that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
With their Friday game postponed, the Wolverines took the diamond for a Saturday doubleheader.
In the first game Michigan took command early with a five run 5th inning, Maezes knocked in two and Benedetti had three RBI. On the mound Cronenworth started again and threw 6 innings, 5 hits and 5 strikeouts.
The Hoosiers best chance in the game came in the 8th with 2 errors and a wild pitch, but they only got 2 runs out of the inning.
Final score 7-3 Michigan.
The second game was a wild one.
This time, a 4 error game would be too much to overcome. Indiana jumped out to a 13-4 lead and took it into the 8th. Starting with a Jake Bivens walk, Michigan would get 7 men on base in the inning and knock 7 in.
Down two with a man on, Jake Bivens struckout but looked like he beat the pitch to 1st when the ball hit him. The umpire called runner interference and ended the inning.
Up next, the rubber match Sunday at 1.
Weekday action at Wilpon. The Wolverines finished a 6 game homestand by beating Central Michigan 5-3 to conclude a 5-1 stretch.
At the plate, Travis Maezes walked three times and singled in two runs. Drew Lugbauer went 3-4 and knocked in one. Cronenworth knocked in the other.
Michigan's 5th run came on a double steal. Benedetti took 2nd, Bivens stole home.
Starting pitching was excellent. Jayce Vancena started and went 3 innings, no hits no runs. Jaskie followed with 2 2/3, two hits and no runs. The Chips came back with a late rally before Benedetti and Pall closed the door.
The Wolverines improve to 16-12. They head to Bloomington next to face Indiana.
Being from the SE Michigan area and regularly traveling across the border into Toledo and the surrounding area I've always been amazed at how when it comes to college football it's always been a split between Michigan and Ohio State. People across the border tend to lean more towards Ohio State naturally. This map shows as such:
BUT, when it comes to baseball the Toledo and surrounding area definitely leans towards the Tigers. Even people that like Ohio State. I thought they weren't supposed to give a damn for the whole state of Michigan? That's why when I see someone with an Tigers D logo and OSU block O on their back window it just kinda makes my skin crawl.
We're now 15-12 on the year.
Michigan Baseball (14-12, 2-4 B1G) picked up the rubber match win against Maryland (18-7, 4-2 B1G) today at Ray Fisher Stadium, winning 5-2.
Michigan blew Maryland out yesterday, winning 10-1 in game 2 of their doubleheader after dropping game 1, 3-1.
Michigan scored all of their runs in the first inning in this game via RBIs by Jackson Glines, Carmen Benedetti and a 3-run double by Kyle Jusick.
This was a pretty big series win for Michigan. Maryland is ranked as high as #17 in some polls, but are unranked in Baseball America. Very strong weekend after that disaster of an opening B1G weekend last week in Lincoln.
Maryland is also the school Michigan head coach Erik Bakich left behind to come here to become the head coach of the Wolverines in 2013.
So it's pretty fitting that Bakich picked up his 69th Michigan victory against his former team. This puts him at 9th among Michigan Baseball coaches in wins, and puts him past the baseball legend Branch Rickey in wins.
Branch Rickey is in the Baseball Hall of Fame and is known for breaking the color barrier in the MLB, when he brought Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Rickey coached Michigan from 1910-1913. He also attended the university.