May 5, 2012
The shutout win was the second for the Wolverines this season as Michigan blanked Michigan State 4-0 on April 6 in Fisher Stadium. It was the first U-M shutout away from Fisher Stadium since a 20-0 win over Fordham on March 20, 2010, in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Senior RHP Brandon Sinnery (4-4, 3.74 ERA) pitched a complete-game six-hit shutout. Sinnery matched his season-high total of eight strikeouts, getting the eighth to close out the win with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Sinnery has allowed three earned runs in 34 innings for a 0.79 ERA in his last four series-opening starts in Big Ten action, including back-to-back wins over Michigan State and Penn State, a no-decision vs. Northwestern and the win at Iowa.
Sinnery, who has 12 career wins as a Wolverine, leads the Wolverines in wins (4), strikeouts (53) and innings pitched (84.1).
Sinnery has five career complete games as a Wolverine and two complete-game shutouts, with the other a four-hitter with nine strikeouts vs. Illinois on April 17, 2011.
Sophomore RF Michael O'Neill, who made his first start after missing 15 games due to injury, is hitting .333 (40-for-120) after going 3-for-5 with three runs scored, one RBI and one stolen base.
O'Neill, who has hits in 66 of his 85 games as a Wolverine, ranks seventh on U-M's career stolen-base list with 46. O'Neill has 13 multi-hit games this season and he has 29 career multi-hit games.
Senior catcher/1B/DH/LF Coley Crank, who is hitting .255 (39-for-153), was 3-for-3 with two homers, two walks and a season-high five RBI. It was Crank's second two-homer game of the season as he had two vs. Chicago State on March 3. The previous two-homer game had been Crank vs. Ball State on May 18, 2010.
Crank, who leads the team with 38 RBI, has 146 career RBI in 190 games. Crank has nine multi-hit games this season and 47 for his U-M career. He has 13 career three-hit games.
Crank pulled into third place on Michigan's career home run list at 34, snapping his pre-game tie for fifth place with Jim Paciorek (32 homers, 1979-82) and tying and passing Phil Price (33 homers, 1987-90) and Ken Hayward (33, 1982-85), who are now tied for fourth place.
Sophomore 1B Brett Winger, who is hitting .302 (49-for-162), was 2-for-5. His first-inning RBI single gave U-M a 1-0 lead and proved to be his team-leading fifth game-winning RBI of the season.
Winger, who leads Michigan with a .365 (23-for-63) average in Big Ten play, has 14 multi-hit games this season, and he has 18 in 70 games in his U-M career.
Freshman LF Kevin White, who is hitting .212 (14-for-66), was 2-for-5 with his third homer in the last three games.
White, who extended his career personal-best hitting streak to seven games with a second-inning home run, has four multi-hit games as a Wolverine.
Junior co-captain CF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .309 (54-for-175) to lead the team, was 1-for-6 with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Biondi has hits in eight of his last nine games.
Biondi, who leads the team in hits (54), runs scored (39), stolen bases (28) and multi-hit games (16), has 55 career multi-hit games and 146 runs scored in 156 games in his career as a Wolverine.
Biondi, who leads the Wolverines with 28 stolen bases, collected career steals 83 and 84 in the second inning. Biondi ranks second on U-M's career stolen base list as he is six shy of the U-M record of 90 stolen bases held by CF Eric Rose (2004-07).
Junior/sophomore 2B/DH John DiLaura, who is hitting .297 (33-for-111), was 1-for-3 with a run-scoring single and a walk. DiLaura has reached base in his last 15 games for a personal season and career best.
Senior co-captain 3B John Lorenz, who is hitting .257 (44-for-171), was 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI as he extended his hitting streak to a season-long seven games.
Lorenz has 12 multi-hit games this season and 49 in his career, covering 204 games.
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