Michigan starts big ten play 3-0 and is now 20-5. Next up is Notre Dame on tuesday.
In their Big Ten opener the Wolverines faced Northwestern in a Friday doubleheader.
In game 1 the top of the order dominated at the plate getting 3 RBI from Wenson, 2 from Benedetti and a 3-for-4 game from Bivens. Pitching was solid; Jaskie earned four runs on four hits and Vancena threw 2 2/3 perfect innings. Final score 10-4
Game 2 Matt Ramsay may have played the game of his career. Ramsay homered in 2 in the 2nd, homered in 2 in the third, homered in two in the fifth and singled in his 7th RBI of the day later in the 7th.
The pitching in this game was fantastic. Adcock threw 6 innings, struckout 8 and allowed 1 hit. Miller and Karcher threw an inning each without allowing a hit. Final 12-3.
The team has now won their last 8 games and holds a record of 19-5. Up next the series final Sunday then a single game against Notre Dame, Bowling Green and Minnesota.
Pretty much the bad PR you might expect, and I agree. Coaches shouldn't have veto power over transfer destination.
LINK to article titled "Height of Hypocrisy: Michigan Limiting Spike Albrecht's Transfer Options"
Money quotes from Beilein:
"There are 334 other schools he can go to,” Beilein told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday, almost getting the math right on 351 minus the other 13 Big Ten members. “He has a lot of choices."
"Having a kid sit out a year is not like going to jail,” he said. “It’s a slippery slope. I want what’s best for Spike but also what’s best for our program. You train a guy and develop him for four years and suddenly he’s the starting point guard at Michigan State?"
As for Spike's dad Chuck, he seems to be taking it better than I would:
"To be honest, this is kind of what we expected,” he said. “It’s not totally a surprise. I don’t think it’s real fair, but it seems like the norm.
"There’s certain schools in the Big Ten he’d never consider and others he might, I don’t know. If they’re worried about Spike – I think they’ve got bigger problems. But we do respect Michigan and the program, so Spike doesn’t want to cause problems.”
Forde closes with this, which I totally agree with:
Yet here in the real world, a player who will have a degree – and who has already been told he’s not going to have a scholarship in 2016-17 – is still having his future controlled and curtailed by the college. It’s wrong. And at Michigan, where the 2015 starting quarterback was a Hawkeye in 2014, it’s also hypocritical.
#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+.