Team breakdown courtesy of MGoBlue.com
The University of Michigan baseball team (33-23) begins postseason play with the 2015 Big Ten Tournament held May 20-24 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Wolverines earned the third seed in the tournament and open play Wednesday morning (May 20) against sixth-seed Indiana (32-20) at 9 a.m. CDT. That game will be streamed on BTN Plus. The Maize and Blue will then face either second-seeded Iowa (38-14) or seventh-seeded Ohio State (35-18) on Thursday at either 9 a.m. or 5 p.m. CDT. Michigan is coming off a 6-2 win over No. 13 Oklahoma State on Senior Day this past Saturday (May 16).
SCOUTING INDIANA -- The Hoosiers have won six games in a row, including a three-game sweep of Ohio State this past weekend (May 14-16). Logan Sowers had a grand slam, and Brad Hartong had two hits in the 6-4 win in the series finale. Scott Donley leads Indiana with a .333 batting average, and Craig Dedelow has six home runs. On the mound, Luke Harrison is 4-0 with a 1.23 earned-run average.
Michigan took 2-of-3 games from the Hoosiers April 4-5. The Wolverines won the series opener, 7-3, behind three hits from Carmen Benedetti and six strong innings on the mound from Jacob Cronenworth. Indiana won the second game of that Saturday doubleheader, 13-11, as Cronenworth and Kyle Jusick had three hits apiece, and Benedetti drove in three runs. Michigan scored seven runs in the eighth, but the rally came up short. Michigan won the finale, 4-3, as Travis Maezes and Benedetti had three hits apiece, and Brett Adcock struck out seven in six innings.
BIG TEN LEADERS -- The Wolverines lead the Big Ten hits (574), doubles (121) and on-base percentage (.392) and are second in batting average (.300) and runs scored (358) heading to the Big Ten Tournament. On the mound, U-M is seventh in ERA (3.83) and is second in strikeouts (453). Junior Jacob Cronenworth leads the Big Ten in hits (78) and runs scored (60) while being tied for fourth in walks (32). Sophomore Carmen Benedetti leads the league in doubles (23) and RBI (65) and is second in the conference in batting average (.364). He also is tied for third with 75 hits. Freshman Jake Bivens is second in the league with a .461 on-base percentage. Senior Jackson Glines is fourth in on-base percentage (.450) and tied for fifth in runs scored (49). On the mound, sophomore Brett Adcock is third in the league with 79 strikeouts.
U-M BIG TEN TOURNAMENT HISTORY -- U-M makes its 24th appearance in the Big Ten Tournament this week. Michigan has a 45-34 overall record in the tournament and has won the event eight times, the last time coming in 2008 in Ann Arbor. For U-M's complete Big Ten Tournament history, turn to pages 32-33 of the PDF notes.
BENEDETTI MOVES UP NCAA RANKINGS -- Sophomore Carmen Benedetti belted his 23rd double of the season in the 17-2 win over Eastern Michigan on May 12. That mark leads the Big Ten and is just eight away from the NCAA best (Nick Lynch of UC Davis has 31). He also is three 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 and is seventh in the NCAA with 65 RBI. He is 13 RBI behind the NCAA leader, David Thompson of Miami (Fla.).
SENIORS SHINE IN WIN OVER THE COWBOYS -- On Senior Day at the Wilpon Complex, the Michigan seniors combined for five hits and five RBI in a 6-2 win over No. 13 Oklahoma State on May 16. Jackson Glines had a two-run home run in the third inning of the win. That was his second home run of the series. Kendall Patrick had a big two-run double to add insurance in the eighth inning. Eric Jacobson laid down a bunt single that scored the final run in the eighth. Donnie Eaton pitched the fourth inning and struck out side, and Kevin White reached on an infield single and scored a run.
BENEDETTI NAMED A DICK HOWSER TROPHY SEMIFINALIST -- Carmen Benedetti has been named one of 35 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, given annually to the top player in collegiate baseball, it was announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. The finalists will be announced on Wednesday, June 10.