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Corvallis Regional Preview: Michigan Wolverines

A balanced team out of the Big Ten heads West to start the postseason.

Michigan Wolverines v Ohio State Buckeyes Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Michigan Wolverines


The Skinny

Believe it or not, the school that won 41 games and once-upon-a-time produced Derek Jeter just barely cracked their way into the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines make their return to the postseason, however, for the third time in the last four years. Their position as one of the last four teams into the Tournament can partially be contributed to the overall strength of the Big Ten. The league also has Ohio State, Nebraska, Indiana, and Illinois in the field of 64.

In terms of individual talents, the main name to be aware of is junior outfielder Jordan Brewer. Brewer took home the 2019 Big Ten Player of the Year Award and first team all-league honors after scoring 51 runs off of 69 hits this year with 12 homers and 52 RBIs. Brewer also has a .973 fielding percentage on the year.

If there’s one word I would use to describe this Michigan team, it would be balanced. The Wolverines led the Big Ten in team batting average and runs as well as in team ERA in the regular season. Senior and All-Big Ten selection Jeff Criswell was a big part of why with a 2.76 ERA and 87 strikeouts. Look for Criswell to start the Wolverines’ second game of the weekend.

While the Wolverines are a low seed, they’re arguably the most complete team visiting Corvallis this weekend. I would not personally be surprised to see Michigan make a serious bid to win this regional.


Number to Know: 36

Heading into Friday’s game against Creighton, the Wolverines have scored 36 runs in the last four games.

History Against Oregon State:

The Beavers and Wolverines have met four times in the past with the Beavers winning all four. Last time the two played, the Beavs won both games in the 2007 Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament.

Schedule:

The Wolverines will face Creighton in the second game of the game of the day on Friday at 1 PM PT. If they win, they’ll face the winner of Oregon State and Cincinnati on Saturday. If they lose, they’ll face the loser between Oregon State and Cincinnati on Saturday.