Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Michigan knocked off PSU today at Ray Fisher Stadium, 8-1. Michigan earned their second straight B1G sweep of the season and continues their amazing 9 game winning streak.
They now sit at the top of the B1G standings. Next up is northwestern on the road. The saturday game is at Wrigley Field.
The Michigan baseball team scored 5 runs in the 8th inning to sink Penn State today. They managed just 2 hits off PSU starter TJ Jann today despite striking out just once. Jann left after the 7th, and with 2 out in the 8th PSU proceeded to walk the bases full. M then got consecutive hits from Michael O'Neill, Zach Zott, and Kevin White.
Trent Szkutnik was outstanding, walking just 1 and striking out 12 over 6 2/3 innings. Matt Ogden finished the 7th and pitched the 8th, and Jacob Cronenworth finished up.
The team's record is now 18-14, 5-2 in conference.
I received an Email from a Spartan fan of mine ranting about how he's sick of hearing about the officials and how he heard from someone else this week that the officials from Monday's game had Big East affiliation.
I decided to look into it further (statsheet.com):
The refs who worked Monday night's game (Tony Greene, John Cahill, John Higgins) have done 3,500+ games since 1997
- 559 were Big East games (16%)
- 72 were Big Ten games (2%)
- This season neither Greene or Cahill worked a UM game, they collectively worked 14 UL games
- Since 1997, Cahill & Greene have done 52 UL games, and only 6 UM games (Greene had never officiated UM prior to Monday night).
EDIT*: Michigan wins its sixth-straight game, defeating Notre Dame in South Bend, 4-1. As Center Ice pointed out, Notre Dame went into the game ranked in the top 25, ranked between #16 and #24 by the various polls.
James Bourque went 5 1/3 to get the win and is now 3-4 on the season. Matt Ogden went the rest of the way in relief to earn his first save.
The Wolverines next play host to Penn State for a three-game series this weekend.
*This originally was sort of a baseball open thread with a live video embed. Just thought I should explain for people coming to this late and seeing the "replies" below.
EDIT2: Link to the mgoblue.com piece on the game: Six Pack: Michigan Knocks Off No. 18 Irish to Continue Win Streak
This is pretty inexcusable.
Today Michigan knocked off state up at McLane in the Road-Home-Road series this weekend. This is Michigan's first series sweep of them since the 2008 season when Michigan won the B1G Championship.
They dominated the series winning all 3 games by at least 3 runs. (6-3, 5-1, 6-2). Was at the game at RFS yesterday and you can tell the Michigan swagger is back.
For a program that has been in bad shape the last two years, 16-14 overall and 4-2 in the B1G is pretty damn good. Next up for Michigan is a non-conference game with notre dame and then they host penn state for a Friday-Saturday-Sunday series.
Luckily for those going to the football spring game, the spring game starts at Noon. Then Lacrosse will host ohio at The Big House at 3:30pm following the spring game. And then head on over to RFS. First pitch against penn state Saturday is at 6:15pm.