Sinnery's Shutout Highlights U-M's Doubleheader Sweep of Illinois

April 17, 2011

Boxscores: Game 1 | Game 2
Postgame Notes | Highlights

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Baseball Complex)
Michigan 3, Illinois 0; Michigan 7, Illinois 6
Records: U-M (11-23, 4-5 Big Ten), Illinois (12-19, 4-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, April 20 -- vs. Eastern Michigan (Wilpon Complex), 6:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) tossed a four-hit, nine-strikeout shutout in game one to highlight the University of Michigan baseball team's 3-0, 7-6 doubleheader sweep of Illinois on Sunday afternoon (April 17) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Michigan won its first Big Ten series of the year, thanks in part to Sinnery, who went the distance in the first game for U-M's first shutout of the year. The junior struck out a career-high nine Fighting Illini and allowed just two runners to reach third base for the game. Sinnery gave up just four hits and walked only one batter (Brandon Hohl in the first inning).

Junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) got the offense going by crushing his fourth home run into the teeth of the wind in leftfield, giving U-M the early 1-0 lead in the second. Michigan scored a run in the fourth as Crank singled, moved to second on a walk to freshman Alex Lakatos (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central) and scored on a single from junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East).

Sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) led off the sixth with a single. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) and scored on a Crank single.

Crank went 3-for-4 in the opener with two runs scored and two runs batted in. For Illinois, Pete Cappetta had two of the four hits in the game.

John Anderson also went the distance for Illinois, pitching eight innings and allowing seven hits and three runs with four strikeouts.

Both teams scored a run in the first in the nightcap. Cappetta led off the game with a double to the gap in left. He went to second on an error and scored on an infield single from Adam Davis. Michigan responded with three straight singles from Biondi, Krantz and freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty). O'Neill's was a bunt single down the first base line that scored Biondi.

Illinois and Michigan then both scored twice in the second. Davis Hendrickson doubled to right to score Willie Argo to make it 2-1. Cappetta brought in the second run with a sacrifice fly to center. For Michigan, freshman Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) singled and Biondi walked with two outs. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and both scored on a hit and Hohl throwing error off the bat of Krantz.

Illinois took a 5-3 lead in the sixth. Davis doubled with one out. He went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Dittman double. Hendrickson then reached on a Lorenz error with two outs that scored Dittman. The Fighting Illini looked to add more in the seventh, but Lorenz made a great play at third to start an inning-ending double play with runners on first and second and one out.

The Maize and Blue scored the game-winning runs in the bottom of the seventh. Freshman Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) singled up the middle to start the frame. Biondi reached on an infield single with one out and both runners moved up on a passed ball. Krantz drove in a run with a single to the pitcher and O'Neill scored a pair with a double down the line in left, giving Michigan the 6-5 lead. Lakatos drove in Michigan's final run with a single to right.

Biondi made a great play in the eighth to keep it at 7-5. With runners on first and third and one out, Biondi caught Hendrickson's fly ball, then threw to first to double off Argo to end the threat. Illinois made it interesting in the ninth. Josh Parr and Cappetta walked to start the inning. Justin Parr bunted both runners up a base. Chase McMurray then brought home Josh Parr with a single to center, but he was thrown out trying to go to second. Hohl then popped out to end the game.

Junior Kevin Vangheluwe (St. Clair, Mich./Lake Shore) earned the win in relief, giving up two hits in an inning. Lakatos earned the start and gave up two earned runs and three hits in two innings of work. The save went to freshman Jake Engels (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern), who gave up a hit and a walk in the ninth inning. Corey Kimes took the loss, striking out five and giving up nine hits and five runs in 6.1 innings.

The top three hitters in the Michigan lineup -- Biondi, Krantz and O'Neill -- had a combined seven hits in the game. Biondi scored three runs and O'Neill drove in three. Winger also had two hits in the win. For Illinois, Davis was 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Michigan concludes its six-game homestand this Wednesday (April 20) against Eastern Michigan at 6:05 p.m.


• With Sunday's sweep, Michigan moves into a tie for sixth place in the Big Ten standings with Illinois and Northwestern.

• The Wolverines collected their first conference series win of the season and the first since winning two of three games to close out last season at Penn State (May 20-22, 2010). U-M's last series win at home came against Northwestern (May 14-16, 2010).

• Junior catcher/OF/DH Coley Crank, who is hitting .264 (32-for-121), was 3-for-7 in the doubleheader sweep. Crank was 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs batted in in the opener. Crank is leading the Wolverines with a .394 (13-for-33) average in Big Ten play.

• Crank's second-inning solo homer in the opener proved to be his first game-winning RBI of the season. Crank has seven career 'gamers' to tie 2B/SS Anthony Toth as the active career leaders for the Wolverines.

• Crank was 0-for-3 with a walk in the second game snapping his hitting streak at six games. He has hits in 13 of his last 15 games and he leads the team with four home runs and 12 doubles this season.

• Crank has 16 extra base hits (12 doubles and four homers) among his 32 hits this year.

• Crank is the 'active' career leader in home runs for Michigan with 20 and he has 17 RBI this season and 92 for his U-M career. Crank has 31 career doubles.

• Crank has eight multi-hit games this season, nine career three-hit games and 34 multi-hit games for his Michigan career.

• Junior RHP Brandon Sinnery (1-2, 2.73 ERA) pitched a complete game four-hit shutout in the opener. Sinnery recorded a career-best nine strikeouts while recording his seventh career victory as a Wolverine. The nine strikeouts by Sinnery topped the previous season best for a Wolverine of eight Ks by Tyler Mills against Alma on March 18.

• The shutout was the first for the Wolverines since an 8-0 win at home over IPFW on March 27 last season. Sinnery's complete game nine-inning shutout was the first since Drew Taylor's 4-0 win at Penn State on May 14, 2006.

• Sophomore CF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .309 (43-for-139) to lead the team, was 3-for-8 with a walk and four runs scored Sunday afternoon. He was 1-for-4 in the opener and 2-for-4 with a walk in the second game.

• Biondi's two-hit game in Sunday's second contest was his team-leading 13th multi-hit game of the season and he has 34 career multi-hit games.

• Biondi is hitting .452 (14-for-31) with seven stolen bases and nine runs scored during his current personal season-best eight-game hitting streak.

• Biondi led off the first inning of Sunday's second game with a bunt single and he scored on a bunt single by Michael O'Neill. Biondi has scored in the first inning as U-M's leadoff batter eight times this season, six times in the nine Big Ten games, and 29 times in his U-M career.

• Freshman RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .299 (40-for-134), was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in game two after going 0-for-4 in the opener. O'Neill has hits in 28 of his 34 games this season and he has nine-multi-hit games.

• O'Neill's two-run double in the four-run seventh-inning rally in game two proved to be his first career game-winning RBI. O'Neill leads the Wolverines with 18 RBI and he also collected his 17th stolen base of the season to rank second behind Patrick Biondi's total of 18 stolen bases.

• Junior/sophomore 2B/OF Kevin Krantz, who is hitting .216 (22-for-102), was 2-for-5 with a run scored and one RBI the second game. Krantz is second on the team with seven doubles and he is tied for third on the team with 15 RBI with 3B John Lorenz. Krantz has six multi-hit games this season and seven career multi-hit games as a Wolverine.

• Freshman RHP/DH Alex Lakatos, who is hitting .310 (22-for-71), was 2-for-6 with a walk in the two games. He was 1-for-2 with a walk in the opener and he went 1-for-4 with a run-scoring single in the four-run seventh inning in the second game. Lakatos has hits in three straight games and in 10 of his last 12 games.

• Lakatos (2-1, 5.32 ERA) pitched two innings as the starting pitcher/DH in the second game, allowing three runs (two earned).

• Junior RHP Kevin Vangheluwe (2-0, 2.62 ERA), the third of five Wolverine pitchers in Sunday's second game, pitched an inning to collect his second win of the season. He closed out the seventh inning by getting a double play grounder, got the benefit of U-M's four-run -nning rally and recorded the first out of the eighth inning.

• Freshman RHP Jake Engels (1-1, 3.38 ERA, two saves) recorded his team-leading second save of the season as he collected the final three outs in Sunday's second game. Engels retired the final batter on a pop up with the potential tying run on third base.

• Freshman 1B Brett Winger, who is hitting .238 (5-for-21), was 3-for-6 with a double in Sunday's doubleheader. Winger was 2-for-3 in the second game with a HBP and he singled to start the four-run game-winning rally in the seventh inning.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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