Team breakdown courtesy of MGoBlue.com
The University of Michigan baseball team (21-14) has a pair of games in the state of Michigan during the midweek. The Wolverines face in-state rival Michigan State (18-15) in the "Clash at Comerica" Tuesday night (April 14) at 6:35 p.m. at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. This will be a non-conference game between the two teams. Michigan then returns home to face Eastern Michigan (13-22) for the second time in eight days. The Wolverines and Eagles play Wednesday afternoon (April 15) at 4 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. U-M is coming off taking 2-of-3 games at Penn State this past weekend (April 10-12).
U-M Completes Sweep of Spartans with Victory in East Lansing
Michigan completed its first three-game Big Ten sweep since 2008 as Zach Zott's first career home run, and a solid outing from three Wolverine pitchers, gave the Wolverines a 6-2 win over Michigan State.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE -- The Spartans (18-15) are coming off taking 2-of-3 games from Northwestern this past weekend. Ryan Krill went 5-for-6 with six runs batted in in a 14-3 win on Sunday. Anthony Cheky leads MSU with a .327 batting average, and Krill and Blaise Slater both have four home runs and 28 RBI. On the mound, the Spartans will start lefty Alex Troop, who is 2-2 with a 4.85 earned-run average.
SCOUTING EASTERN MICHIGAN -- The Eagles (13-22) were swept at Central Michigan this past weekend. Mike Mioduszewski was a perfect 3-for-3 in a 3-1 Sunday loss to the Chippewas. Adam Dennison leads EMU with a .314 batting average, while Mitchell McGeein has nine home runs. On the mound, Matthew Beaton is 1-1 with a 1.86 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched.
SERIES VS. MICHIGAN STATE -- Michigan enjoys a 194-101-2 series lead on Michigan State heading into Tuesday's matchup. The Wolverines swept a three-game series from the Spartans in 2013, winning 6-3 and 6-2 in East Lansing and 5-1 in Ann Arbor. Cole Martin had three hit,s and Zach Zott belted a two-run home run in the series finale.
SERIES VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN -- Michigan holds a 115-62-2 series advantage on Eastern Michigan heading into Wednesday's game. The Wolverines snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Eagles on April 7, 2015, in an emphatic 18-4 win. Johnny Slater homered twice and drove in six, while Cody Bruder was 5-for-6 with five RBI in the win.
BIG TEN LEADERS -- The Wolverines lead the Big Ten in batting average (.299) and are second in on-base percentage (.383) and doubles (74). On the mound, U-M is seventh in ERA (3.67) and is fourth in strikeouts (264). Senior Jackson Glines leads the league in batting average (.377) and is second in on-base percentage (.483) while sophomore Carmen Benedetti leads the Big Ten with 37 RBI. Junior Jacob Cronenworth is second with 36 runs scored. Classmate Cody Bruder is tied for third in hits with 46 and is fifth with 30 RBI. Sophomore Brett Adcock is tied for ninth with 43 strikeouts.
U-M BRINGS OUT THE BATS IN LAST 10 GAMES -- Michigan has an 8-2 record in its last 10 games, including three wins over 2014 NCAA Regional teams Maryland and Indiana. The Wolverines have a .307 team batting average and a .462 slugging percentage in that span, including 33 extra-base hits. Sophomore Carmen Benedetti is hitting .410 in that time with four doubles, a triple and two home runs, while junior Travis Maezes has five doubles and nine RBI in his last eight games.
MAEZES RETURNS FROM INJURY WITH A VENGEANCE -- Junior Travis Maezes is hitting .387 (12-for-31) with seven runs scored, five doubles and nine RBI since returning from injury on April 1. He was 3-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored in Michigan's 8-3 win over Penn State on April 12. On the year, Maezes is hitting .338 with seven doubles and 19 RBI in 22 games played.
CHECK OFF ANOTHER MLB PARK FOR THE MAIZE AND BLUE -- Michigan is making its first-ever appearance at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, when U-M faces Michigan State on Tuesday. This will be the fourth Major League park the Wolverines have played in since the 2013 season. U-M faced Northwestern at Wrigley Field on April 20, 2013. Later in the year, Michigan played Seton Hall on May 14 at Citi Field. The Wolverines were then at Target Field in Minneapolis for the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines also opened Petco Park in San Diego, facing San Diego State on March 10, 2007.