April 9, 2011
Michigan's 7-21 start is the slowest since the 1993 Wolverine squad opened the year 7-24.
Freshman RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .306 (34-for-111), was 2-for-4 and he collected his team-leading 15th stolen base in the seventh inning. O'Neill has hits in 24 of his 28 games this season with seven multi-hit games.
Sophomore CF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .282 (33-for-117), was 1-for-4 with a stolen base as he reached base three times in the game. Biondi led off the first inning with a single, stole second base and scored on a sac fly by 3B John Lorenz. Biondi has scored in the first inning as the leadoff batter four times this season, three times in Big Ten play and 25 times in his U-M career.
Biondi, who ranks second on the team with 14 stolen bases, has 43 career steals, which rank 10th on U-M's all-time list. With his 43 career stolen bases, including 29 in 2010, Biondi is one steal shy of a three-way tie for seventh on U-M's career steals list with current Major Leaguer Chris Getz (44, 2004-05), former Major League MVP Barry Larkin (44, 1983-85) and All-American Mike Watters (44, 1983-85).
Freshman OF/RHP Alex Lakatos, who is hitting .320 (16-for-50), was 1-for-4 with a run-scoring double. His sixth-inning double extended his current team-leading and personal career-best hitting streak to six games.
Junior catcher Coley Crank, who is hitting .247 (24-for-97), was 1-for-4 and has hits in eight of his last nine games.
Senior/junior 1B Garrett Stephens, who is hitting .242 (23-for-95), was 1-for-2 and reached base three times. He has reached base five times in the series with two singles, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Stephens has a four-game hitting streak.