Michigan Cannot Hold Early Edge, Drops Series Opener to Nebraska
Patrick Biondi

May 17, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Nebraska 15, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (21-33, 7-15 Big Ten), NU (33-20, 13-9 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, May 18 -- vs. Nebraska (Wilpon Complex), 6:05 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. --The University of Michigan baseball team fell to Nebraska, 15-2, in the opener of a three-game Big Ten set Thursday night (May 17) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. Michigan had a 2-1 lead after the first frame, but the Cornhuskers scored multiple runs in three innings to take the first game.

A bases-loaded walk from Rich Sanguinetti scored a Nebraska run in the first, but the Maize and Blue answered with a pair in the bottom of the inning. Junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) led off the inning with a single through the left side, stole second, and went to third on a wild pitch. Sophomore Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) walked, and Biondi scored on a sacrifice fly from senior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley). O'Neill stole second and scored on a single from sophomore Brett Winger (Orlando, Fla./Olympia).

Nebraska came back with four runs in the third, led by a two-run single from Kash Kalkowski and an RBI double by Austin Darby. The Cornhuskers put up five runs in the fourth as Richard Stock drove in two with a single and Sanguinetti doubled in a run. A sacrifice fly and a Kale Kiser RBI single ended the scoring in the fourth. A Pat Kelly single brought in a run in the sixth, and Nebraska scored four unearned runs in the ninth.

O'Neill and Winger had two hits apiece for the Maize and Blue. Sanguinetti was 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored for Nebraska. Darby added three hits for the Cornhuskers.

The loss went to freshman Matt Ogden (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill), who allowed five runs and eight hits with a pair of strikeouts and four walks in 2.2 innings. Kyle Kubat earned the win for Nebraska, allowing six hits and two runs with six strikeouts in six innings.

Michigan and Nebraska will continue the three-game series Friday night (May 18) at 6:05 p.m.


• Sophomore 1B Brett Winger, who is hitting .297 (57-for-192), was 2-for-4 with one RBI Thursday to extend his hitting streak to four games. Winger has 16 multi-hit games this season and 20 in 79 games in his U-M career.

• Sophomore RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .329 (51-for-155), was 2-for-3 with two singles, a walk, a stolen base and a run scored vs. Nebraska. O'Neill has 16 multi-hit games this season and 32 career multi-hit efforts in 93 games.

• O'Neill ranks second on the team with 19 stolen bases this season and is seventh on the U-M career steals list with 49 in 93 games. O'Neill is three stolen bases behind Rodney Goble (52 steals, 1992-95) in sixth place on the career list.

• Junior co-captain CF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .305 (65-for-213), was 1-for-4 with a first-inning single to extend his hitting streak to five games. He has hits in 16 of his last 18 games.

• Biondi, who leads the Wolverines with 32 stolen bases, collected career steal 88 Thursday vs. Nebraska. Biondi ranks second on U-M's career stolen base list, just two shy of the record of 90 held by CF Eric Rose (2004-07).

• Biondi's 32 stolen bases tie Eric Rose (32 stolen bases, 2006) for Michigan's third-best single-season total. Rose also has the second best U-M season total of 34 steals in 2007.

• Biondi led off the U-M first inning vs. Nebraska Thursday with a single, stole second, advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and scored on Coley Crank's sacrifice fly. Biondi has scored in the first inning as Michigan's leadoff batter 43 times in his Wolverine career (21 times in 2010, 12 times in 2011 and 10 times so far in 2012).

• Senior catcher/1B/DH/LF Coley Crank, who is hitting .250 (46-for-184), was 0-for-3 with a first-inning sacrifice fly that tied the score at 1-1 Thursday. Crank, who leads the team with 44 RBI, has 152 career RBI in 199 games. He ranks ninth in career RBI at U-M, one behind Jason Alcaraz (153, 1996-99) in eighth place.

• Freshman LF/C Kevin White, who is hitting .233 (24-for-103), was 1-for-4 with a fifth-inning single Thursday. White has hits in 13 of his last 15 games.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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