Opening Night tonight and Opening Day tomorrow.
I love the game and have several favorites I follow throughout the season. I love the slowness of the game and yet there is so much speed in each individual play.
Are you watching tonight? Cubs don't have their bleachers in place due to construction. Plus, it's cold on the lake tonight! Cardinals are in town, so it should be electric.
Are you taking a sick day tomorrow to get to the game?
After Friday's game was pushed to a Saturday DH in which Michigan split, beating 2013 & 2014 B1G Champion Indiana Hoosiers 7-3 in game 1 and came up short in a 13-11 shootout, Michigan was looking to take the series against Indiana for the first time since 2010.
They proved they were for real this weekend when they took a 3-0 lead in the top of the 3rd. They built that lead because of a Drew Lugbauer RBI in the 2nd inning and a Carmen Benedetti 2-run homer in the third.
Indiana eventually cut the lead to 3-2 in the 7th inning, but Michigan tacked on an insurance run in the 8th with a Cody Bruder RBI.
Indiana hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth to inch closer making the score 4-3 Michigan, but Bryan Pall struck two Hoosiers out in a row to give Michigan the 4-3 upset victory in front of a packed Kaufman Field.
Michigan is now 18-13 and 4-5 in the B1G. All of their B1G games have come against teams that were ranked or ranked at some point this season. Definitely the meat of their schedule.
Now that that's out of the way and Michigan managed to go 4-2 in their last 6 after getting swept to open B1G play, Michigan should start racking up the wins.
Michigan will face EMU on Tuesday at 4pm before packing up and heading on the road again. This time to Penn State who is pretty mediocre at 8-17, 1-3 B1G. PSU plays OSU tomorrow again concluding their strange Sat-Sun-Mon weekend series.
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.