Baseball

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).

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.