Ben Mason Playing FB, per Harbaugh

Ben Mason Playing FB, per Harbaugh

Submitted by UMGoRoss on May 24th, 2017 at 11:07 AM

On today's Pardon My Take (link in previous board post), Harbuagh mentions that Ben Mason is someone who's built to be a fullback. I know many people thought he would eventually wind up there, but it appears that transition may be happening sooner than anticipated. I wouldn't count him out as a LB, but he appears to be getting looks at FB already as an early enrolee.

I'd recommend the entire interview (and podcast as a whole). Very entertaining.

OT Detroit Tiger Fans - Who's hitting better than JD Martinez right now!? En Fuego!

OT Detroit Tiger Fans - Who's hitting better than JD Martinez right now!? En Fuego!

Submitted by Michifornia on May 20th, 2017 at 9:11 PM

So the Tigers will probably be in the race this year mainly because there seems to be a lot of parity this year and despite closer woes.

But you have to admit, it's nice having JD Martinez back.  Since missing the first part of the season with a foot injury, Martinez has been back for 8 games (including tonight).  Check out these numbers so far:

BA .500 (11/22), 6 HR, 12 RBI, 9 RS, 11 BB, .667 OBP, 1.318 SLG, 1.985 OPS.

Yes, it's a long season, but gotta be impressed. Tonight he was the third HR in a back to back to back jacks in the first inning following Avila and Miggy.  Fun stuff.

GO TIGERS!

Baseball beats MSU for the 200th time in extra inning thriller

Baseball beats MSU for the 200th time in extra inning thriller

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on May 20th, 2017 at 3:16 PM

WHAT. A. GAME.

Though the chance to win the B1G Championship went away quickly when PSU layed down against Nebraska, losing 22-3. Tell this Michigan team that today's game didn't matter.

#19 Michigan took on MSU today out at East Lansing in the regular season finale.

Michigan eliminated MSU from B1G Tournament contention yesterday, so today was the final game for MSU in 2017. 

It was a pitcher's duel. 

MSU took a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning after scraping one together on two hits and a walk.

The Wolverines waited until the last minute to get it going. 

In the 9th, Drew Lugbauer got in with a leadoff single. He was replaced by the banged up Ako Thomas who would pinch run for him. A sac bunt moved Ako to 2B and then a steal with no throw got him to 3rd.

Nick Poirier hit a one out RBI groundout that was bobbled by the MSU 1B to push Ako Thomas across the plate easily, to tie the game at 1-1. 

MSU had one last shot to end it in regulation. They had bases loaded in the 9th against closer Jackson Lamb.

After a force at home, a nearly dropped infield fly out and a fielder's choice at 2B, the Lamb escaped in heart stopping fashion to extend the game.

In the 10th with two outs, Jake Bivens reached with a single. Johnny Slater then singeled on 0-2 to move Bivens to second.

Michael Brdar then hit an RBI double to score Jake Bivens and give the Wolverines the 2-1 lead.

Will Tribucher came in for Lamb in the bottom of the 10th and finished it off, with Brdar fittingly getting the force at 2B for the game-ender.

Michigan beats MSU, 2-1 in 10 innings.

This is the 200th all-time win over MSU. The series record stands at 200-110-1 Michigan (see note).

Michigan is now 42-13 and finishes 2nd in the B1G with a 15-8 record. 

2 Michigan will head to Bloomington for the B1G Tournament on Wednesday and face 7 Northwestern at 1:30pm. The tournament is double elimination and all of its games will be on BTN.

^Athletic department record book says 198-106-2 is the record, but I've researched the entire series game-by-game using Michigan Daily and Lansing State Journal archives, and found MANY errors in the U-M record book on that series alone. Some games are credited to the wrong team, the extra tie the ADept claims is actually a game we won. Baseball's records are a long term fix project.

Baseball takes down MSU in home finale

Baseball takes down MSU in home finale

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on May 19th, 2017 at 10:18 PM

After yesterday's game got away after a disaster 4 run inning that began on an outfield error, Michigan took on MSU tonight at Ray Fisher Stadium looking for revenge.

Michigan beat MSU back on April 18th at Ray Fisher Stadium 12-4, but that was in a non-conference game.

Tonight's game counted towards the standings.

We wasted no time tonight.

Michigan jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 1st inning on a bases loaded walk, a 2 RBI single by Miles Lewis and a sac fly by Nick Poirier.

After a quick inning by Oliver Jaskie, Michigan began pounding some more.

The Wolverines once again had bases loaded with none out. Michael Brdar hit an RBI single and then Drew Slugbauer Lugbauer hit a 2-run double to make it 7-0 Michigan.

MSU got a run back in the top of the 3rd, but Harrison Wenson hit a 2-run bomb to LF to put Michigan up 9-1 after 3 innings.

MSU found a way to scrape together another 4 run inning that once again started on an outfield error by Michigan. The lead was cut to 9-5.

Michigan added some insurance runs in the 7th and 8th innings with RBI singles to go up 11-5.

MSU pushed across one more run, but with bases loaded the door was slammed in their face by Michigan closer Jackson Lamb.

Michigan beats MSU for the 199th time all-time and the 2nd time this season by a final score of 11-6. The Wolverines outscored MSU 23-10 in two meetings this season in Ann Arbor.

Michigan is now 41-13 and 15-8 in the B1G.

It all comes down to tomorrow. Minnesota lost twice today in an ultra rare tripleheader against Purdue.

Nebraska lost to PSU yesterday.

If Michigan beats MSU tomorrow out at East Lansing and Penn State beats Nebraska, Michigan is the B1G Champion for the first time since 2008.

Tonight was likely the final game of the 2016-17 Michigan Athletics season in Ann Arbor. A great way to end it. 

#21 Michigan Baseball sweeps Purdue

#21 Michigan Baseball sweeps Purdue

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on May 14th, 2017 at 6:49 PM

Despite getting outhit on the weekend 26-21, the #21 ranked Wolverines swept the 3 game series with Purdue down at Alexander Field.

Oliver Jaskie outlasted Purdue's Tanner Andrews on Friday night in a pitcher's duel, as Michigan took the first game of the series, 2-0. There were 3 Wolverine triples hit in the first 3 innings.

Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st on a wild pitch that allowed Michael Brdar to score. Then in the 3rd, Johnny Slater used a triple to score Jake Bivens who reached on a triple of his own to make it 2-0.

Yesterday's game was a slugfest.

Johnny Slater started things off on Saturday with an RBI single, and then scored later on on an error by Purdue to give Michigan another 2-0 lead after 1 inning.

The Boilers tied the game in the 4th inning, 2-2. Two frames later, Michigan put up 2 more runs on another Slater RBI single, and he would again later cross the plate on a sac bunt to give Michigan a 4-2 lead.

Things fell apart for Purdue later on, as Michigan posted 5 runs in the final two innings to take a 9-2 lead in the 9th. Purdue forced a pitching change and scraped together two runs, but Michigan held on for a 9-3 win.

Today's game was another 2-0 score variety.

We led 2-0 after 2 innings after a first pitch RBI single by Nick Poirier, and then a successful double steal. 

Similiar to Friday, it stayed 2-0 for most of the game until Purdue had a meltdown in the 7th and walked in two consecutive runs to make it 4-0 Michigan.

Miles Lewis added a run on an RBI single in the 8th to make it 5-0 Wolverines.

Purdue again added a run in their final gasp in the 9th, but it wasn't enough. Michigan wins 5-1.

What won't show up in the box scores is the great defense on display this weekend. Miles Lewis was diving all over the place yesterday with his hat flying off all the time, making great catches in the outfield. Made a diving grab.

Then Jake Bivens made an a catch in foul territory today, over the shoulder while nearly falling down to get out of the inning.

3 wins this weekend gives Michigan a 39-12 overall record and a 14-7 B1G record.

Michigan will try for the program's first 40-win season since 2008 when we host EMU on Tuesday night in the non-conference finale.