Biondi, Crank Selected to All-Big Ten Teams
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MGOBLUE Patrick Biondi (L) and Coley Crank
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Patrick Biondi (L) and Coley Crank
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May 22, 2012

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The University of Michigan baseball team had a pair of players named to the All-Big Ten teams, the conference announced Tuesday (May 22). Junior outfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) was named to the second team, while senior designated hitter Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) earned third-team honors. Fifth-year senior Kolby Wood (Buchanan, Mich./Berrien Springs) was named Michigan's Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Biondi, who was named to the second team for the second straight year, hit .303 with 11 doubles, three triple and 17 runs batted in for the Maize and Blue in 2012. He led the conference with 32 stolen bases and had 12 in Big Ten games, which also led the league. Biondi was in the top 10 in the league in walks (9th, 30), hit by pitches (7th, 10), at-bats (5th, 221) and plate appearances (4th, 267). He led the Wolverines in stolen bases, on-base percentage (.408), hits (67) and runs scored (44). Biondi had 18 multi-hit games and had a 17-game reached-base streak that lasted from March 11-April 8. Biondi, who hit .301 with runners on base, had home runs in wins over Michigan State on April 6 and Purdue on May 13. He also had five hits in the Iowa series, including driving in the game-tying run with two outs in the ninth in Michigan's 8-2, 10-inning win over the Hawkeyes. Biondi needs just three stolen bases to break Michigan's all-time stolen base mark. In his U-M career, he has a .301 average with 149 runs scored, 29 doubles, 10 triples, four home runs, 68 RBI and 91 walks.

Crank, who along with Biondi played and started all 56 games for Michigan this season, led the Big Ten with 12 home runs and tied for fifth in the conference with 45 runs batted in on the season. He also hit .251 with 35 runs scored, seven doubles and a .476 slugging percentage. Crank led Michigan in home runs, RBI, walks (32) and total bases (91). From April 8 on, Crank hit .318 with six home runs and 28 RBI. He had two home runs in a game twice, in wins over Chicago State on March 3 and Iowa on May 4. In the win over Iowa May 4, Crank was 3-for-3 with five RBI. He had 11 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI games along with nine games where he had two or more walks. He was 3-for-5 with four RBI and two walks against Michigan State on April 8. Crank ends his Michigan career with 35 home runs, which is third in school history. He also had a .285 batting average, 153 RBI (tied for eighth in school history), 122 runs scored, 43 doubles (14th in school history) and 94 walks.

Wood, a right-handed pitcher, earned the Sportsmanship Award. A two-time captain, Wood ended his Michigan career with five wins and a pair of saves, striking out 64 batters in 98.2 innings pitched. He had a career-high 21 appearances in 2010, going 3-2 with 34 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings. He also was a perfect 2-0 as a freshman in 2008. The student-athletes chosen for the Sportsmanship Award are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

In the individual awards, Purdue's Kevin Plawecki was named Big Ten Player of the Year, while the Boilermakers' Joe Haase was named the conference's Pitcher of the Year. Purdue's Doug Schreiber was named Coach of the Year and Indiana's Sam Travis earned Freshman of the Year.

ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM
C - Kevin Plawecki, PUR
1B - Jordan Steranka, PSU
2B - Eric Charles, PUR
SS - Chad Christensen, NEB
3B - CAMERON PERKINS, PUR
OF - Willie Argo, ILL
OF - Jordan Keur, MSU
OF - Rich Sanguinetti, NEB
DH - Michael Pritchard, NEB
SP - TJ Oakes, MINN
SP - Jaron Long, OSU
SP - JOE HAASE, PUR
RP - Jonny Hoffman, IND

ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM
C - Kyle Schwarber, IND
1B - Sam Travis, IND
2B - Ryan Jones, MSU
SS - Justin Scanlon, MSU
3B - Josh Scheffert, NEB
OF - Phil Keppler, IOWA
OF - Patrick Biondi, MICH
OF - Barrett Serrato, PUR
DH - Dillon Dooney, IND
SP - Sasha Kuebel, IOWA
SP - Joe Kurrasch, PSU
SP - Lance Breedlove, PUR
RP - Blake Mascarello, PUR

ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM
C - Matt Halloran, MINN
1B - Richard Stock, NEB
2B - Pat Kelly, NEB
SS - Thomas Lindauer, ILL
3B - Torsten Boss, MSU
OF - Justin Parr, ILL
OF - Andy Henkemeyer, MINN
OF - Sean Deegan, PSU
DH - Coley Crank, MICH
SP - Joey DeNato, IND
SP - Tony Bucciferro,MSU
SP - Kyle Kubat, NEB
RP - Nick Wittgren, PUR

Unanimous honorees in ALL CAPS

ALL-BIG TEN FRESHMAN TEAM*
C - KYLE SCHWARBER, IND
1B - SAM TRAVIS, IND
2B - PAT KELLY, NEB
SS - Michael Handel, MINN
3B - CHAD CLARK, IND
OF - CHRIS SUJKA, IND
OF - Jimmy Pickens, MSU
OF - Austin Darby, NEB
DH - Blaise Salter, MSU
SP - Kyle Hart, IND
SP - SASHA KUEBEL, IOWA
SP - Kyle Kubat, NEB
RP - Taylor Kaufman, IOWA
RP - Ben Meyer, MINN

*additional honoree due to tie

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Alex Lincoln, ILL
Drew Leininger, IND
Matt Dermody, IOWA
Kolby Wood, MICH
Tony Bucciferro, MSU
Kyle Geason, MINN
Cory Burleson, NEB
Paul Snieder, NU
David Corna, OSU
Ryan Clark, PSU
Joe Haase, PUR

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Plawecki, PUR

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Joe Haase, PUR

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Sam Travis, IND

COACH OF THE YEAR
Doug Schreiber, PUR

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423


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