Baseball

Sophomore infielder Jack Blomgren scored on a Northwestern throwing error on Saturday.

The Wolverines put runners on base with walks and hit-by-pitches, advanced those runners on wild pitches and stolen bases and kept them alive on fielders’ choices and errors. In a weekend series that was closer than anticipated at times, much of the Wolverines’ success came when they were able to capitalize on their opponents’ mistakes.

Junior right-hander Karl Kauffmann gave up one run in seven innings and picked up the win.

The Wolverines were holding onto a 3-1 lead that had just been cut into by an RBI single by infielder Shawn Goosenberg. With two outs catcher Michael Trautwein ripped a grounder which passed a diving senior infielder Jimmy Kerr, but senior infielder Ako Thomas had him covered. Thomas’ dive was successful as he fielded the ball and tossed it to first for the out. Thomas effectively ended Northwestern’s comeback bid as the Michigan baseball team (26-11 overall, 6-3 Big Ten) won 4-1 over the Wildcats (16-18, 5-5) on Saturday afternoon.

Jimmy Kerry notched a two-run home run in the Wolverines' 10-5 win.

Despite some early fielding difficulties which created an early deficit, the Michigan baseball team pulled itself together in the second half of the game Wednesday evening to best the Bowling Green State Falcons, 10-5.

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Few anticipated what followed. Michigan dropped the first two games of the series, 10-5 and 10-4, with shaky performances from usually-dominant Nos. 1 and 2 starters, junior left-hander Tommy Henry and junior right-hander Karl Kauffman. The Wolverines avoided a sweep in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, beating the Buckeyes, 6-2.

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.