April 21, 2013
Michigan's two-pitcher shutout over Northwestern by a 5-0 score in Sunday's opener was its fourth shutout of the season. The four shutouts are the most for U-M since the Wolverines had seven in 2006.
Freshman LHP Evan Hill (7-1, 1.69 ERA) pitched seven shutout innings and allowed four hits as he recorded his seventh win of the season.
Hill had two strikeouts to push his total to 34 strikeouts with a team-leading total of 64 innings pitched in his 10 starts.
Hill is 4-0 with a 0.99 ERA in conference-only action with Big Ten wins over Minnesota, Michigan State, Penn State and Northwestern.
Senior/junior LHP Logan McAnallen (2-2, 2.93 ERA) pitched seven scoreless innings in Sunday's second game at NU, allowing four hits with four strikeouts. He left the game with a 2-0 lead but he took a no-decision when NU scored two runs in the eighth inning and another in the 10th. McAnallen is 1-1 in Big Ten play with a 1.93 ERA.
Freshman SS Travis Maezes, who is hitting .300 (45-for-150), was 4-for-8 in Sunday's doubleheader split. He was 2-for-3 with a three-run, inside-the-park home run in the third inning of Sunday's opener, and he was 2-for-5 in the second game. He scored three times in the two games.
Maezes' three-run homer in Sunday's opener was his second homer of the season to gain a share of the team lead and proved to be his third game-winning RBI of the season.
The inside-the-park homer by Maezes was the first for the Wolverines since Kevin Cislo (2006-09) hit one vs. Notre Dame in Grand Rapids (Comstock Park, Mich.) on May 13, 2008.
Maezes, who is hitting .429 (21-for-49) in Big Ten play, ranks second of the team with 12 multi-hit games.
Sophomore LF Zach Zott, who is hitting 330 (33-for-100), was 4-for-8 in Sunday's doubleheader, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases in the opener and 2-for-4 in the second game. Zott, who has a four-game hitting streak, ranks second on the team with 13 stolen bases.
Zott, who is hitting .386 (17-for-44) in Big Ten play, has 11 multi-hit games this season and 16 in his U-M career.
Junior catcher Cole Martin, who is hitting .240 (29-for-121), was 4-for-8 in Sunday's doubleheader as he was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in each game.
Martin, who is hitting .349 (15-for-43) in Big Ten play, has nine multi-hit games in 2013 and 14 in his career as a Wolverine.
Freshman 2B/RHP Jacob Cronenworth, who is hitting .331 (46-for-139), was 0-for-3 with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly in the Sunday opener as his streak of reaching base was snapped at 21 games.
Cronenworth, who leads the team with 28 RBI, was 2-for-4 in the second game with two singles and one RBI. He has hits in 22 of his last 25 games, and he is tied for third on the team with 11 multi-hit games.
Cronenworth (0-2, 1.40 ERA, six saves) suffered a blown save in the second game Sunday as he allowed three runs (just one earned) in 2.1 innings with three strikeouts. NU used three hits and three errors to tie the game with two runs in the eighth inning and the winning run in the 10th inning.
Senior captain CF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .320 (32-for-100), was 3-for-9 in Sunday's doubleheader. Biondi was 1-for-4 with a single in the opener and 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored in the second game.
Biondi, who has 35 career doubles in 199 games, has 10 multi-hit games this season and 67 in his U-M career.
Biondi scored one run Sunday, giving him 23 runs scored in 2013 and pushing his career total to 172 to pull into a tie for fourth on Michigan's career runs scored list with Hall of Famer Barry Larkin (172 runs, 1983-85) and U-M career hits leader Mike Cervenak (172 runs, 1996-99). Phil Price (175 runs, 1987-90) is third and Ken Hayward (176 runs, 1982-85) is second.
Biondi led off the U-M first inning in Sunday's second game with a double and moved around the bases on a pair of groundouts, with junior OF Michael O'Neill driving him in for a 1-0 lead. Biondi has scored in the first inning as Michigan's leadoff batter 48 times in his Wolverine career (21 times in 2010, 12 times in 2011, 10 times in 2012, and five times so far in 2013).