April 6, 2012
The shutout win was the first for the Wolverines since a 3-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader over Illinois on April 17, 2011, in Fisher Stadium.
With Friday's 4-0 win over Michigan State, Wolverine head coach Rich Maloney is 5-5 in his 10 Big Ten home openers. Maloney is 6-4 in conference openers and he is 5-5 in Big Ten openers at home and on the road.
Freshman SS Dylan Delaney, who is hitting .189 (18-for-95), was 2-for-4 and his first-inning home run proved to be his first game-winning RBI as a Wolverine. Delaney, making only his second start as the number two man in U-M's lineup, has three multi-hit games this season.
Senior RHP Brandon Sinnery (2-3, 4.30 ERA) allowed nine hits with five strikeouts and one walk in 8.1 innings of scoreless work. The win is Sinnery's 10th as a Wolverine.
The shutout is the first U-M shutout since Sinnery tossed a four-hit complete game win vs. Illinois on April 17, 2011. Sinnery had nine strikeouts in that win.
Freshman RHP Matt Ogden (1-2, 3.50 ERA, three saves) faced one batter and collected a game-ending double-play grounder. Ogden, who leads the team with 11 pitching appearances, leads the Wolverines with three saves.
Junior co-captain CF/2B Patrick Biondi, who is leading the team in hitting at .333 (37-for-111), was 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, a stolen base and one RBI. The homer was the first of the season for Biondi and the third of his Wolverine career.
Biondi, who has reached base in the past 15 games, has hits in 12 of his last 13 games.
Biondi, who has 11 multi-hit games this season and 50 for his U-M career, has scored a team-leading 30 runs this season and has scored 135 times in 141 games in his Wolverine career.
Biondi, who leads the Wolverines with 19 stolen bases, collected his 75th career steal to snap the tie for second place on U-M's career stolen-base list with former Wolverine LF Jim Durham (74 steals, 1986-89). The record is 90 stolen bases set by CF Eric Rose (2004-07).
Senior catcher/1B/DH Coley Crank, who is hitting .202 (20-for-99), was 1-for-4 with a run-scoring double. Crank has five doubles this season and 41 in 175 games in his U-M career.
Crank has 22 RBI this season and 130 in his U-M career.
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