Team breakdown courtesy of MGoBlue.com
The University of Michigan baseball team (29-20, 12-9 Big Ten) plays its final Big Ten regular-season games of 2015 this weekend at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The Wolverines host Northwestern (15-33, 5-13 Big Ten) with the series beginning Friday night (May 8) at 6 p.m. The series continues Saturday afternoon (May 9) at noon. That game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Mike Wolf and Scott Pose on the call. The series concludes on Sunday afternoon (May 10) at 1 p.m. That game can be heard on WLBY 1290 AM in Ann Arbor. Michigan is coming off a 6-5, 10-inning win over Central Michigan on May 6.
SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN -- The Wildcats (15-33, 5-13 Big Ten) fell in a pair of midweek games against Kansas, dropping the contests, 6-2 and 10-6, to the Jayhawks. Scott Heeland went 4-for-5 with two runs batted in in Wednesday's (May 6) contest. Kyle Ruchim leads the Wildcats with a .366 batting average and six home runs. On the mound, Jake Stolley has a 3.06 earned-run average in 26 relief appearances.
SERIES VS. NORTHWESTERN -- The Wolverines lead the all-time series with Northwestern, 115-35, heading into this weekend's action. Michigan won 2-of-3 games in Evanston last season, including an 18-6 win on May 3. Jackson Glines drove in four runs, and Jacob Cronenworth and Cole Martin had three hits apiece in that win.
BIG TEN LEADERS -- The Wolverines lead the Big Ten in batting average (.297), on-base percentage (.385), hits (497) and doubles (105) heading into Friday's game. On the mound, U-M is seventh in ERA (3.70) and is second in strikeouts (390). Sophomore Carmen Benedetti is tied for the Big Ten lead in batting average (.366) and leads in doubles (22) and RBI (55). Senior Jackson Glines is fourth in batting average (.362) and is second in the league in on-base percentage (.459). Junior Jacob Cronenworth is tied for second with Benedetti in hits (67) and tied for second in runs scored (49). On the mound, Brett Adcock is fourth in strikeouts (68).
BENEDETTI DOUBLES HIS FUN -- Sophomore Carmen Benedetti belted his 22nd double of the season in the 6-5, 10-inning win over Central Michigan on May 6. That mark leads the Big Ten and is just five away from the NCAA best (Nick Lynch of UC Davis has 27). He also is four doubles away from tying Michigan's single-season mark of 26, which was set by Bryan Besco in the 2007 season. Benedetti currently is tied for fifth place with Jason Christian on the single-season list. The sophomore also leads the Big Ten with 55 RBI and is tied for the conference lead with a .366 batting average.
SENIORS CELEBRATE GRADUATION WITH HOME RUNS -- Seniors Kendall Patrick and Jackson Glines both homered in the 11-5 win over Iowa on May 2, when both seniors walked for graduation. Patrick belted his fourth home run this season, going 3-for-3 on the day. Glines had his second home run of the year, a solo shot in the first.
OGDEN EARNS THE WIN IN RELIEF -- Senior/junior Matt Ogden picked up the win for the Maize and Blue in the 11-5 victory vs. Iowa on May 2. Ogden did not allow a hit in four innings of relief, striking out three Hawkeyes and walking one. Ogden moved to 4-1 on the season and earned his 15th career win.
UP NEXT -- Michigan continues its homestand Tuesday, May 12, against Eastern Michigan. First pitch is at 6 p.m.