May 4, 2011
Michigan improved its extra-inning record to 3-2. U-M's other two wins came in a 4-3 12-inning win over Alma on March 18 and a 6-5 win at Purdue on April 10 and the two losses came in a doubleheader at Ohio State on April 30.
Senior/junior 1B Garrett Stephens, who is hitting .248 (28-for-113), was 1-for-1 with a walk and his two-out, two-run single in the 10th inning proved to be his third game-winning run batted in of the season and his career. He shares the team lead in gamers in 2011 with IF/OF Kevin Krantz.
Sophomore RHP Ben Ballantine (2-1, 5.67 ERA, one save) worked one scoreless inning to earn his second win of the season and his career. Ballantine kept the game alive when he entered the game with the bases loaded in a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning and ended the frame with his team-leading 37th strikeout. He retired two batters in the 10th and Jake Engels collected the save.
Freshman RHP Jake Engels (1-3, 4.43 ERA, three saves) faced one batter and recorded a strikeout with the bases loaded to earn his team-leading third save of the season.
Junior LF/catcher/DH Coley Crank, who is hitting .273 (42-for-154), was 1-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and a walk.
Crank has hits in 20 of his last 24 games and half of his 42 hits have been for extra bases (21), including 13 doubles, one triple and seven homers.
Crank leads the team with 25 RBI this season, pushing his career total to 100 as a Wolverine. Crank is the active career leader in home runs for Michigan with 23.
In six career games against Notre Dame, Crank is hitting .474 (9-for-19) with two doubles, three homers and six RBI as Michigan has won five of the six games.
Freshman 1B Brett Winger, who is hitting .242 (8-for-33), was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles for his second multi-hit game of the season.
Freshman RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .293 (51-for-174) to lead the team, was 2-for-5 with a pair of singles. O'Neill has hits in 36 of his 43 games this season and he has 12-multi-hit games.
O'Neill, with two stolen bases, has pulled into a tie for the team lead with OF Patrick Biondi as each has 23 steals for the season.
Sophomore CF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .287 (49-for-171), was 1-for-5 with two walks. Biondi drew his first intentional walk of the season and the third of his career in the ninth inning.