Slow night and a nice chance to catch a live stream of our #17 ranked Wolverines take on the Fighting Irish on the diamond.
Live on ESPN3 here: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index?rb=true&watchsrc=true&id=2776990
Weather Report (as of Tuesday, April 5):
46/37 & Partly Cloudy
Series History: Michigan Leads 87-46
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - A rivalry that dates back to the administration of President Benjamin Harrison (1889-93) will be renewed at 6:05 p.m. (ET) Tuesday, when the No. 17 Michigan Wolverines invade Frank Eck Stadium for a showdown with the University of Notre Dame baseball team.
The matchup will pit two streaking teams against each other, as the Irish (15-11, 6-6 ACC) enter with victories in seven of their last eight games, while the Wolverines (20-5, 3-0 Big Ten) sport a nine-game winning streak.
On the mound, the Irish are set to turn to midweek starter Michael Hearne (2-0, 3.67 ERA), who has earned the win in two of the three previous midweek games this season. Michigan will send LHP William Tribucher (1-0, 1.65 ERA) to the mound.
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.