We're now 7-5 on the season. Always good to get these wins in the south early in the year.
To begin the season Michigan has a win over a pretty good Long Beach State team. 4 wins against awful Sienna, and one from a not very good Tennessee Tech team.
In the national picture their hitting ranks 62nd in average and has been good enough to keep them in most of their games. Pitching hasn't been as bad as the numbers indicate, but since we're so early in the season the 7 run outing against Long Beach State and 16 in two games against TTU make them look worse than they are.
Players Of Note
- Jacob Cronenworth: 1st baseman and closer. Bats leadoff, holding opponents to a .077 average with 1 hit allowed.
- Jackson Glines: The team's best hitter and leader in most stat categories. Hits the ball a lot, gets on base and is driven in more than anyone else on the team
- Cody Bruder - Carmen Benedetti: RBI leaders. Middle of the order run producers
- Keith Lehmann: Starting pitcher. 5 walks, 13 stikeouts, 2.13 ERA
- Eric Jacobson: Cleanup hitter, Michigan's only consistent bottom of the order bat.
Batting order lists most recent lineup position.
Pitchers below 3 innings not charted
At Stetson Hatters (7-5)
Tuesday, March 3rd, 6:30PM
The Hatters have played every game save one at their home field in Florida, hosting CMU, LaSalle, FIU and Penn.
Since dropping 2-of-3 to LaSalle to open the year. Stetson is 6-3 and they've been tearing the cover off the ball.
Players Of Note
- Patrick Mazeika: A .250 hitter so far this year who doesn't stike out with 12 walks, 4 home runs and has been plunked 4 times. Mazeika was an All-American two years ago as a freshman and hit .382 last season.
- Josh Powers-Vance Vizcaino: Leading run producers, high average hitters
- Kevin Fagan: Hitting .288 with 9 batted in. Freshman All-American in 2013
- Brooks Wilson: 4-0 record as a starter, 2.76 ERA.
Friday, March 6th, 3:00pm
I know nothing about this team because they have had 5 games cancelled and 2 postponed. UMBC plays in the America East conference and has finished at or near the bottom for the last 5 years.
Saturday, March 7th, 11:00AM
The Rockets have played like your average midwest team trekking through the south. Their pitching staff gave up 33 runs in 3 games to start the season, then 11 against Winthrop, 9 to open their series against VT and another 9 to finish it. They haven't particularly hit well either.
Players Of Note
- AJ Montoya - Ryan Callahan - Matt Hansen - John Martillotta
All four players have 4 RBI, which is the most on the team.
Coastal Carolina (7-4)
Saturday, March 7th, 3:00PM
The tournament host, CCU has wins over Georgia Tech, NC State and an assortment of northern teams. Bad losses to Kent State, Illinois and Canisius. They can hit but stikeout a lot. Pitching has been shaky.
Players Of Note
- Connor Owings: A .351 hitter on the year with 10 batted in, 2 home runs and 8 walks. 1st Team All-Big South a year ago.
- Anthony Marks: Team leader in OBP (.487), 7 RBI, .295 average
- Michael Paez: Low average hitter. Leads the team in runs scored (10) and in doubles (5). 7 RBI.
- Alex Cunningham: Coming off elbow surgery, has started 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA. 17 strikeouts, 5 walks, holding batters to a .185 average.
Sunday, March 8th, 11:00AM
The Zips aren't off to a bad start. They took 2-of-3 from Furman and 2-of-3 from Charlotte, before going 1-of-3 at the Mercer Baseball Classic with a win over Belmont and losses to Notre Dame and Mercer.
They started the season hitting well but have cooled off. Pitching is alright.
Players Of Note
- Dom Iero: .313 hitter with more RBI than hits, .400 OBP
- Daulton Mosbarger: Hitting .303 with 3 doubles, 1 home run and 8 batted in. Leads the team in walks (6) and OBP (.439)
- Jon Pusateri: Lowest ERA of the Akron starters with a 3.00, 9 strikeouts, 3 walks in 15.0 innings thrown.
This prompted a mixed bag of messages, including some mildly creepy stuff. Schilling responded to some of the junk. Websites like sportingnews.com and washingtonpost.com posted stories mocking him for getting angry at people hitting on his daughter.
But things were much uglier than that. There were tweets that went much, further than a humorous date joke. I think people can overuse terms like this, but violent misogyny is exactly what was tweeted about Schilling's daughter.
And Schilling decided not to take it.
(Edit: Note that the lingual content of the tweets is absolutely NSFW, and I link only because it's necessary to know the context)
And I say good for him. The Internet is a pretty random, diverse place. People have odd senses of what is appropriate and what is funny. And, for the most part, so what? I don't have to go there.
But the kind of violent, dehumanizing excrement that those guys were writing about a teenage girl is absolute garbage. The kind of culture that tolerates or encourages such hateful internet behavior is morally bankrupt. It stems from a mentality that believes that hurtful words said on the Internet don't matter, and that such words have no consequences. And it is far, far too widespread. This subculture deserves neither public hearing nor public sympathy, and Schilling's aggressive and public response is an important effort to expose those trolls for what they are.
Why bring this here? Because this is a net-savvy audience. We've all seen junk like this. Most of us hate it. Maybe we shouldn't be so passive in assuming there's nothing we can do about it anymore.
But there are also a few people who may enjoy it. Enjoy the thrill of saying things that you could never say to someone's face. The thrill of finding an eloquence, no matter how vile, that you cannot achieve in social situations.
To that person: read Schilling's post. And whether by fear or by a realization that it is good to be kind and respectful to others, change.
The Michigan baseball team broke a 3-game losing streak today with a 6-2 win over Siena. Travis Maezes hit a 3-run homer, and Jackson Glines, Cody Bruder, Jake Bivens, and Carmen Benedetti each had 2 hits. Starting pitcher Ryan Nutof had a hard time, walking 4 batters in 3.1 innings, but Bryan Pall and Donnie Eaton shut Siena down the rest of the way.
M has another game with Siena today, and then again on Saturday and Sunday. The series is at a neutral site in St. Lucie, Florida.
For those in the Savannah, Georgia area, Michigan Baseball is headed your way this weekend.
After the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, NC was cancelled due to weather, news of a 3-game series featuring Michigan and Tennessee Tech leaked last night.
It has been confirmed. Michigan will face Tennessee Tech at Grayson Stadium in Savannah, Georgia. Home of the Savannah Sand Gnats.
The Sand Gnats are the single A affiliate of the New York Mets, Fred Wilpon's team.
After this weekend series against TTU, Michigan will head down to their home-away-from-home in Port St. Lucie, Florida at Tradition Field, spring home to the Mets where Michigan has played a 4-game series every year for the last decade.
After two debacles in a row out at Long Beach State against the Dirtbags that resulted in 3-2 and 7-2 losses to open the season, Michigan avoided getting swept earlier and picked up their first win of the this young 2015 season.
Thankfully it was not a repeat of Friday night. Michigan broke a scorless tie in the 4th inning off of a Eric Jacobson single to claim a 3-0 lead. However, in the bottom of the 9th, Long Beach State tied the game at 3 after Michigan held a 3-2 for the majority of the game.
Thankfully, preseason All-American Jacob Cronenworth hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 10th to give Michigan a 5-3 lead an ultimately the win.
Michigan will head back across the country to Greenville, NC for the Keith LeClair Classic. Michigan will face #25 Liberty on Friday, East Carolina on Saturday in a road game and St. John's on Sunday.
Sad news, as Dave Bergman, one of the '84 Bless You Boys has passed away too soon at age 61. Acquired right before the start of the magical '84 season, Bergman was the everyday first baseman except when spelled from time to time by Darrel Evans.
He may not have had the star power of some of the other guys on that team, but he had some great moments.
I'm a bad embedder, so here are links to a couple great memories:
Bergman dupes Alan Wiggins with hidden ball trick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8sJ8AAKag4
13-pitch at bat ends with walkoff 3-run shot to beat Blue Jays at the Corner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn44Rsn9WlY
Bless you, Mr. Bergman. You were part of an amazing summer that many of us will never forget.