Team breakdown courtesy of MGoBlue.com
The University of Michigan baseball team (7-5) will start Big Ten Conference play and end its 22-game road trip this weekend with a three-game set at Nebraska (14-6). The series gets underway on Friday night (March 20) at 6:35 p.m. CDT at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park in Lincoln. The series continues Saturday afternoon (March 21) at 2:05 p.m. CDT and closes out Sunday morning (March 22) at 11:05 a.m. CDT. All three games will have free live audio and live video for a fee on HuskerNSide. Michigan is coming off a 1-2 weekend at Kansas.
SCOUTING NEBRASKA -- The Cornhuskers swept Indiana State in a two-game midweek series. Taylor Fish was a perfect 3-for-3 in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Sycamores. Nebraska will start senior Chance Sinclair on Friday night. Sinclair has a 2-3 record with a 4.40 earned-run average in five starts. Lefty Kyle Kubat is 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA and will make the start on Saturday.
SERIES VS. NEBRASKA -- Nebraska leads the all-time series with the Wolverines, 8-7, heading into this weekend's action. The Cornhuskers won 2-of-3 games in Ann Arbor last season. The Wolverines won Sunday's matchup, 7-5, as Carmen Benedetti went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and Logan McAnallen struck out three in 5.1 innings of work. The two teams met in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament in Omaha, Nebraska, with the Cornhuskers coming out on top, 6-1. Jacob Cronenworth had two hits for the Maize and Blue in the loss.
GLINES RAKES IN SEASON'S FIRST MONTH -- Senior Jackson Glines has maintained impressive offensive numbers in the season's first five weeks. The Coarsegold, California, native leads the Big Ten and is fourth in the nation in batting average (.475) while leading the conference in on-base percentage (.569) and hits and is sixth in the conference in walks (11). This past weekend at Kansas, Glines went 5-for-11 with three runs scored and three walks. He was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on March 2 after going 8-for-13 (.615) at the plate in a four-game set against Siena. On the year, Glines has nine multi-hit games and started the season with a 12-game hitting streak.
BIG TEN BEGINNINGS -- Michigan opens Big Ten play this weekend at Nebraska. The Wolverines will play eight straight conference series before wrapping up the season with a three-game set against Oklahoma State. It is the second straight year Michigan has opened Big Ten play on the road, and it is U-M's second-ever series at Hawks Field (the Wolverines visited the park for a three-game series in 2013).
BIG TEN LEADERS -- The Wolverines lead the Big Ten in hits (197) and doubles (40) and are second in batting average (.302), on-base percentage (.384) and RBI (107). On the mound, U-M is sixth in ERA (3.32) and fourth in strikeouts (137). Michigan is eighth with a .970 fielding percentage. Senior Jackson Glines leads the league in batting average, on-base percentage and hits, while sophomore Carmen Benedetti has a Big Ten-best 21 RBI and seven doubles. Freshman Jake Bivens is tied for the Big Ten lead with six hit-by-pitches. Sophomore Brett Adcock has a conference-best 14 strikeouts looking.
BRUDER DELIVERS IN KANSAS SERIES -- Junior Cody Bruder was 7-for-13 (.538) in the three-game series at Kansas on March 13-15. This includes a three-hit performance in the 4-2 win on March 14. Bruder reached base via an error to start the three-run eighth in the comeback win. On the year, Bruder is second on the team with a .338 batting average.
PATRICK HAS POWER SURGE AT KANSAS -- Fifth-year senior Kendall Patrick belted two home runs in the series at Kansas (March 13-15), upping his Wolverine career total to five. He hit a solo home run to straightaway center field in the fourth inning of Friday's game. He then hit a solo shot to left field in the fourth inning of Sunday's contest. Patrick has seven RBI and a .413 slugging percentage this season.