Before their home opener next week, Michigan (11-3) has a big three-game series this weekend at Oklahoma State (11-6).
Live stream (embed below)
Oliver Jaskie is on the mound today, earning the Friday starting slot after going 3-0 in his first three starts, with a 0.00 ERA. Brett Adcock is scheduled to go tomorrow; Evan Hill on Sunday.
D1 Baseball in their Weekend Preview has a nice overview of Michigan's season to date.
Baseball America's On Campus feature today noted the success so far of Michigan's bullpen-by-committee.
Through four weekends, No. 18 Michigan has five saves, all recorded by different pitchers. Instead of having a definied closer, coach Erik Bakich said he has three pitchers—lefthander Carmen Benedetti and righthanders Mac Lozer and Bryan Pall—who he calls on whenever a key moment arises during the game. “The way we verbalize it to those guys is when they’re pitching, it’s a high-leverage situation,” Bakich said. “That could be in the fifth inning, it could be in the ninth inning. But when they’re pitching, it’s an important situation.” So far, the approach has worked. The Wolverines bullpen is 1-0, 2.17 with 70 strikeouts in 54 innings.
EDIT: Tough loss as Michigan squandered a bunch of scoring opportunities. Oklahoma State wins, 6-3. First pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 3pm ET.
Game 2 of the Michigan (8-3) at Hawaii (6-8) series begins around 11:30 ET.
Live video: http://www.bigwest.org/story.asp?story_id=17504
Junior southpaw Brett Adcock (1-1, 1.04 ERA) gets the start on the mound tonight. Following the shutout yesterday, Michigan's team ERA improved to 1.44, which is #4 in NCAA D-I.
EDIT: Michigan had a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th, the Rainbow Warriors tied it up to send it to extra innings, and then the Wolverines win 5-4 on a RBI single from Harrison Wenson in the 10th. Full recap is here, but see the posts below for some good descriptions of the action from San Diego Mick and others (as well as the postgame comments of Erik Bakich in the embedded podcast).
Adcock deserved better than a no decision, going 7 innings, giving up just 1 earned run on 2 hits and 2 walks, while striking out a career-high 12.
The teams will wrap up the series today playing two, both scheduled for 7 innings. Unfortunately, there's no live stream for either game. There is live audio; see this page for the links. 5:05 ET is the time for the first game.
From late last night #19 Michigan took game 1 of the series in Hawaii 6-0.
The top of the order for Michigan had a great night. Bivens went 2-for-5 leading off, Bruder 3-for-4, Wenson 3-for-5.
The Wolverines opened it up in the 6th. Bruder singled in Matt Ramsay for the first run of the game; Drew Lugbauer doubled in the runners, follwed by an RBI single from Brdar.
In the 7th they'd get another 2 on a pinch hit single from Engelman to make it 6-0.
On the mound it was another fantastic outing. Jaskie threw 5 1/3, 3 hits allowed and 3 K's.
The bullpen follwed it up with 3 2/3 innings of dominance. No hits, four strikeouts and 1 walk between Mac Lozer, Will Tribucher, Troy Miller and Grant Reuss.
Up next: Game 2 of the series late tonight.
First game of four-game series: Michigan (7-3) at Hawaii (6-7).
Live video: http://www.bigwest.org/story.asp?story_id=17504
Sophomore lefty Oliver Jaskie (2-0, 0.00 ERA) is getting the start tonight.
EDIT: Wolverines win 6-0. Jaskie gets the win, going 5.1 innings, giving up 3 hits, walking 3, and striking out 3, improving to 3-0 on the season. Four relievers held the Rainbow Warriors hitless the rest of the way. Drew Lugbauer and Jonathan Engelmann each knocked in two runs to lead the offense. Redshirt freshman LHP Grant Reuss made his career debut, closing out the game in the ninth.
Michigan's team ERA is now 1.44 on the season, which is top five in NCAA D-I.
Today's game is again at 11:30 ET. Brett Adcock is getting the start.
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Edit: Bumped the league up to 20 teams.
Michigan (6-2) continues its California Spring Break trip with a single game today at San Jose State (4-5). They'll play a 3-game series at UC Davis tomorrow through Saturday. Links for tonight's game:
Live stream: http://livestream.com/sanjosestate/events/4799431
Sophomore southpaw Michael Hendrickson is making his first career start tonight.
Game 4 of the California road trip Michigan bounced back for a comfortable win over 10th ranked Cal.
The bats were swinging early for the Wolverines. Engelmann singled in his first career RBI in the second, followed by a Ramsay RBI single and a two run double from Lugbauer in the third.
The Wolverines would get an insurance run in the 9th. Wenson doubled with two outs and Lugbauer doubled him in on the next at-bat.
On the mound Oliver Jaskie was fantastic throwing 5 1/3, 6 K's and 3 hits allowed.
In relief Will Tribucher threw well before getting into a jam in the 7th, he handed over to Mac Lozer with two on and two out who finished the inning getting a ground out.
Benedetti closed easily. As a team the Wolverine pitching staff held Cal to an 0-19 night hitting with runners on base. 0-11 with runners in scoring position and 1-10 hitting with two outs.
Up next they'll face San Jose State on Wednesday.
#14 Michigan (5-1) plays at Santa Clara (4-3) tonight in the 3rd game of their California trip. Links:
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.