#23 Michigan handled Illinois-Chicago pretty easily the last three games, outscoring them 25-6 combined in the 3 games played over the last two days.
Today was a different story.
In the 2nd inning, Michigan went up 2-0 on a sac fly from freshman Ako Thomas and an RBI single from Jake Bivens.
UIC responded the very next inning, tying the game up at 2-2 and then taking the lead in the 4th inning, 3-2.
It took Michigan a bit, and things seemed to coming off the rails a bit as ace Evan Hill had an off day and head coach Erik Bakich got ejected after arguing with the home plate cyclops.
But.......the Wolverines recaptured the lead in the 5th inning. Drew Lugbauer scored two runs on a what was originally a single, but a botched throw in the infield made it a double. Michigan was up 4-3 which is what the score would be until the 9th inning.
Michigan replaced Will Tribucher with Bryan Pall in the 9th inning. Jake Bivens made two OUTSTANDING grabs in a row at 3B to bring the UIC Flames to their last out, but they scored to take the lead on a single. Their next batter would fly out and give Michigan a chance to win it.
Carmen Benedetti drew a one-out walk, Harrison Wenson singled and Cody Bruder hit the walkoff single to score Benedetti to give Michigan the 5-4 win in the 9th inning.
Michigan avenges their 7-0 road loss last season, and sweeps the 4-game series against Illinois-Chicago.
Michigan is now 16-5 and will begin B1G play next weekend with a road series at Northwestern. Each of those games will be on BTN+.
From a reply in the thread below from XtraMelanin:
LSA, if i could create a thread, i would create one that was basically, OT - Predictions about the Tigers
This Year we have a lot of folks on this list that are astute baseball fans and i have seen that the tigers made a few moves in the off season and so far their record looks pretty good in spring training. it's a slow night on the board, so maybe many of the tiger fans would weigh in.
anyway, thus my request.
I would change the author on the post to allow him to edit this, but that has been problematic as well since even doing that doesn't allow the actual OP to edit the post right now.
This is the 2nd game of the three-game series. The game just began. Brett Adcock gets the start for Michigan.
Before their home opener next week, Michigan (11-3) has a big three-game series this weekend at Oklahoma State (11-6).
Live stream (embed below)
Oliver Jaskie is on the mound today, earning the Friday starting slot after going 3-0 in his first three starts, with a 0.00 ERA. Brett Adcock is scheduled to go tomorrow; Evan Hill on Sunday.
D1 Baseball in their Weekend Preview has a nice overview of Michigan's season to date.
Baseball America's On Campus feature today noted the success so far of Michigan's bullpen-by-committee.
Through four weekends, No. 18 Michigan has five saves, all recorded by different pitchers. Instead of having a definied closer, coach Erik Bakich said he has three pitchers—lefthander Carmen Benedetti and righthanders Mac Lozer and Bryan Pall—who he calls on whenever a key moment arises during the game. “The way we verbalize it to those guys is when they’re pitching, it’s a high-leverage situation,” Bakich said. “That could be in the fifth inning, it could be in the ninth inning. But when they’re pitching, it’s an important situation.” So far, the approach has worked. The Wolverines bullpen is 1-0, 2.17 with 70 strikeouts in 54 innings.
EDIT: Tough loss as Michigan squandered a bunch of scoring opportunities. Oklahoma State wins, 6-3. First pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 3pm ET.
Game 2 of the Michigan (8-3) at Hawaii (6-8) series begins around 11:30 ET.
Live video: http://www.bigwest.org/story.asp?story_id=17504
Junior southpaw Brett Adcock (1-1, 1.04 ERA) gets the start on the mound tonight. Following the shutout yesterday, Michigan's team ERA improved to 1.44, which is #4 in NCAA D-I.
EDIT: Michigan had a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th, the Rainbow Warriors tied it up to send it to extra innings, and then the Wolverines win 5-4 on a RBI single from Harrison Wenson in the 10th. Full recap is here, but see the posts below for some good descriptions of the action from San Diego Mick and others (as well as the postgame comments of Erik Bakich in the embedded podcast).
Adcock deserved better than a no decision, going 7 innings, giving up just 1 earned run on 2 hits and 2 walks, while striking out a career-high 12.
The teams will wrap up the series today playing two, both scheduled for 7 innings. Unfortunately, there's no live stream for either game. There is live audio; see this page for the links. 5:05 ET is the time for the first game.
From late last night #19 Michigan took game 1 of the series in Hawaii 6-0.
The top of the order for Michigan had a great night. Bivens went 2-for-5 leading off, Bruder 3-for-4, Wenson 3-for-5.
The Wolverines opened it up in the 6th. Bruder singled in Matt Ramsay for the first run of the game; Drew Lugbauer doubled in the runners, follwed by an RBI single from Brdar.
In the 7th they'd get another 2 on a pinch hit single from Engelman to make it 6-0.
On the mound it was another fantastic outing. Jaskie threw 5 1/3, 3 hits allowed and 3 K's.
The bullpen follwed it up with 3 2/3 innings of dominance. No hits, four strikeouts and 1 walk between Mac Lozer, Will Tribucher, Troy Miller and Grant Reuss.
Up next: Game 2 of the series late tonight.