April 24, 2011
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Duane Banks Field)
Score: Michigan 5, Iowa 2
Records: U-M (13-25, 6-6 Big Ten), Iowa (15-22, 4-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 29 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 7 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Junior Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) threw his second consecutive complete game, striking out seven in the process, as the University of Michigan baseball team took its second straight Big Ten series with a 5-2 win over Iowa Sunday afternoon (April 24) at Duane Banks Field. Sinnery allowed eight hits and two runs with two walks in the complete-game effort. He had 1-2-3 innings in the fourth, seventh and eighth frames.
Sinnery received a run of support in the first. Iowa starter Patrick Lala walked sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) and junior/sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) to open the game. Biondi came home on a single from freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty). Lala retired the next three hitters to keep it at 1-0. Iowa tied the game in the bottom of the first. Trevor Willis singled, stole second, and scored on a single up the middle from Mike McQuillan.
Michigan scored the game-winning runs in the second. Fifth-year senior Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) singled and moved to second on a walk to junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East). Freshman Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) moved the runners up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt. Krantz came through with a big hit, a two-run single to leftfield, as the Maize and Blue led, 3-1.
Iowa made it 3-2 in the fifth as Keith Brand singled, moved to second on a walk to Kasey Carling, went to third on a Willis sacrifice bunt, and scored on a groundout off the bat of Zach McCool.
Michigan added insurance in the ninth. Krantz doubled with one out. Junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) brought him in with a two-out single to left. Freshman pinch runner Adam Robinson (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) stole second and scored on a double by sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central), making it 5-2 Wolverines.
Krantz was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the win. For Iowa, Brand went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Lala took the loss, allowing three runs and three hits with six walks in three-plus innings. Zach Kenyon struck out three batters in 5.2 innings of relief.
Michigan is now in a five-way tie for fourth place after this weekend's action as the Big Ten schedule hits the halfway point.
Michigan will take the midweek off for final exams before returning to the diamond Friday night (April 29) at Ohio State. First pitch at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
N O T E S
With Sunday's win, Michigan vaulted from a tie for sixth into a five-way tie for fourth place in the Big Ten standings with Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Ohio State at 6-6.
The Wolverines collected their second straight conference series win of the season vs. Illinois and Iowa. It marks the first back-to-back series wins since winning two of three games to close out the 2010 season at home vs. Northwestern (May 14-16) and at Penn State (May 20-22).
Junior/sophomore IF/OF Kevin Krantz, who is hitting .243 (28-for-115), was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI Sunday at Iowa. His two-run single snapped a 1-1 tie in the second inning and proved to be the game-winning hit. Krantz leads the team with his three "gamers" this season.
Krantz, who started at 1B Sunday, is second on the team with eight doubles, and he is third on the team with 18 RBI. He has seven multi-hit games this season and eight career multi-hit games as a Wolverine.
Junior RHP Brandon Sinnery (2-2, 2.56 ERA) pitched his second straight complete-game victory, allowing eight hits and two runs Sunday at Iowa. Sinnery has eight career wins as a Wolverine.
Sinnery, who has U-M's only two complete games this season, recorded seven strikeouts vs. Iowa, giving him 16 in his last two starts. He is third on the team with 28 K's in his 38.2 innings pitched.
Sophomore CF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .303 (46-for-152) to share the team lead with Michael O'Neill, was 1-for-4 in Sunday's win at Iowa. Biondi had a sixth-inning single to extend his current personal season-best hitting streak to 11 games. Biondi is hitting .386 (17-for-44) with 10 stolen bases and 10 runs scored during his streak.
Biondi led off the first inning of Sunday's game at Iowa with a walk, stole second base, and scored on a single by Michael O'Neill. Biondi has scored in the first inning as U-M's leadoff batter nine times this season, seven times in the 12 Big Ten games, and 30 times in his U-M career.
Biondi, who leads the team with 21 stolen bases, matched his career best with three steals Sunday at Iowa. Biondi ranks sixth on U-M's career stolen base list with 50, leaving him two behind Rodney Goble (52, 1992-95) for fifth place on U-M's career steals list.
Freshman RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .303 (46-for-152) to share the team lead with Patrick Biondi, was 1-for-5 Sunday at Iowa with a run-scoring single in the first inning. O'Neill leads the Wolverines with 20 RBI.
O'Neill's run-scoring single in the first inning Sunday extended his current hitting streak to five games. O'Neill has hits in 32 of his 38 games this season.
Senior co-captain 2B/SS Anthony Toth, who is hitting .213 (30-for-141), was 1-for-3 in Sunday's win at Iowa. Toth has hits in three consecutive games.
Sophomore SS Derek Dennis, who is hitting .281 (25-for-89), was 1-for-4 with a run-scoring double Sunday at Iowa.
Junior catcher/OF/DH Coley Crank, who is hitting .259 (35-for-135), was 1-for-4 with a run-scoring single and a walk Sunday at Iowa.
Crank has hits in 16 of his last 19 games, and nearly half of his 35 hits this season have been for extra bases (17), including 12 doubles, one triple and four homers. He is second on the team with 19 RBI and has 94 career RBI as a Wolverine.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423