Baseball takes series from Indiana

Baseball takes series from Indiana

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on April 5th, 2015 at 6:29 PM

After Friday's game was pushed to a Saturday DH in which Michigan split, beating 2013 & 2014 B1G Champion Indiana Hoosiers 7-3 in game 1 and came up short in a 13-11 shootout, Michigan was looking to take the series against Indiana for the first time since 2010.

They proved they were for real this weekend when they took a 3-0 lead in the top of the 3rd. They built that lead because of a Drew Lugbauer RBI in the 2nd inning and a Carmen Benedetti 2-run homer in the third.

Indiana eventually cut the lead to 3-2 in the 7th inning, but Michigan tacked on an insurance run in the 8th with a Cody Bruder RBI. 

Indiana hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth to inch closer making the score 4-3 Michigan, but Bryan Pall struck two Hoosiers out in a row to give Michigan the 4-3 upset victory in front of a packed Kaufman Field.

Michigan is now 18-13 and 4-5 in the B1G. All of their B1G games have come against teams that were ranked or ranked at some point this season. Definitely the meat of their schedule.

Now that that's out of the way and Michigan managed to go 4-2 in their last 6 after getting swept to open B1G play, Michigan should start racking up the wins.

Michigan will face EMU on Tuesday at 4pm before packing up and heading on the road again. This time to Penn State who is pretty mediocre at 8-17, 1-3 B1G. PSU plays OSU tomorrow again concluding their strange Sat-Sun-Mon weekend series.

Baseball Splits With Indiana

Baseball Splits With Indiana

Submitted by Sac Fly on April 5th, 2015 at 5:09 AM

With their Friday game postponed, the Wolverines took the diamond for a Saturday doubleheader.

In the first game Michigan took command early with a five run 5th inning, Maezes knocked in two and Benedetti had three RBI. On the mound Cronenworth started again and threw 6 innings, 5 hits and 5 strikeouts.

The Hoosiers best chance in the game came in the 8th with 2 errors and a wild pitch, but they only got 2 runs out of the inning.

Final score 7-3 Michigan.

 

The second game was a wild one.

This time, a 4 error game would be too much to overcome. Indiana jumped out to a 13-4 lead and took it into the 8th. Starting with a Jake Bivens walk, Michigan would get 7 men on base in the inning and knock 7 in.

Down two with a man on, Jake Bivens struckout but looked like he beat the pitch to 1st when the ball hit him. The umpire called runner interference and ended the inning.

Final 13-11

Up next, the rubber match Sunday at 1.

Baseball Wins 4th In A Row

Baseball Wins 4th In A Row

Submitted by Sac Fly on April 1st, 2015 at 11:28 PM

Weekday action at Wilpon. The Wolverines finished a 6 game homestand by beating Central Michigan 5-3 to conclude a 5-1 stretch.

At the plate, Travis Maezes walked three times and singled in two runs. Drew Lugbauer went 3-4 and knocked in one. Cronenworth knocked in the other.

Michigan's 5th run came on a double steal. Benedetti took 2nd, Bivens stole home.

Starting pitching was excellent. Jayce Vancena started and went 3 innings, no hits no runs. Jaskie followed with 2 2/3, two hits and no runs. The Chips came back with a late rally before Benedetti and Pall closed the door.

The Wolverines improve to 16-12. They head to Bloomington next to face Indiana.

OT: MLB Fanmap by facebook likes

OT: MLB Fanmap by facebook likes

Submitted by UMxWolverines on April 1st, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Being from the SE Michigan area and regularly traveling across the border into Toledo and the surrounding area I've always been amazed at how when it comes to college football it's always been a split between Michigan and Ohio State. People across the border tend to lean more towards Ohio State naturally. This map shows as such:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/03/upshot/ncaa-football-map.html?_r=0

BUT, when it comes to baseball the Toledo and surrounding area definitely leans towards the Tigers. Even people that like Ohio State. I thought they weren't supposed to give a damn for the whole state of Michigan? That's why when I see someone with an Tigers D logo and OSU block O on their back window it just kinda makes my skin crawl. 

http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2015-04-01/mlb-fandom-based-on-facebook-data-by-county-map-opening-day-giants-royals-yankees

Baseball takes series from Maryland, Erik Bakich passes Branch Rickey in wins

Baseball takes series from Maryland, Erik Bakich passes Branch Rickey in wins

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 29th, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Michigan Baseball (14-12, 2-4 B1G) picked up the rubber match win against Maryland (18-7, 4-2 B1G) today at Ray Fisher Stadium, winning 5-2.

Michigan blew Maryland out yesterday, winning 10-1 in game 2 of their doubleheader after dropping game 1, 3-1. 

Michigan scored all of their runs in the first inning in this game via RBIs by Jackson Glines, Carmen Benedetti and a 3-run double by Kyle Jusick. 

This was a pretty big series win for Michigan. Maryland is ranked as high as #17 in some polls, but are unranked in Baseball America. Very strong weekend after that disaster of an opening B1G weekend last week in Lincoln. 

Maryland is also the school Michigan head coach Erik Bakich left behind to come here to become the head coach of the Wolverines in 2013. 

So it's pretty fitting that Bakich picked up his 69th Michigan victory against his former team. This puts him at 9th among Michigan Baseball coaches in wins, and puts him past the baseball legend Branch Rickey in wins. 

Branch Rickey is in the Baseball Hall of Fame and is known for breaking the color barrier in the MLB, when he brought Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Rickey coached Michigan from 1910-1913. He also attended the university.

Game 2: Baseball Crushes Maryland

Game 2: Baseball Crushes Maryland

Submitted by Sac Fly on March 29th, 2015 at 6:37 AM
Game two of a weekend double header, the Wolverines got their first Big Ten win with a 10-1 bruising of the Terps. Cronenworth led the way with 5 RBI, starting early with a 2 run shot in the 3rd. An 8 run 5th inning broke the game open and sealed the win for good. On the mound Ryan Nutof was awesome, throwing 7 1/3, allowing 5 hits, 1 walk and no runs.

Baseball Falls To Maryland

Baseball Falls To Maryland

Submitted by Sac Fly on March 28th, 2015 at 2:55 PM

After yesterday's series opener against Maryland was postponed, Michigan's first Big Ten game at Wilpon this season ended with a 3-1 loss.

For Michigan, their closer Jacob Cronenworth got the start and had a solid outing allowing 3 hits, walking 1 and striking out 9. Unfortunately that walk advanced a runner to 2nd base who would score on a single, and one of the three hits was a home run.

Maryland starter Mike Shawaryn went 7 1/3, with 5 hits, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts, but finished with an erratic 8th allowing a leadoff double, a single and two hit batters.

That gave the Wolverines their best chance to make it a game, but Bruder popped out with the bases loaded.

They fall to 0-4 in the Big Ten.

Funny Bo story

Funny Bo story

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 28th, 2015 at 12:56 PM

Was reading a story about Baseball in The Daily and this just made me laugh.

In case you don't know, Barry Larkin is in the Baseball Hall of Fame and his number is retired here.

As Larkin grew to be a standout football player in Cincinnati, he caught the eye of legendary football coach Bo Schembechler, who gave him a spot on the football team at Michigan.

When an unexpected player returned for his fifth year on the team at Larkin’s position, Schembecher allowed the freshman to take a redshirt year and play baseball during spring season instead of working with the football team.

“By the end of that season I decided I just wanted to play baseball,” Larkin said. “I had to go tell Bo that … and the meeting didn’t go too well. He reminded me, ‘Larkin, this is the University of Michigan. Nobody comes to the University of Michigan to play baseball.’ ”

Schembechler told Larkin to go home and come back the next day when he had come to his senses, but nothing would change in his mind.

“I thought that was the end of it,” Larkin said. “But we were out there taking ground balls in spring baseball practice and this guy in a parka comes walking inside the stadium and stops on the third-base line. He says, ‘Larkin, you sissy! Come hit a man that can hit you back instead of that baseball.’ It was Coach Schembechler.”