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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.