We're up 3-0 in the 3rd on BTN
After a disappointing 9-8 setback loss to 11th place Northwestern yesterday after Michigan destroyed them 12-4 on Friday night, Michigan came out with vengeance today in their final B1G game of the season.
Michigan came out in the 1st inning and took a 3-0 lead on a Cronenworth RBI and two runs scoring due to a throwing error.
In the 3rd inning, Northwestern had the bases loaded but only scored one run on a sac fly to make it 3-1 Michigan.
Michigan began adding to their lead in the next inning on a Kendall Patrick sac fly and a Jackson Glines RBI to make it 5-1.
They really kicked things up a notch in the 6th inning. Jackson Glines added to his RBI total with a single to right that scored two runs putting the score at 7-1 Michigan and giving Glines 3 RBIs on the day.
Jake Bivens scored on a wild pitch, making it 8-1 and then Northwestern began to self-destruct. A bases loaded walk and a hit by pitch pushed across two more runs making it 10-1 Michigan STILL in the 6th inning.
Kendall Patrick reached on a fielder's choice scoring another run and then right after that, back-to-back doubles by Johnny Slater and Jake Bivens made it 14-1 Michigan after 6 innings.
The follies for Northwestern continued in the 8th inning, hitting THREE Michigan batters in a row while the bases were loaded to make it 17-1. Hector Gutierrez scored Michigan's final runs with a single to make it a 19-1 final.
Michigan finishes with a 14-10 record in the B1G and are 31-21 overall. They clinched a B1G Tournament berth with their win on Friday night over Northwestern.
There are still B1G games to be played next weekend, but Michigan has a bye in B1G play next week so that is why their B1G slate is complete. They will play a 3-game series with #12 Oklahoma State next weekend. That is a monster opportunity to recover some ground with their RPI rank. Still don't think it will be enough even with a sweep, though.
Looks like they'll have to win the B1G Tournament to get into the NCAA Tournament.
Just got back from the game. Two rain delays made the game go pretty long. The offense continues its onslaught.
Michigan (27-17, 11-7 B1G) rode the wave of their series sweep of Purdue last weekend into Minneapolis.
After the Friday game was forced into a doubleheader on Saturday due to rain, Michigan dropped the first game 2-1 but took the second 4-2.
Today was a different story in terms of offense as it was a one-sided affair with Michigan taking the win.
Michigan took a 3-0 lead but Minnesota tied it up after 6 innings. In the 7th, Michigan's offensive exploded.
An RBI from Jake Bivens, 2 runs walked due to loaded bases and a Jacob Cronenworth 3-run double made it 9-3 Michigan.
In the 8th inning, Cody Bruder made it 11-3 with a 2-run triple and then Michigan tacked on one more run with a Jake Bivens sac fly making it 12-3.
Michigan's offense was great but it was sophomore pitcher Brad Adcock that stole the show with 11Ks in 8 innings pitched.
Much tougher task up next for Michigan. They'll host 2nd place Iowa who is 28-11 and 11-2 in the B1G, just a game behind Illinois for first place in the conference.
Only one game in the series will have video available. The Saturday game will be live on BTN for Michigan's first home TV game of the season.
After finally becoming relevant the Royals have decided to have to develop a Napoleon complex and it's starting to become quite the issue as they're picking fights every series.