May 23, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Brandon Sinnery (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) earned both the Ray Fisher Award (Most Valuable Player) and the Geoff Zahn Award (Most Valuable Pitcher) as the University of Michigan baseball team announced its 2012 end-of-year team awards Wednesday afternoon (May 23).
In addition, junior Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) picked up the Bill Freehan Award (Offensive Player of the Year) and senior John Lorenz (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) earned the Ted Sizemore Award (Defensive Player of the Year). Sophomore/freshman Jay Perry (Royal Oak, Mich./U of D Jesuit) earned the Betty Simmons Award (Most Improved Player), sophomore Adam Robinson (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) received the Wolverine (Spirit) Award, and freshman Eric Jacobson (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) won the Steve Boros Award (Scholar-Athlete).
Sinnery earns the Geoff Zahn Award for the second straight year after going 5-5 with a 3.91 earned run average for the Wolverines. He had five complete games and leads the Big Ten with 101.1 innings pitched. Four of the five complete games happened in Big Ten play, including a shutout of Iowa on May 4. He struck out eight batters in outings against Northwestern (April 21) and Iowa and went 8.1 innings against Michigan State on April 6, not allowing a run with five strikeouts. Sinnery struck out 58 batters in 2012 and ended his U-M career with a 13-12 record, 4.02 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 260 innings pitched.
Biondi, who was named an All-Big Ten second team member on Tuesday, hit .303 with 11 doubles, three triples 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 pitch (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 (April 6) and Purdue (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 career mark.
Lorenz committed just eight errors in 172 chances at third base this season for the Wolverines. He also hit .245 with eight doubles, three triples, two home runs and 25 RBI. Lorenz had five RBI in the win over West Virginia (Feb. 19) and had six hits in the Northwestern series, including going 3-for-4 in the series opener April 21. Lorenz was 2-for-5 with a two-run triple in his final game as a Wolverine against Nebraska (May 19). He ended his Michigan career with a .262 batting average, 85 runs scored, 41 doubles, five triples, nine home runs and 92 RBI.
Perry appeared in 11 games for the Maize and Blue this season after redshirting in 2011. The Royal Oak native had 16 strikeouts in 13.2 innings pitched. He had two strikeouts in one inning in Big Ten games against Minnesota (March 31), Penn State (April 14) and Indiana (April 27). Perry had a 4.61 ERA and walked just three batters on the season.
Robinson played in 15 games for Michigan in 2012, mostly as a pinch runner. He scored runs in games against IPFW (March 23), Oakland (March 27) and Northwestern (April 21). He also had a stolen base in the Michigan State game on April 8.
Jacobson played in 39 games with 14 starts for Michigan in his freshman season. He had two hits apiece in Big Ten games against Northwestern (April 21) and Indiana (April 27). Jacobson had a pair of doubles and three RBI on the season. He earned the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award for the fall and is enrolled in the School of Literature, Science and the Arts at Michigan.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423