Baseball

Junior first baseman Jake Bivens was hit by a pitch to begin the first inning, sparking a four-run outburst to start the game against Indiana.

The Wolverines stormed out of the gates Sunday with a four-run first inning. Coach Erik Bakich has emphasized a hard-nosed, gritty mentality, keying the Wolverines in such situations - when Michigan scores in the first inning, it is 18-1 this season.

Senior shortstop Michael Brdar paced the Wolverines' offense, going 3-4 with two runs batted in and two stolen bases.

Johnny Slater's home run to lead off the sixth inning triggered an offensive avalanche, as the Wolverines scored four more runs in the frame to pull away from the Hoosiers and win the final game of the series.

Senior catcher Harrison Wenson in a 14-4 Michigan win over Oklahoma at the Wilson Complex.

The Hoosiers jumped all over Michigan's pitching staff, taking the series with a 12-9 win.

Junior left-hander Oliver Jaskie's 10 strikeouts weren't enough, as No. 13 Michigan lost to Indiana, 1-0.

A home run on the second pitch of the game gave the Hoosiers a lead that they would never relinquish, and Michigan dropped the opening game of the series 1-0.

Junior left-hander Oliver Jaskie (36) leads Michigan's pitching staff with a 5-1 record and 65 strikeouts in 50 innings.

As the Wolverines roll into their weekend series against the Hoosiers, they hope that more fans begin to take notice.

Senior center fielder Johnny Slater has emerged as a key contributor in his final year in Ann Arbor.

Michigan baseball coach Erik Bakich believes that Johnny Slater’s best days are ahead of him.

Senior center fielder Johnny Slater had what Michigan coach Erik Bakich called the best game of his career.

Pulling away from Michigan State on the strength of consecutive four-run frames, Michigan defeated its in-state rival, 12-4.

Sophomore second baseman Ako Thomas hit 4-for-5 with three singles and a double against the Spartans.

His most impressive statistic is that he has reached base in every game this season. It didn’t take long for him to continue that streak against the Spartans.

Sophomore designated hitter Nick Poirier boasts a .324 average heading into the matchup with the Spartans.

Tuesday’s game figures to produce a high number of hits and runs, with both teams leading the Big Ten in batting average — the Wolverines are first with a .294 average and the Spartans come in a close second at .293.

Junior right-hander Alec Rennard put forth a dominant start Saturday to help Michigan sweep No. 18 Oklahoma.

Before this weekend, Michigan baseball coach Erik Bakich billed his team’s showdown against No. 18 Oklahoma as a “heavyweight fight”. The Wolverines showed they were more than prepared for this battle, sweeping the Sooners in commanding fashion while simultaneously notching their first ranked win of the season.

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