Team breakdown courtesy of MGoBlue.com
The University of Michigan baseball team (16-12, 2-4 Big Ten) heads back on the road, visiting Bloomington, Indiana, for a three-game Big Ten series at Indiana. The set starts Friday night (April 3), weather permitting, at 6:05 p.m. at Bart Kaufman Field. The series continues Saturday afternoon (April 4) at 2:05 p.m. and concludes Sunday afternoon (April 5) at 1:05 p.m. All three games will be streamed on BTN Plus. Michigan is coming off midweek wins over Toledo (7-3) and Central Michigan (5-3).
SCOUTING INDIANA -- The Hoosiers (17-8, 1-4 Big Ten) are coming off an 11-7 win at Kentucky on Tuesday night (March 31). Casey Rodrigue and Logan Sowers had three hits apiece and Luke Harrison pitched 2.2 shutout innings of relief to earn his third win. Craig Dedelow leads Indiana with a .330 batting average while Rodrigue has a team-best 21 RBI. On the mound, Caleb Baragar has allowed just two earned runs in 22.2 innings of work.
SERIES VS. INDIANA -- Michigan holds a 128-68 series advantage on Indiana heading into this weekend's action. This will be the third year in a row that the Wolverines will travel to Bloomington. Last season, Indiana took 2-of-3 games from the Maize and Blue on March 21-23, with Michigan winning Sunday's contest, 4-3. Travis Maezes drove in three runs with a double in the fourth inning of Sunday's win. The two teams then played in the Big Ten Tournament with Indiana winning, 5-0, on May 22 in Omaha, Nebraska.
BIG TEN LEADERS -- The Wolverines lead the Big Ten in batting average (.292) and are second in RBI (148), on-base percentage (.378) and doubles (55). On the mound, U-M is sixth in ERA (3.55) and tied for third in strikeouts (207). Michigan is seventh with a .969 fielding percentage. Senior Jackson Glines leads the league in batting average (.402) and on-base percentage (.513) and tied for third in hits (37) while sophomore Carmen Benedetti leads the Big Ten with 28 RBI. Freshman Jake Bivens is tied for second with eight hit-by-pitches. Junior Jacob Cronenworth is second in the league in runs scored (31) and tied for third in walks (19).
BIVENS HEATING UP AT THE PLATE -- Freshman Jake Bivens is hitting .378 (14-of-37) with seven runs scored, a pair of doubles, a pair of RBI and four walks in his last 10 games for the Maize and Blue. This includes a 3-for-4 performance in a 7-3 win over Toledo on March 31. Bivens is hitting .302 on the season with four doubles and 17 runs scored.
CRONENWORTH GETS THE START, DRIVES IN RUNS ON SATURDAY -- Junior Jacob Cronenworth made his first career start on the mound this past Saturday (March 28) against Maryland. He set career highs in innings pitched (5.0) and strikeouts (9) in taking the tough-luck loss. Cronenworth threw 64 pitches, 43 for strikes, and allowed just three hits and two runs with a walk. Cronenworth then came back in the nightcap of the double dip and drove in five runs in the 10-1 win. His two-run home run in the third put the Wolverines on top to stay and his three-run triple in the fifth broke open the game. Cronenworth is hitting .313 this season with 31 runs scored, which currently is second in the Big Ten.