Wolverines Fall to Minnesota in Series Finale
Tyler Mills

May 8, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Minnesota 6, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (15-31, 6-12 Big Ten), Minnesota (19-18, 11-7 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, May 10 -- vs. Texas Tech (Wilpon Complex), 6:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Michigan baseball team took an early lead, but a four-run Minnesota third catapulted the Golden Gophers to a 6-2 win over the Wolverines Sunday afternoon (May 8) in the series finale of a three-game Big Ten set at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

The Maize and Blue opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. With one out, sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) singled through the left side. He stole second, went to third on a throwing error by Kurt Schlangen, and scored as junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) grounded out to the shortstop.

Minnesota tied the game at one in the top of the second as Nick O'Shea led off the inning with his third home run of the series. The Golden Gophers then took the lead for good in the third. Andy Henkemeyer led off with a drag-bunt single to second base and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Schlangen. AJ Pettersen walked, and both runners moved up a base on a passed ball. Troy Larson reached on an error, scoring Henkemeyer. Justin Gominsky then tripled to the right-center gap, bring in two runs. The final run of the frame scored on an O'Shea sacrifice fly to left.

Michigan had two runners on in both the fourth and fifth innings but could not score. Both teams did plate a run in the seventh. A Larson infield single scored Henkemeyer, who led off the inning with a single to leftfield. For Michigan in the seventh, redshirt sophomore Kevin Krantz (Traverse City, Mich./Central) reached on a fielding error, went to second on a single from freshman Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn), and scored as freshman Michael O'Neill's (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) infield single to third was thrown away by Kyle Geason.

Biondi had two hits for the Maize and Blue, while O'Shea and Henkemeyer had two hits apiece for Minnesota and Larson, Gominsky and O'Shea drove in a pair of runs.

Redshirt sophomore Matt Broder (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) earned the start on the mound for U-M and struck out four in five innings. He allowed three hits and three earned runs with a walk in taking the loss. Classmate Tyler Mills (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) struck out five and allowed a run and five hits in four innings of relief.

Austin Lubinsky gave up five hits and struck out four with no earned runs in 6.2 innings to earn the win for Minnesota. Scott Matyas pitched two perfect innings to pick up his ninth save.

Michigan hosts the Big 12's Texas Tech in a two-game midweek series that starts Tuesday night (May 10) at 6:05 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex.

N O T E S 

• With Sunday's 6-2 loss to Minnesota, Michigan dropped from a three-way tie for eighth place to 10th place in the Big Ten standings at 6-12, while Iowa and Northwestern are tied for eighth at 7-11 and Indiana and Penn State are tied for sixth at 8-10.The Wolverines have lost six straight conference games.

• Former Wolverine teammates at Sunday's game vs. Minnesota included Jeff Jacobson (1980-83), Chuck Froning (1981-84) and Mike Watters (1983-85).

• Sophomore CF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .290 (53-for-183), was 2-for-4 with two singles, a stolen base and one run scored. Biondi has scored 101 runs in 103 games in his Wolverine career.

• Biondi's two-hit game was his team-leading 15th multi-hit game of the season and the 36th of his career.

• Biondi, who leads the team with 24 stolen bases, had one in the first inning vs. Minnesota as he pulled into a tie for fourth place on U-M's career stolen bases list at 53 with Brad Roblin (2004-07). Next on the list is Steve Finken (65, 1986-88) in third place.

• Freshman 1B Brett Winger, who is hitting .279 (12-for-43), was 1-for-4 to extend his career-best overall hitting streak to four games. Winger has a six-game hitting streak in Big Ten play.

• Freshman RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .301 (56-for-186) to lead the team, was 1-for-4 with a seventh-inning single. O'Neill has hits in 38 of his 46 games this season.

• Junior LF/catcher/DH Coley Crank, who is hitting .262 (43-for-164), was 0-for-2 with a first-inning RBI groundout, a walk and one HBP. Crank leads the team with 26 RBI this season, pushing his career total to 101 as a Wolverine.

• Crank is leading the Wolverines with a .318 (21-for-66) average in Big Ten play.

• Freshman catcher Cole Martin, who is hitting .250 (13-for-52), was 1-for-3 with a seventh-inning single and a walk Sunday as he extended his career-best hitting streak to four games.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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