Baseball

Left-hander Benjamin Keizer has served as a tremendous off the field leader for the Michigan baseball team .

Baseball may be known as a traditional sport, but the methods employed by the No. 24 Michigan baseball team are far from conventional.

Yoga, meditation and mental exercises. You should buy a lottery ticket if you guessed that.

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After losing 11 players to the MLB draft, many freshmen and inexperienced players were thrown into important roles. After a 4-11 start last season, the Wolverines followed by going on a 20-game win-streak. After accomplishing such a great achievement, Michigan subsequently crashed — a disappointing Big Ten Tournament and a poor finish for the regular season resulted in the Wolverines getting left out of the College World Series.

This season couldn’t be more different.

The Michigan baseball team will soon begin conference play and will face off against opponents including Minnesota, last year's Big Ten Tournament champion.

With improved offensive strength and an ideal combination of youth and experience, expectations are high. And as of now No. 23 Michigan is the only ranked team in the conference. The Daily takes a look at the other teams in the Big Ten and those who could potentially pose a threat to the Wolverines.

The Michigan baseball team has put together many pieces so far this season, including pitching, defense and team chemistry, but still misses an offensive spark.

“I do like this group,” Bakich said. “I think this group has a lot of potential. On paper, at least, the pieces are there to have a special, magical type of season.”

Now, the No. 23 Michigan baseball team is validating that feeling. It has quality pitching and elite defense. A cohesive team chemistry and the drive to prove itself. It’s only missing one thing — a consistent offense.

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The Kerrs are a Michigan family.

There’s Jimmy, who’s now a senior in the College of Engineering. Derek met his wife, Carolyn — Jimmy’s mom — when they were graduate students at the Ross School of Business in the early nineties. John also met his wife, Sharon, here when they were students.

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.

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For a team that’s strength through the early season was its pitching and defense, Michigan showed its offensive prowess in this past weekend’s series over Manhattan. Its 48 runs offered quite an introduction.

Isaiah Page pitched five innings of shutout ball to lead the Wolverines.

The No. 23 Michigan baseball team defeated Manhattan (4-13), 4-0, on Sunday behind a dominant showing from its pitching staff and a strong performance from its offense.

Senior infielder Blake Nelson hit two doubles over the weekend to lead the Wolverines to victory.

After a long night’s rest in the middle of the game, the Michigan baseball team had to close out the last three innings of its Saturday matchup against Manhattan on Sunday.