» Michigan chased Maryland starter and Big Ten wins leader Ryan Ramsey in the fourth inning after taking a 10-4 lead, handing Ramsey his first loss after 10 wins.
» Matt Frey and Riley Bertram combined for seven hits and seven RBI.
» Willie Weiss threw 3.0 impressive innings of relief to earn the win.
OMAHA, Neb. — The University of Michigan baseball team put up multiple crooked innings Friday (May 27) , as the Wolverines took down Big Ten regular-season champion Maryland by a score of 15-8 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament at Charles Schwab Field.
The win keeps Michigan in an enviable winner’s bracket game heading into Saturday’s (May 28) schedule. The Wolverines will play at approximately 5 pm CT against the winner of an elimination game between No. 3 seed Iowa and No. 6 seed Penn State. That game will occur at 9 am CT with the winner needing to defeat Michigan twice to advance.
The story on Friday was Michigan’s relentless offense and the timely relief pitching of senior Willie Weiss, who quieted Maryland’s vaunted offense for three innings. The Wolverines scored four times in the third inning and five times in the fourth and seventh innings to open a tense game and win going away.
after starter Jacob Denner Sent Maryland down in order in the first inning, Michigan went to work as Clark Elliott walked, stole second, and came around on a check-swing double from Matt Freywho sat a soft liner inside the third base bag.
In the second inning, Maryland scored a run with two outs as Max Costes doubled and came around on a single up the middle from Bobby Zmarzlak. The Terps took the lead the next inning as Kevin Keister led off the third with a solo homer against reliever John Torroella.
Michigan responded at the bottom of the frame, taking a 5-2 lead, on a mixture of base running threats and timely hitting that was enabled by an error. Elliott walked again in the inning, stole second again, and went to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Frey delivered Elliott with another opposite-field single, and the inning then got extended on a throwing error that scored the go-ahead run. Riley Bertram then greeted a first-pitch fastball, lacing a two-run double to give UM a three-run lead.
Michigan chased Maryland’s Ryan Ramsey in the fourth inning as Frey laced another hit, a bases-loaded, two-run single, before Jimmy Overtop sent an RBI double to the wall in left field as Michigan took an 8-4 lead. Maryland was forced to the bullpen, but Michigan added two more runs, including an RBI double from Bertram, who joined Frey with three hits to that point.
Ramsey entered the game as the Big Ten’s wins leader at 10-0, and only one team had scored more than five runs against him. Michigan accomplished the feat twice.
Michigan’s pitching staff struggled to keep Maryland at bay as the Terps scored three times in the fifth, with UM eventually getting three consecutive outs out of the bullpen by Weiss, who came in and got a pair of strikeouts to settle things.
Weiss worked his way through the seventh inning, yielding only a solo homer run that was quickly answered by titus flowerswho lined a solo homer of his own to start the seventh inning and give UM an 11-8 lead. Jake Martin then plated Bertram (single) with a perfect suicide squeeze before Elliott launched a 420-foot home run through a stiff wind to right field. Joe Stewart then reached base on an infield single and scored after three wild pitches as Michigan suddenly took a 15-8 lead.
Weiss gave UM just what it needed, with 3.0 innings of two-hit, three-strikeout relief against Maryland’s potent offense to earn the win. cameron weston he threw the final two innings, striking out the side in the ninth, to seal the win.
Left-handed hitters Frey and Bertram led the way offensively, combining for seven hits and seven runs, with Frey driving home four runs and Bertram leading all hitters with four hits (two doubles).