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Michigan Baseball

Wolverines win one for Ballantine

Patrick Barron/Daily

BY ALEX TAYLOR

After senior pitcher Ben Ballantine went down with a gruesome injury in the third inning, Michigan coach Erik Bakich gathered the team around him and offered up three simple words: “Win it for Ben.” The Wolverines did, dispatching Bowling Green, 2-0, Tuesday afternoon.

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Baseball offensive outburst sandwiched between offensive struggles

Paul Sherman/Daily

BY MAX COHEN

Despite an offensive outburst in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader that led to an 11-3 victory over the Golden Gophers (2-1 Big Ten, 17-12 overall), the Wolverines received little offensive output in the other two games of the series, losing 3-1 on Friday and 2-1 in the second game Saturday.

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Michigan baseball opens Big Ten play against Minnesota

Marissa McClain/Daily

BY JEREMY SUMMITT

The Wolverines (10-12) open the Big Ten schedule against Minnesota (15-11) this weekend in Ann Arbor, and it looks to be a tale of two teams headed in opposite directions.

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2013 Baseball Preview

Promise to dying coach fuels Bakich

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BY MAX COHEN

In July 2006, Lynn LeClair put Erik Bakich on speakerphone as her husband Keith fought the final days of his five-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a debilitating condition which leads to the progressive degeneration of one’s motor neurons, leading to immobilization generally followed by death.

THE REST OF THE 2013 BASEBALL PREVIEW:

POSITION BY POSITION PREVIEW: Michigan's starting lineup
BIG TEN PREVIEW: Can the Conference break the streak?
WEEKEND ADVANCE: Michigan takes on Minnesota

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Baseball Preview 2013

Big Ten Preview: Can the Big Ten break the streak?

BY SHANNON LYNCH

It’s an understatement to say that Big Ten baseball has been a huge disappointment recently. One team from the conference has earned the automatic bid as the Big Ten Tournament champion in the past three years, which is pitiful in comparison to baseball powerhouse conferences like the ACC, which has earned 20 at-large bids to the tournament since 2010. The Big Ten hasn’t earned more than one bid since 2009.

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Position by Position Baseball Preview

Marissa McClain/Daily

BY ALEX TAYLOR

For a Michigan baseball team with freshmen positioned at important infield spots, the key will be how fast they develop and how they complement the experienced players sprinkled throughout the lineup.

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Michigan baseball falls in home opener

Marissa McClain/Daily

BY ALEX TAYLOR

Michigan’s baseball team seemed to take a trip to the past Wednesday. The Wolverines displayed old-school techniques: using steals, bunts and situational hitting to score runs. But so did Western Michigan. Despite being accustomed to this style of play, Michigan (10-12) fell to the Broncos, 7-3, in the Wolverines’ home opener at Ray Fisher Stadium.

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Michigan home opener set for Wednesday

Patrick Barron/Daily

BY ALEX TAYLOR

On Wednesday, the Wolverines (10-11 overall) will finally play hosts, this time to Western Michigan (7-16) at Ray Fisher Stadium in their first home game.

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Baseball

On baseball: Numerous factors cause problems for Michigan

BY SHANNON LYNCH

O’Neill might have seen better days, but recently, the Michigan baseball team hasn’t. They’re currently 10-11 in non-conference play and lost this weekend’s series to Western Illinois (6-14), a team that boasts only one significant win all season.

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Offense provides little spark as Michigan loses series to Western Illinois

Paul Sherman/Daily

BY MAX COHEN

“That will never be an excuse for us,” Bakich said. “It doesn’t matter where (we play), we’ll play in the parking lot.”

ON BASEBALL: Michigan's problems aren't singular

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