Michigan to Host Muskateers, Raiders Midweek, Travel to Maryland This Weekend

5/9/2022 10:05:00 AM

// Kurt Svoboda

» Michigan will host Xavier on Tuesday (May 10) and Wright State on Wednesday (May 11) for a pair of midweek non-conference games.
» The Wolverines will then travel to Maryland over the weekend (May 13-15) for U-M’s final road games of the 2022 regular season.
» Michigan is tied with Penn State for fifth place in the Big Ten Conference with a 10-8 league record.

This Week
Tuesday, May 10 — Xavier (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.
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Wednesday, May 11 — Wright State (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.
TV: B1G+ | Tickets | Live Stats | Live Video | Dollar Day
Friday, May 13 — at Maryland (College Park, Md.), 6:30 p.m.
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Saturday, May 14 — at Maryland (College Park, Md.), 2 p.m.
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Sunday, May 15 — at Maryland (College Park, Md.), 1 p.m.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan baseball team (24-20, 10-8 B1G) will wrap up a five-game home stand at Ray Fisher Stadium with a pair of midweek games against Xavier (May 10) and Wright State (May 11) before taking to the road for a three-game Big Ten series at the University of Maryland (May 13-15).

Tuesday’s home game against Xavier will feature Baseball Bingo for chances to win great Michigan Baseball prizes. Wednesday’s game against Wright State will serve as Dollar Day at the Stadium. Dollar discounts will include $1 general admission tickets as well as $1 hot dogs, fountain drinks, chips and bottled water.

Michigan currently sits in a tie with Penn State for fifth place in the Big Ten Conference. The Wolverines’ final two Big Ten series will pit U-M against the top two teams in the league: Maryland (12-5, second place) and Rutgers (16-4, first place).

The Week That Was

• Michigan dropped two out of three games to Indiana last weekend (May 6-8), winning the opener with a trio of late-game home runs before losing late leads on both Saturday and Sunday in an otherwise well-played series.

• On Friday (May 6), Jimmy Obertop clubbed an opposite-field two-run homer to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 Michigan lead in the seventh inning. Dylan Stanton followed with a solo shot to left-center, and Clark Elliott drove a two-run homer high over the scoreboard in right field as U-M ultimately doubled up Maryland, 8-4, in the opener.

• Michigan couldn’t keep momentum over the weekend as it surrendered late leads in the second and third games of the series. U-M held a 5-3 lead through six innings on Saturday (May 7) before allowing a three-run seventh and ninth and dropping the game, 9-5. Similarly, the Wolverines couldn’t hold an 8-7 lead in the eighth inning on Sunday (May 8) in a 10-8 setback.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS

XAVIER
• The Muskateers, who already defeated U-M earlier this season in a midweek contest in March, enter play this week with a 25-23 overall record after sweeping Butler last weekend. The team has won four straight games and boasts four players with home runs in double figures, led by Luke Franzoni’s (.353 avg.) 20.

WRIGHT STATE
• Wright State also enters midweek play fresh off a weekend weep following three games against Youngstown State. The team sits at 23-21 overall and is on a six-game winning streak. Alec Sayre leads the offense with a .343 batting average, while Gehrig Anglin (.278 avg.) leads with 12 homers.

MARYLAND
• Maryland is currently 37-10 and has been ranked among the top-25 for much of the season. The Terrapins still have one game to play in their series against Big Ten-leading Rutgers on Monday (May 9). The teams split the first two games of a doubleheader on Sunday (May 8) with lopsided outcomes. Michigan defeated Maryland earlier in the season in a non-conference game played at East Carolina as U-M’s Joey Velazquez belted a pinch-hit three-run homer late in a well-played affair.

• The Terps’ potent offense is led by Troy Schreffler (.353 avg., 8-10 SB), Luke Shliger (.344 avg., 12-18 SB), Nick Lorusso (.335 avg., 9 HR), Chris Alleyne (.333 avg., 16 HR, 18-21 SB) and Kevin Keister (.318 avg.) while perennial all-conference talents Matt Shaw (.278 avg., 12 HR) and Maxwell Costes (.269 avg., 13 HR) remain ever dangerous on a team batting .301 combined.

• The pitching staff is also near the top of conference statistical leaders with Ryan Ramsey (9-0, 2.47 ERA) coming off a perfect game three weeks ago. Jason Savacool (7-2, 2.59 ERA) and ace Nick Dean (3-2, 4.12 ERA) also boast terrific command of their pitches.





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