May 7, 2011
With Friday's loss to Minnesota, Michigan dropped from a three-way tie for seventh place to a three-way tie for eighth with Iowa and Northwestern at 6-10. Indiana and Penn State are tied for sixth at 7-9.
Junior LF/catcher/DH Coley Crank, who is hitting .272 (43-for-158), was 1-for-4 with a first-inning single. Crank has a five-game hitting streak.
Crank is leading the Wolverines with a .350 (21-for-60) average in Big Ten play.
Crank has hits in 21 of his last 25 games and nearly half of his 43 hits have been for extra bases (21), including 13 doubles, one triple and seven homers.
Freshman RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .288 (51-for-177) to lead the team, was 0-for-3 with a sac squeeze bunt to drive in CF Patrick Biondi for the lone Wolverine run of the game. O'Neill's first sac bunt of the season tied the game at 1-1 in the third inning.
O'Neill, who ranks second on the team with 22 runs batted in, has hits in 36 of his 44 games this season.
Freshman catcher Cole Martin, who is hitting .245 (12-for-49), was 1-for-3 with a seventh-inning single as he extended his career-best hitting streak to three games.
Freshman 1B Brett Winger, who is hitting .265 (9-for-34), was 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning. Winger has hits in back-to-back games for the second time this season.
Junior/sophomore IF/OF Kevin Krantz, who is hitting .221 (29-for-131), was 1-for-3 with a hit-and-run single in the third inning that set up the lone Michigan run of the game. Krantz was hit by a pitch in the first inning, running his team-leading total to eight HBPs.