Baseball

The Michigan baseball team lost three games to Texas Tech last weekend.

“We got exposed,” said Michigan coach Erik Bakich. “We couldn’t hold (Texas Tech) down in the bullpen. They sped the game up on us defensively, they ran out one mid-to-upper 90s pitcher after the next and we weren’t able to handle it as well as we would have liked to.”

Senior third baseman Blake Nelson hit a go-ahead RBI single in Michigan's 12-5 win against Western Michigan.

In the Michigan baseball team’s second midweek game of the season on Tuesday, it hoped to avoid the same pitching follies against Western Michigan that it had in the first.

Initially, it wasn’t obvious if it could.

The Michigan baseball team is taking part in "mustache March" to raise awareness for ALS.

It wasn’t just a way for players to stay warm after returning to Ann Arbor from their two sunny series in California and Florida. Michigan is taking part in “mustache March,” a campaign against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Sophomore Jack Blomgren went 5-for-5 with five RBI as Michigan beat Manhattan 23-2.

In the second game of its home opening series, the Wolverines completely overwhelmed Manhattan College, 23-2, with strong hitting and a consistent ability to capitalize on the Jaspers’ many mistakes.

The Michigan baseball team is looking to find a consistent rhythm as it heads into home play.

Following an impressive win against No. 2 UCLA, as well as disappointing losses against Southern California, No. 19 Oklahoma State and Long Beach State, the Wolverines are ready to move on and smooth out the inconsistencies that were on display last week. Four consecutive matchups against Manhattan College offer an opportunity to do just that.

Senior third baseman Jimmy Kerr's two home runs were one of a few bright spots in the Michigan baseball team's inconsistent trip out west.

The California trip now behind them, there are just as many question marks swirling around the Wolverines. They defeated Northridge handily in the first three games of the series, but dropped the fourth, suffering their first loss of the season. Michigan defeated No. 2 UCLA, which Bakich called “maybe one of the best teams in the country,” but ended the trip on a two-game losing streak, falling to Southern California and Oklahoma State.

Junior right-hander Jack Weisenburger and Michigan's other relievers had an up and down weekend in California.

Michigan’s traditional pillars have been their defense and their pitching. Thus far this season, their hitting has been a pleasant surprise.
However, in the Dodgertown Classic, the relief pitching was a mixed bag, and the bats fell flat. The Wolverines have lost four out of its last five on the West Coast, and the increased competition is a good measuring stick for Michigan against warm-climate teams with more repetitions under their belt.

The Michigan baseball team went 1-2 at the Dodgertown Classic last weekend.

The extra-inning loss proved to exemplify Michigan’s performance over the weekend. An impressive outing by the starting pitchers — all three gave up just two earned runs — and error-free defense kept the Wolverines in the games despite a struggling offense scoring two runs on Saturday and one run on Sunday, dropping two of three games to USC and Oklahoma State while beating No. 2 UCLA.

Michigan coach Erik Bakich is looking ahead to the Dodger Stadium Classic.

The team’s winning three-game series against California State University-Northridge was punctuated by a 5-2 loss Sunday afternoon. On Tuesday afternoon, the team lost again to Long Beach State 8-7. A planned matchup against UC-Irvine on Wednesday evening was cancelled due to rain.

Senior infielder Ako Thomas homered in the first at-bat of Michigan's series against Cal State-Northridge.

That changed on Friday when Thomas knocked one out of the park in the first at-bat of the seventeenth-ranked Wolverines’ three-game series against California State University-Northridge. Michigan won two out of the three games, beating the Matadors 2-0 on Friday and 4-2 in the first contest of a doubleheader on Sunday, but suffered their first loss of the season in the second game, falling to Northridge 5-2.