This year’s baseball Wolverines have been a pleasant surprise for Michigan fans, as they have gotten off to a very good start and look poised to improve upon last season’s 30-27 finish. Thanks to a plethora of young talent stepping up at the plate, Michigan has been able to improve their team batting average to a gaudy .306. They sport a very impressive eight batters hitting over .300 on the season despite losing their top four hitters from 2003.
The Michigan pitching staff has also shown slight improvement from last year. They’ve lowered the team earned run average (ERA) from 4.92 down to 4.88. Michael Penn and his 3-2 record entering the weekend have paced the Wolverines this season and he leads the team with 8 starts this season.
Ohio State came into the weekend series sitting alone in first place for a very good reason. Going into last weekend with a 5-3 record, the Buckeyes took 3 of 4 from the then first place Michigan State Spartans to assume their place atop the conference. Balance has been Ohio State’s best attribute, as they came into the series with a .304 team batting average and a 4.69 team earned run average. The Bucks are led offensively by Jedidiah Stephen (.354 Batting Average, 6 Home Runs) and Steve Caravati (.349 Batting Average, 6 Home Runs).
Game 1 of the four game series took place last night and the Maize and Blue was victorious. The 6-1 win moved the Wolverines (20-14, 8-5 Big Ten) into a first place tie with the Bucks (18-15, 8-5). (For a recap of the game, click here). Saturday’s double-header starts at 4:05 PM and I’ll be there to take in the action. The final game of the series will be played Sunday afternoon at 1:05 PM. Last season Michigan became the first Big 10 team to win a series against Ohio State in Bill Davis Stadium since it opened in 1997.
Those interested in listening to this weekend's games, MGoBlue.com has a live audio feed for all to enjoy!