May 23, 2011
Former Wolverine catcher Mike Matheny (1989-91), who later spoke at the team banquet, was on hand for Saturday's season finale for the Wolverines.
With two losses in the series with Penn State, the Wolverines dropped their sixth series of the season against series wins over Big Ten co-champion Illinois at home and at Iowa.
Freshman RF Michael O'Neill, who led the Wolverines in hitting at .307 (67-for-218) in 2011, was 2-for-5 a walk, a run scored and two runs batted in. O'Neill had hits in 44 of 54 games in 2011.
O'Neill, who was the only Wolverine to start in all 54 games in 2011, led the Wolverines in hits (67), triples (2) and stolen bases (30). O'Neill's 30 stolen bases 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, who finished the season with a three-game hitting streak, was second on the team with 16 multi-hit games this season, including 12 two-hit games, one three-hit game, and a team-leading total of three four-hit games.
Junior Coley Crank, who made 52 starts in 2011 (DH - 31; C - 11; LF - 10), was 2-for-3 with a double and three walks as he reached base five times in six plate appearances.
Crank hit .268 (52-for-194) in 2011 while leading the Wolverines in doubles (17), homers (7), RBI (33) and slugging (.474). Crank has 108 career RBI as a Wolverine.
Crank had 12 multi-hit games this season and has 38 multi-hit games for his Michigan career.
Crank had hits in 26 of his last 35 games in 2011 and nearly half his 52 hits were good for extra bases (25), including 17 doubles, one triple and seven homers. Crank has 35 career doubles and 23 career home runs.
Crank led the Wolverines with a .329 (28-for-85) average in Big Ten play with nine doubles and two homers, and he had 13 RBI to rank second behind Michael O'Neill's 15 RBI.
Crank had two game-winning RBI in 2011 and he is U-M's active career leader in 'gamers' with eight.
Freshman 1B Brett Winger, who hit .294 (20-for-68) in 25 games in 2011, was 2-for-3 with a two-run single that gave U-M a 2-0 lead as he extended his Big Ten hitting streak to 11 games to close out the season. Winger had hits in six straight and in 11 of his last 12 overall games and he had four multi-hit games. Winger hit .378 (14-for-37) in 15 games (10 starts) in Big Ten play.
Junior/sophomore IF/OF Kevin Krantz, who hit .217 (33-for-152) in 2011, was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Krantz had eight multi-hit games in 2011.
Freshman catcher Cole Martin, who hit .229 (16-for-70) in 2011, was 1-for-2 after entering the game as a defensive replacement with a single and a run scored in the five-run eighth inning rally.
Sophomore CF Patrick Biondi, who hit .286 (62-for-217) in 2011, was 1-for-6 with a run scored and one RBI.
Biondi finished the season second on the team with 27 stolen bases. He ranks fourth place on Michigan's career stolen base list with 56 steals as he chases Steve Finken (65 steals 1986-88) in third place.
Biondi led the Wolverines with 36 runs scored in 2011 and he has scored 105 runs in 111 games in his Wolverine career.