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Posted on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 10:18 p.m.

Michigan starter Brandon Sinnery shuts down Michigan State in 4-0 baseball win

By Chris Asadian

Statistically, Michigan State has the best pitching staff in the Big Ten.

In front of an announced crowd of 2,002 at Ray Fisher Stadium, Michigan starter Brandon Sinnery was the clear ace on Friday night.

Sinnery threw 8 1/3 innings of shutout ball as the Wolverines opened their three-game series with a 4-0 win against the Spartans.

Michigan State (18-9, 2-2) entered the series with a Big Ten-best earned run average of 2.60, but Michigan (14-16, 1-3) freshman shortstop Dylan Delaney got to Spartan starter Tony Bucciferro early.

His solo home run in the first inning gave Sinnery all the run support he’d need.

The senior from Worcester, Mass., entered the game with a 1-3 record and a 5.11 ERA in seven starts. Against MSU, he scattered nine hits, struck out five and walked one.

The Spartans loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning against Sinnery, but relief pitcher Matt Ogden got Jared Hook to ground into a double play to preserve the win.

Michigan leadoff hitter Patrick Biondi hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and scored on a Coley Crank double in the eighth. John Lorenz added an RBI single in the sixth for the Wolverines.

The teams play again at 1:05 p.m. Saturday at McLane Stadium in East Lansing and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ray Fisher Stadium. The Sunday game will be aired on the Big Ten Network.



Sun, Apr 8, 2012 : 1:25 p.m.

Stumbling across a book on UM history, I was surprised to find at least two baseball legends played for UM in the early days. Branch Rickey and George Sisler. Branch Rickey was combination student-player-manager, and received his LLD degree. George Sisler earned his mechanical engineering degree here. Obviously, two outstanding scholars and great baseball players who went on to professional fame and into the history books.

Wally the Wolverine

Sat, Apr 7, 2012 : 3:46 p.m.

I would like to see the wing on the ball caps like it is on all of our other headgear. I think it could be done in a manner that wouldn't look goofy. LGB!