Not only were Michigan’s back-to-back shutouts critical in
swinging the momentum of the series against Iowa in the
Wolverines’ favor, but they also helped Michigan coach Rich
Maloney to reach a milestone in his career.

Michigan Baseball
Michigan coach Rich Maloney earned the 300th victory of his nine-year coaching career on Saturday. He earned 266 wins with Ball State before coming to Michigan, where he is 44-39. (JASON COOPER/Daily)

Saturday’s second game marked his 300th win as a
collegiate coach.

As is the case with most Michigan coaches, Maloney said he was
fairly uninterested in this achievement. He was much more focused
on using the win to propel the Wolverines into a successful

“He didn’t show too much emotion,” junior
pitcher Phil Tognetti said. “I think he just wanted the win.
He was just like, ‘Let’s get the next one.’
He’s interested in (win No. 301).”

To Maloney, the most meaningful aspect of the record is the fact
that it indicates that he has been around the game for a while.

“I guess it means that I’ve coached a lot of
games,” Maloney said.

Maloney is now 300-182-1 in his nine seasons as a head coach,
and 44-39 in his two years at Michigan. Before coming to Ann Arbor,
Maloney coached Ball State to a pair of Mid-American Conference
championships, while earning two MAC Baseball Coach of the Year

Whatever the significance of the win, the rest of the Wolverines
are quite pleased with their coach’s accomplishment.

“I think deep down he knew he was about to get it,”
Tognetti said. “And I know that, as a team, we were excited
for him.”

That’s what you Getz: Sophomore second-baseman
Chris Getz had a standout weekend in Iowa. He didn’t win a
corn-eating contest or go cow tipping — he hit his first home
run since coming to Michigan.

Not only did Getz get his inaugural dinger, he also went
7-for-13 in the first three games of the series. He also drove in
two runs in each game of the doubleheader.

His bat was a bit cooler in the weekend’s final game, in
which he went 1-for-4.

Notes: The two-shutout doubleheader last weekend was
Michigan’s first on the road since April 17, 1988. Chris Lutz
and Jim Abbott overwhelmed Purdue the previous time … Junior
first baseman Kyle Bohm hoisted his batting average up to .400 over
the weekend, and currently leads the Wolverines in this category.
Coming into the weekend, he was third in hitting among Big Ten
players, behind Indiana’s Seth Bynumand Purdue’s Mitch

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