Baseball

Michigan dropped a series to Pepperdine over the weekend.

Michigan’s high powered schedule took them to the West Coast yet again this weekend. But the California sunshine was the only consistent part of the trip for the Wolverines. 

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The No. 10 Michigan baseball team has completed a grueling stretch of 15 games at exclusively away and neutral sites, coming away with an 8-7 record. 

Sophomore left-hander Walker Cleveland pitched four scoreless innings in Michigan's 5-0 win over Cal.

Walker Cleveland hadnt pitched in a competitive game since June, but on Tuesday night in California, that didn't seem to bother him.

Catcher Joe Donovan hit his first home run of the season on Wednesday.

While it was the first and only error committed by California (3-9) Wednesday night at Evans Field, it was symptomatic of the meek and mistake-prone play which cost it a 5-0 defeat at the hands of No. 5 Michigan (7-5).

Redshirt sophomore right-hander Isaiah Paige pitched 2.2 scoreless innings Tuesday night.

Just a few weeks ago, Matthew Schmidt’s go-ahead homer in the ninth inning crowned him the hero of the Michigan baseball team’s season opening win against Vanderbilt. 

The Michigan baseball team won a series over Cal Poly this weekend.

This win gave Michigan a 2-1 series victory over Cal Poly, and Beers’s performance gave the Wolverines one of many answers they received to early-season questions this weekend.

The No. 5 Michigan baseball team looks to rebound over the next 10 days after a disappointing weekend series against UConn.

Last June, the Wolverines filed out of the first-base dugout down into the annals of TD Ameritrade Stadium as the entire Vanderbilt baseball program jumped and hugged around the pitcher’s mound.

The Michigan baseball team struggled with execution this weekend.

Through the last 14 days, the Michigan baseball team has grown familiar with UConn. The Huskies weren’t the toughest opponent it faced in that time. It wasn’t even the best team the Wolverines played — that title is reserved for the likes of Vanderbilt and Arizona State. But there’s something special about UConn, the only one to find success against Michigan, with a win on Feb. 16, followed by a 2-1 series win last weekend.

The Michigan coaching staff has put the freshmen towards the bottom of the lineup to keep the pressure off.

Two weeks, seven games and one-tenth of a championship-length season have already transpired. But only some of those games are guaranteed, and based on the tinkering Michigan coach Erik Bakich is performing with his pitching staff, it would appear he’s gunning for game 70.

The Michigan baseball team is holding its head high after a series loss to UConn

The Wolverines two losses were much more representative of an unfortunate result against a formidable opponent than shocking takedowns of the nation’s No. 1 team. UConn, while certainly an underdog against Michigan, is an accomplished program in its own right, having made NCAA Regionals two years in a row. And the Wolverines’ defeats were a result of a failure to execute — not the exposure of a fatal flaw.
In response, the team’s message is simple.
“Staying the course,” junior right-hander Jeff Criswell said.