April 30, 2011
With Saturday's doubleheader loss at OSU, Michigan dropped from a four-way tie for sixth place in the Big Ten standings to ninth place at 6-9, while Indiana and Northwestern are tied for seventh at 6-8 with a game to play on Sunday. Iowa is 10th at 4-10.
The Ohio State sweep of the Wolverines marks the first time U-M has been swept in a Big Ten series since losing four games to Minnesota in the Metrodome in 2005 (April 1-3).
Michigan is 2-2 in extra innings this season with a 4-3 12-inning win over Alma on March 18 and a 6-5, 10-inning win over Purdue on April 10 and the two losses at OSU on Saturday. Michigan has lost three straight extra-inning games in OSU's Bill Davis Stadium, including a 4-3 loss to Minnesota in 11 innings in Big Ten Tournament action last season.
Junior catcher/OF/DH Coley Crank, who is hitting .272 (40-for-147), was 5-for-8 in Saturday's doubleheader, with a double, a homer and four runs batted in as he reached base six times. Crank was 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk and three RBI in the opener. Crank was 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI in the second game.
Crank is leading the Wolverines with a .357 (20-for-56) average in Big Ten play.
Crank has hits in 18 of his last 22 games and nearly half of his 40 hits have been for extra bases (19), including 13 doubles, one triple and five homers.
Crank leads the team with 23 RBI this season, pushing his career total to 98 as a Wolverine. Crank is the active career leader in home runs for Michigan with 21 and he has 32 career doubles.
Crank has 10 multi-hit games this season, 10 career three-hit games and 36 multi-hit games for his Michigan career.
Sophomore CF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .293 (48-for-164) to lead the team, was 1-for-8 in Saturday's doubleheader.
Biondi had a first-inning double in the opener to extend his personal season-best hitting streak to 13 games, but the streak was snapped as he was 0-for-4 in the second game off the doubleheader. Biondi hit .365 (19-for-52) with 11 stolen bases and 13 runs scored during the streak.
Biondi has scored in the first inning as U-M's leadoff batter 12 times this season, 10 times in the 15 Big Ten games, and 33 times in his U-M career. He scored in the first inning in each of the three games at Ohio State on the weekend.
Biondi, who leads the team with 23 stolen bases, had one in each game as he pulled into a tie for fifth place on U-M's career stolen base at 52 with Rodney Goble (52, 1992-95). Next on the list is Brad Roblin (53 steals, 2004-07) in fourth, while third place is held down by Steve Finken (65 steals 1986-88).
Freshman RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .291 (48-for-165) to rank second on the team, was 1-for-9 in Saturday's doubleheader. O'Neill had a fifth-inning RBI single in the opener to extend his hitting streak to seven games, but the streak was snapped in the nightcap. O'Neill has hits in 34 of his 41 games this season.
O'Neill, with one stolen base and one RBI on Saturday, is second on the team in both categories with 21 steals and 21 RBI.
Junior RHP Brandon Sinnery (2-2, 2.54 ERA) pitched 7.1 innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs in a no decision in the opener. Sinnery left the game with a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning in a bid to earn his third consecutive Big Ten win. Sinnery has eight career wins as a Wolverine.
Senior co-captain 2B/SS Anthony Toth, who is hitting .216 (33-for-153), was 2-for-9 in Saturday's doubleheader with two singles in the opener for his 51st career multi-hit game.
Junior 3B John Lorenz, who is hitting .231 (36-for-156) for the season, was 2-for-9 in Saturday's doubleheader. Lorenz was 2-for-4 in the second game for his eighth multi-hit game this season. Lorenz has 35 career multi-hit games as a Wolverine.