May 19, 2010
Michigan (32-19) closed out the non-conference portion of the regular-season schedule with the win.
Michigan finished the regular season with a 7-0 record against Mid-American Conference teams with a 2-0 mark against MAC leader Ball State and 1-0 records against Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Western Michigan.
Michigan head baseball coach Rich Maloney enters the final weekend of the 2010 regular season needing one win to reach 300 in his eight seasons at Michigan. Maloney, who has won at least 30 games in each of his 15 seasons as a head coach, is 299-170 at U-M and 555-314-1 in 15 years, including his first seven years at Ball State.
Junior C/DH Coley Crank, who is hitting .333 (65-for-197), was 2-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI. It was Crank's second two-homer game in a week and his third multi-homer game of the season. Crank, who hit two homers against MSU last Wednesday (May 12), leads Michigan with 12 homers and 59 RBI. Crank has had 16 multi-RBI games this season with six or more in a game three times. He had a high of seven in the season opener against Jacksonville State.
Junior OF Ryan LaMarre, who is hitting .412 (49-for-119), was 4-for-6 with a double, three runs scored and three RBI. LaMarre's fourth-inning, RBI single snapped a 5-5 tie and proved to be his fifth game-winning RBI of the season and his 11th career 'gamer.' LaMarre and C/DH Coley Crank share the team lead with five game-winners each in 2010.
LaMarre, who has 15 multi-hit games in overall action this season and 45 career multiple-hit games, collected his fifth career four-hit game.
Senior 2B Mike Kittle, who is hitting .346 (28-for-81), was 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI in his final home game as a Wolverine. It was Kittle's first career four-hit game and his eighth multi-hit game of the season. Kittle has a career-best 22 RBI this season.
Sophomore 3B John Lorenz, who is hitting .289 (50-for-173), was 2-for-5, extending his career-best hitting streak to eight games. Lorenz has 17 multi-hit games this season and 23 for his career.
Senior/junior 2B/SS Anthony Toth, who is hitting .304 (63-for-207), was 4-for-6 with a double for his second four-hit game of the season and career. Toth has 18 multi-hit games this season and 37 for his career.
Freshman OF Patrick Biondi, who is hitting .332 (68-for-205), was 3-for-6 with a double, three runs scored and two stolen bases in the win over Ball State. Biondi has seven three-hit games and 20 multi-hit games this season.
Biondi moved his team-leading total of runs scored to 64, snapping his tie with Ken Hayward (61 runs, 1982) for most runs scored by a Wolverine freshman.
Biondi doubled and scored in the first inning and has now scored leading off U-M's first inning 19 times in U-M's 51 games in 2010.
Biondi, who leads the Wolverines with 29 stolen bases in 34 attempts in his rookie campaign, has pulled into a tie for fourth place on U-M's single-season stolen base list with Chris Getz, who had 29 steals in 2005. U-M's career stolen base leader Eric Rose (90 steals, 2004-07) is next on the season list in third (32, 2006) and second (34, 2007).
Senior LHP Eric Katzman (5-2, 6.25 ERA) pitched two-thirds of an inning and was credited with his fifth win of the season in his final game in Ray Fisher Stadium. Katzman moved his career record to 17-9 as a Wolverine.