Baseball

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.

Senior infielder Blake Nelson committed five errors in two games against Binghamton, resulting in a benching.

Erik Bakich wants his team to play aggressively on defense, even if mistakes happen as a result.

Michigan catcher Joe Donovan had five RBI against The Citadel in two games, and also had standout defensive performances.

It was just one of many things that went right for the 17th-ranked Wolverines (6-0) as they swept the Bulldogs (2-4) this weekend, winning 2-0 on Friday, 9-1 on Saturday and 6-3 on Sunday. After this weekend, Michigan is one of seven teams in the top 25 that is still undefeated two weeks into the season.

Junior left-hander Tommy Henry struck out 13 batters and allowed only one hit against The Citadel on Friday.

Henry only threw 88 pitches in Friday’s 2-0 win over The Citadel, 61 of those strikes. He only faced the minimum of 27 batters, but struck out a career-high 13 batters. He couldn’t be touched, except for that one time.

Michigan baseball coach Erik Bakich has made an effort to promote the legacy of former Michigan baseball coach Branch Rickey.

“There are so many outstanding players of color often hidden in poor communities who just aren’t able to play on those expensive travel teams or make their rounds on the summer circuit,” Bakich said. “So when you can find those guys and target those guys and have kids from all backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses. … I think it’s a win not only for them and their families but also for our program and for everyone on our team, which is why we recruit the way we do.”

Michigan baseball coach Erik Bakich is excited about his team's potential after a promising 2018 season.

Erik Bakich sees a lot of benefits to practicing outside in the wintertime. Even in Michigan.

Outfielder Jordan Nwogu was one of the best hitters for the Michigan baseball team last season, batting .349.

“The storyline of this team, I think, is guys who have been patient in our program that have waited their turn, so to speak,” said Michigan coach Erik Bakich. “I don’t envision a whole lot of newcomers emerging on the scene like we had last year. Last year the situation presented itself. We led the nation in draft picks the year before, after the 2017 season. We had 11 guys drafted, seven of them were juniors, all seven juniors signed. So the opportunity was there for freshmen to earn starting jobs.”

Michigan coach Erik Bakich praised his starting pitcher's toughness in his debut.

Thanks to a strong debut from Ben Dragani, Michigan beat Bowling Green, 5-4.

Sophomore right-hander Karl Kauffman pitched six innings in Sunday's win over Army.

Michigan went 2-1 this weekend against Army.

Adcock was selected in the fourth round at pick No. 127 in the MLB draft.