The Michigan baseball team hadn’t lost a series to Iowa since 2005.
But that all changed Friday night when the Wolverines were bested in both games of a double-header at Ray Fisher Stadium.
Michigan fell victim 5-2 in the first matchup, and 5-3 in the second contest — even after changing their white jerseys to maize ones.
The Wolverines kicked the first game off in a negative way, after allowing two Iowa tallies in the first inning. Senior pitcher Alan Oaks pitched five innings and gave up five hits and all five runs. Redshirt junior pitcher Matt Gerbe came to the mound for the last four stanzas and gave up no runs, but it was the Wolverine bats that couldn’t produce.
The second game looked like it had potential for Michigan after it led the contest 2-0 after four innings. But then an epic fifth inning pushed the Hawkeyes past the Wolverines. Iowa scored four runs in the top of the fifth alone and went ahead 5-2.
Junior outfielder Ryan LaMarre was one of the bright signs for Michigan. He cranked a single, double, and triple in the second game but wound up walking back to the dugout and not to home plate in two of those three hits.