Red-hot Michigan Learns From AdversityWeekend Spotlight
It’s a big weekend in the Big Ten, as all six teams we currently have projected to make regionals out of the conference are facing off against each other. I’ll be on hand in Bloomington for Illinois-Indiana and Columbus for Minnesota-Ohio State, and Kendall Rogers wrote last week about Iowa, which is hosting first-place Michigan this weekend. So today, let’s focus on the Wolverines, one of the nation’s hottest teams, with a 20-game winning streak heading into this weekend.
The last time I saw Michigan, back in Week Two in San Diego, they were finishing up an 0-4 weekend at the Tony Gwynn Memorial Classic with a 4-3 loss at San Diego State. It was obvious the Wolverines had talent, but after dropping to 2-5 that day, it looked like they might have a long, trying season ahead of them with a young roster that had to learn on the fly.
But that wasn’t rock bottom. Michigan lost its next two series at Stanford and Lipscomb, then was humiliated in its March 14 home opener against NAIA Lawrence Tech, which beat the Wolverines 8-3 to drop them to 4-11 on the season.
That turned out to be the turning point for the season. The Wolverines haven’t lost since. Now they’re 24-11 overall, and 11-0 in the Big Ten.
“I think first off it was maybe the most embarrassing loss in the history of the program,” Michigan coach Erik Bakich said.