing, Mich.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423