The Michigan Baseball team is playing at Nebraska today in the Big Ten regular season finale. Michigan is currently winning 4-3 in the bottom of the third and the game is on Big Ten Network. If Michigan wins, they are guaranteed a spot in the Big Ten Tournament. If Michigan loses, Penn State must beat Michigan State for Michigan to have a spot. That game is currently 0-0 in the fifth. Go Blue!
Michigan Baseball vs Nebraska on BTN Open Thread
Tied 4-4 going into the top of the fourth, rough inning for Maezes. Penn State scored a run, making it 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth in that game.
One out, 5-4 lead in the top of the 5th. Come on boys! Get some more runs
EDIT: Two more runs. 7-4 with the bases still loaded and one out
Since they're playing, they don't know you also root for the Hawks. Or they know, and decided to listen to you anyway.
Like I said I love Michigan because of all of my family members who have attended the university but when it comes to professional sports I am all Chicago. I'm pretty sure, actually 100% sure that there are plenty of people who love Michigan but cheer for professional teams other than Detroit
But didn't know if "/t" would mean anything.
I live in NYC, and except for the Tigers didn't pay attention to pro sports when I was a kid in Michigan. Just found myself reading both this thread and the hockey thread at the same time.
And had just read your post above when the boys had a big inning.
I wasn't trying to answer back with any sort of condescending tone. Sorry if my response came off that way. I don't have anything against the Detroit teams since quite a bit of my family are huge fans, I just became a Chicago fan since I grew up here. As long as they're not playing each other I have nothing against the Detroit teams. I know that's very unlike a lot of my friends here
even though a couple of my best friends are serious fans, but since I didn't pay attention to pro football until I followed Michigan players to their pro teams, I admit to having my Giants (and even Jets) moments. Helps that the #1 Yankee fan's brother had great season tix for the Giants and let me use them to watch Tom Brady in the big [almost]-perfect season game that led to the Gints turning around and winning the Super Bowl.
Pitching change, still the top of the fifth with two outs, and Michigan leads it 8-4. Top of the ninth in the Michigan State vs. Penn State game, and Michigan State has tied it at 1.
I almost feel bad for the Nebraska pitcher, but great work by Michigan to take a good lead. Now they just gotta hold on and then its on to the Big Ten Tourney. Good first year by the new baseball coach.
OT but still baseball related.
My dad flew down from Detroit to see me graduate from Missouri State University with my M.S.
There isn't much to do in Springfield MO, except to visit Bass Pro Shop (!). So I looked up if any sports were being played. Lo and behold GVSU was playing at Drury University in the D-II Midwest Regional. GVSU is rolling through the competition, is 3-0, and are in the drivers seat to win the Regional.
Needless to say it was a perfect day for baseball, and there is nothing like seeing my undergraduate university dominate. Go Lakers.
Michigan State beat Penn State 2-1, if Michigan holds on and beats Nebraska they're in the Big Ten Tournament, if they lose, then Michigan State gets a spot in the Big Ten Tournament.
Time to get the golf clubs out!
Michigan State scores two in the top of the ninth to beat PSU 2-1. Michigan must win this game now.
2 more big runs this inning. 12-5
Illinois and Minnesota are currently scoreless in the top of the 8th. If Michigan wins and Minnesota loses, then Michigan gets the 5th seed in the Big Ten tourney.
A few users on here said that Michigan holds the tiebreaker between them and Illinois, so wouldn't Michigan get the 5 seed no matter what if they win?
I'm not sure they were correct. All I know is that some prominent baseball people on Twitter said that Illinois holds the tiebreaker over Michigan.
Minnesota has now taken a 2-0 lead over Illinois in the bottom of the 8th.
The tiebreaker was very complicated. It actually depended on what place they tied for. Michigan would have won the tiebreaker if they had tied for 6th, but Illinois held the tiebreaker if they had tied for 5th.
They tied for 5th, so Illinois gets the 5 seed.
Why do the big ten teams not all have the same number of conference games? For instance, MSU is 12-9 while Michigan is 13-10 with one game left to finish. Seems odd to me.
Michigan State's series against Minnesota was cancelled.
I'm not sure how the Big Ten determines standings after that but still pretty screwed up either way.
They determine the standings based on winning percentage.
Crazy stat they just announced on BTN - Michigan scored 14 runs without an extra base hit until a 2-run double in the top of 8. Barry Larkin will be proud.
It's now 16-5 in the 8thand Michigan is threatening to score more.
Michigan is tearing Nebraska a new asshole today.
Have they scored that many before? This season or ever? (Non-baseball historian here.)
According to the record book, the 19 runs are the most since March 20, 2010, when Michigan beat Fordham 20-0. They also beat MSU 27-6 in a game in 2008. There are also some crazy totals from the 19th century, such as the 70-18 victory over Detroit in 1867.
What do you mean crazy?! 1981 Michigan 70 Illinois 21. Not crazy at all.
...baseball you say? a year before Andrew Johnson was impeached? Crazy indeed...
Minnesota defeats Illinois 2-0. If our score holds up, we will play Nebraska again on Wednesday in the B1G Tournament.
— Michigan Baseball (@umichbaseball) May 18, 2013
This means Michigan will be the 6th seed; Nebraska the 3rd.
#4 Minnesota will play #5 Illinois.
It's a season high. I'd be shocked if Michigan hasn't scored more, given how long they've played baseball at Michigan.
Excellent point. Thanks.
I scrolled Michigan results and found at least a couple of dozen games where Michigan scored more than 20 in a game. I noticed a 42 and a couple of 70s, but those games occurred more than a century ago.
That was some bad closing.
19-9 Michigan wins it, Odgen gets the win with 5.1 innings of relief. The two will meet again on Wednesday for first round action in the Big Ten Tournament.
How Illinois won the tie breaker against Michigan? based upon what?
From what I read on Twitter, it's based on the two teams' records against common opponents.
EDIT: From the official Big Ten release of the tournament bracket:
The Illini finished tied in the standings with Michigan, claiming the tiebreaker over the Wolverines by overall winning percentage versus Big Ten common opponents.
Michigan will play its opening game Wednesday against Nebraska at 4:35 pm ET.
probably overall record, Illinois had 4 more wins than Michigan.
Illinois wins the tie breaker over Michigan based on a better record against teams finishing in the top 6. If Illinois and Michigan had tied for 6th with MSU 5th, then Michigan would have won the tie breaker since their 3-0 record against State would then have come into play.
Then again, the press release makes a conflicting statement regarding tie-breaking criteria, so either they got that wrong in the press release (no effect on outcome) or they changed the tie- breaker rules from those published last year.
to winning its first Big Ten Title in baseball since 1949. Lead OSU 6-1 in the top of the 5th
BTN.com has game highlights and an interview with Erik Bakich on this page.
By the way, the coach is mostly correct when he says everyone picked Michigan to finish near the bottom of the conference. But Baseball America actually nailed their preseason prediction as they had Michigan finishing sixth.
Just wondering, what our are chances of making the ncaa tourny. what would we need to do in the big ten tourny?
The team will have to win the Big Ten tourney to get in. Their RPI is way too low for an at-large berth.