Baseball

Michigan junior outfielder Jordan Brewer, a JUCO transfer, leads the team in batting average, RBIs, stolen bases and is tied for the lead in home runs.

Last season, Jordan Brewer was playing against the likes of Dyersburg State and Wabash Valley College. The junior outfielder transferred from Lincoln Trail College, a community college of 1,031 people based in rural Robinson, Ill. — to Michigan last year. The expectations on paper would usually be low for a player making the jump from JUCO to a major Division I program, but coach Erik Bakich had other ideas in the preseason.

Catcher Harrison Salter made the most of his start for Michigan.

Salter ended up making the most of the opportunity for the Wolverines. He notched a single and two RBI on a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt as well as a solid performance behind the plate in No. 24 Michigan’s 6-4 victory over the Sycamores.

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With a five-and-a-half hour drive back to Terre Haute ahead of Indiana State on Wednesday evening, even a shortened seven-inning game wasn’t enough to risk pushing up against their firm 7:30 departure deadline. In sharp contrast to yesterday’s hard-fought 8-7 loss –– only its second home loss of the year –– today’s matchup saw Michigan manage to hold their lead after a slow start and beat the Sycamores, 6-4.

 Sophomore right-hander Jeff Criswell pitched nearly seven scoreless innings against Minnesota on Sunday.

This sharp fielding was on display throughout Michigan’s 8-0 win in the final game of its weekend series against the Golden Gophers Sunday afternoon. The Wolverines were eager to round out the series on a high note after hard-fought games Friday and Saturday that ended 4-6 and 5-3, respectively.

Ako Thomas drove in the game-winning runs as Michigan beat Minnesota on Saturday.

That ended up being the final score, as the Michigan baseball team (21-8 overall, 3-1 Big Ten) topped Minnesota (13-15, 6-2) on on Saturday afternoon.

Junior left-hander Tommy Henry came into Friday with a 0.76 ERA.

It was a heavyweight pitching battle Friday.

In one corner was Michigan ace junior left-hander Tommy Henry, coming in with a dominant 0.76 earned-run average and a 6-1 record, totaling 57 strikeouts on and just seven walks.

Senior infielder Blake Nelson saw multiple balls get by him after shifting against Toledo on Wednesday.

Erik Bakich has said in the past he believes his staff is leading the way on analytics. The defensive shift has taken over baseball, and Michigan is no stranger to using any advantage it can to make the difference.

Walker Cleveland closed his two-inning term as president of the mound.

The defense’s busy first inning would set the tone for the rest of Wednesday evening as a carousel of Michigan pitchers took the mound against Toledo.

Strong pitching and defense has been key for the Wolverines when the offense is lacking.

Despite its ability to dominate, the Michigan baseball team’s offense has struggled with consistency — evident in last season’s early end after a promising 20-game win streak, as well as its sporadic performances against mid-major opponents this year. In light of this, Michigan’s pitching and defense have been essential in holding opponents to few runs and securing wins even when the offense can’t pull through.

Senior first baseman Jimmy Kerr hit two home runs to spark Michigan's offense in a 16-2 win over Michigan State.

The Wolverines (19-7 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) hit four home runs in their 16-2 victory over in-state rival Michigan State (4-20, 0-5).