May 21, 2011
U-M is now 4-2 in extra-inning games. U-M has a 5-3, 10-inning win at Notre Dame on May 4; a 6-5, 10-inning win at Purdue on April 10; and a 4-3, 12-inning win over Alma on March 18. The two losses came in a doubleheader at Ohio State on April 30.
Freshman RF Michael O'Neill, who is hitting .305 (65-for-213), was 4-for-6 with four singles, three runs scored and two stolen bases. O'Neill has hits in 43 of his 53 games this season.
O'Neill, who leads the team with 30 stolen bases, tied and later broke the U-M rookie record for steals in a season that had been set by teammate Patrick Biondi (29, 2010) last season.
O'Neill is second on the team with 15 multi-hit games this season, including 11 two-hit games. He has three four-hit games to lead the team.
Junior 3B John Lorenz, who is hitting .230 (45-for-196) for the season, was 1-for-4 with two walks and his 11th-inning single snapped a 4-4 tie and proved to be his second game-winning run batted in of the season. Lorenz has five career 'gamers.'
Junior LF/catcher/DH Coley Crank, who is hitting .262 (50-for-191), was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a walk. Crank leads the team with 33 RBI this season, pushing his career total to 108 as a Wolverine.
Crank has 11 multi-hit games this season and 37 multi-hit games for his Michigan career.
Crank has hits in 25 of his last 34 games and nearly half his 50 hits have been for extra bases (24), including 16 doubles, one triple and seven homers.
Crank leads the team with 16 doubles this season, giving him 35 career doubles.
Crank is leading the Wolverines with a .317 (26-for-82) average in Big Ten play with eight doubles, two homers and 13 RBI.
Sophomore RHP Ben Ballantine (3-1, 4.98 ERA, one save) worked two scoreless innings, retiring all six batters he faced as he recorded his team-leading third win of the season.
Freshman 1B Brett Winger, who is hitting .277 (18-for-65), was 1-for-5 with a two-out, two-run single that gave U-M a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning. Winger extended his Big Ten hitting streak to 10 games and he has hits in 10 of his last 11 overall games.