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Day two of Michigan's California trip didn't go as planned with a 5-1 loss.
Adcock had a shaky first inning where he struggled with control walking the bases loaded and nearly giving up a 3-run shot that went all the way to the track, but was able to get out of the jam with just 1 run allowed.
Things didn't get an better for Adcock in the second. He walked two of his first three batters before going breaking ball crazy and getting out of the inning with no damage. After a strong bounce back that looked like Adcock had thrown out of it with 5 strikeouts in a row, he started the 4th walking two batters and put up a 3-0 count before getting the hook.
The kicker: Adcock walked 9 batters but didn't allow a single hit.
Jayce Vancena entered the game and got out of a bases loaded jam with only 1 run allowed, but things came unravelled in the 6th. Vancena walked two batters and hit another with the bags loaded before the Mustangs singled in 2 more.
Michigan's bats just never got going. They did threaten in the 9th getting a run in with a few on before Bivens struckout.
The Wolverines fall to 5-1 on the year. They're headed to Santa Clara next for a Sunday night game.
First game of the California road trip easily went Michigan's way.
Benedetti got things going in the 4th hitting a solo shot off the pitcher Vanderslice. Later Drew Lugbauer would single in two in the 6th. For some insurance Harrison Wenson continued a fine start to the year with a 2-run bomb in the 9th.
The Wolverines were once again fantastic on the mound. Ryan Nutof threw five innings allowing three hits and fanning five. Hendrickson took over and turned in a performance of his own throwing three innings with 1 hit and 6 K's.
The 9th started shaky with a hit batter followed by an infield error and the Hawks' first run, but Lozer finished it off with minimal damage.
Until the 9th inning push from St. Joe's the Hawks were 0-10 hitting with runners on and 0-8 with runners in scoring position. Quite a performace from the pitching staff.
The Wolverines have improved to 5-0 on the year. Up next they're headed to a Saturday meeting with Cal Poly.
In the final game of a four game series Michigan dismantled Canisius 9-3.
The bats were red hot today tallying 16 hits and they opened this one up early with a 2-run first with Bivens scoring on yet another balk, then Ramsey stealing third and scoring on a throwing error.
Catcher Harrison Wenson has been swinging the bat well this weekend and he cranked a 2-run shot in the second inning, then later after Bivens and Bruder both notched RBI singles in the 5th Wenson sac flied another in the 7th.
On the mound Oliver Jaskie had a solid outing hurling 6 innings, allowing three hits and fanning nine before Lehmann entered in relief striking out two-of-three batters faced. Freshman Jack Bredeson entered the game in the 8th and walked his first two batters before getting out of the jam with two runs allowed, both unearned on an error.
Benedetti closed, striking out two batters and getting the final out on a pop-up.
The Wolverines improved to 4-0 on the year, up next they're headed to California for a long stretch that will last until March 5th.
Former Detroit Tigers utility man Tony Phillips passed away at 56 years old. He was a very, uh, "passionate" player, but Phillips was a fun one to watch. There was rarely a dull moment when he was playing. Mostly an infielder, he hit .266 with 160 home runs and 177 stolen bases during his career.
If you're a seam-head like myself then today marks the beginning of spring as pitchers and catchers report today in Lakeland.
I'd like to hear some predictions not only for the Tigers but for the rest of the league as well. I'm gonna put the Tigers at 90-72 and getting a WC birth, as KC takes the division.
2016 World Series: San Francisco GIants (it's an even numbered year) vs the KC Royals in a rematch of the '14 series.
With 25 days until the 2016 season opener, more Michigan baseball previews were posted today to go along with the nice one recently posted here by Out of Left Field. First, the baseball program itself put out a preview.
So far this preseason, the Wolverines have earned recognition in multiple preseason polls, and numerous baseball organizations across the nation have predicted Michigan to finish atop the competitive Big Ten Conference. Individually, junior utility/pitcher Carmen Benedetti has also earned multiple preseason honors, including two Pre-Season All-America selections and a selection to Baseball America's Top 100 Draft Picks list.
Baseball America, which has the Wolverines ranked #15 in their preseason top 25, posted a Michigan preview today that includes a projected lineup. In addition to freshman outfielder Jonathan Engelmann, other newcomers to look out for include juco transfer shortshop Michael Brdar and fifth-year grad transfer Matt Ramsay, penciled in as the DH but also likely to see time in the outfield.
Benedetti will draw much of the attention from opposing pitchers, but the Wolverines’ offense will not be a one-man show. Jake Bivens was named Big Ten freshman of the year last season after hitting .319/.435/.352 and manning shortstop. He will move to second base this spring to accommodate junior-college transfer Michael Brdar, who stands out most for his defense. Catcher Harrison Wenson and outfielder Johnny Slater were both drafted coming out of high school and will now be counted on to take on larger roles as juniors.
Michigan also welcomes freshman Jonathan Engelmann, the highest ranked player on the BA 500 to make it to a Big Ten school this year, and senior Matt Ramsay, a graduate transfer from Wofford. Engelmann is an athletic, toolsy outfielder with plus raw power who fits the right field profile. Ramsay hit .359/.459/.483 and led the Southern Conference in on-base percentage and hits (84).
On a recent appearance on WTKA (podcast), Erik Bakich referred to Ramsay as the baseball team's version of Jake Rudock.
Michigan kicks off the season in Port St. Lucie, Florida, with a four-game series against Canisius, with the opener on Friday, February 19, 2pm ET. Full schedule.