Crank's Eighth-Inning Homer, Quality Pitching Boost U-M Past Irish
Coley Crank

May 3, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Michigan 2, Notre Dame 1
Records: U-M (14-28), Notre Dame (16-22-1)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, May 4 -- at Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.), 5:35 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) belted a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and lift the University of Michigan baseball team to a 2-1 win over Notre Dame on Tuesday night (May 3) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

Crank hit his sixth home run of the season, a one-out shot to the gap in left centerfield. It was Crank's 22 career home run and his second in three games. It also provided the winning run in what was a pitchers' duel between redshirt sophomore Matt Broder (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) and Notre Dame's Adam Norton. Broder had a no-decision but struck out five and allowed just four hits and a run in 6.1 innings. Norton had seven strikeouts in six innings of work, allowing five hits and a run with two walks.

Michigan's first scoring chance occurred in the third. Redshirt freshman John DiLaura (Clinton Twp., Mich./Warren DeLa Salle) singled and stole second to lead off the frame. He went to third on a sacrifice bunt from freshman Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn). Sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) then laced a line drive that looked headed for rightfield, but Notre Dame first baseman Trey Mancini snared it for the second out.

Notre Dame got out of the third and put up a run in the fourth on a solo home run by Herman Petzold, his first of the season. Michigan quickly answered in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) doubled to lead off. He scored on a one-out single by junior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) to tie the contest.

Notre Dame threatened in the seventh. Mancini started with a double down the leftfield line. Broder then walked Petzold, but Michigan recorded a big out as Martin picked off Mancini at second with Alex Robinson at the plate. Robinson singled to center, putting runners on first and second with one out. Redshirt sophomore Tyler Mills (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) came in to pitch. His wild pitch moved both runners up 90 feet. Norton then hit a chopper to sophomore Derek Dennis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills Central), who threw home and got Petzold out at the plate. Mills struck out pinch hitter David Casey to end the threat, setting up Crank's heroics in the eighth.

Mills pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn the win. He struck out four in 2.2 innings of work. The loss went to Sean Fitzgerald. He gave up a run on two hits in an inning.

DiLaura and Lorenz had three hits apiece for the Maize and Blue, with Lorenz doubling twice in the game.

Michigan and Notre Dame will meet Wednesday night (May 4) in South Bend, Ind., to conclude the two-game set. First pitch at Frank Eck Stadium is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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