When the field bounced off junior catcher Jimmy Obertop, Vanderbilt from second basement Tate Colwick began a frantic rush home. He slipped safely and jumped to greet his ecstatic teammates.
The Michigan baseball team (8-8 overall) lost 5-4 against fourth-ranked Commodores (14-2) was a battle. Wolverines dug up a lot of traffic jams, but eventually Michigan was buried.
Raamahi’s fictitious headquarters has repeatedly found itself in difficult situations against Vanderbilt’s solid team. They did not survive intact, and although they managed to hold out and keep the team ahead in the ninth inning, they were unable to finish the job.
Michigan’s starting pitcher, senior left-hander Walker Cleveland, started rough from the first field. Vanderbilt-diverting man made his way to the first base, and the next move put the man in a goal position without exits.
But Cleveland did not panic. He knocked out the next bounce, then managed to get a double play to finish the inning without points. After two more ran aground in the second inning, the Commodores were finally able to wipe the blood against Cleveland with a home run in the third.
But that was all they could muster, and the game went into a fourth 1-0.
In the fourth, after second-year right-winger Ahmad Harajli loaded the basics, junior right-winger Noah Renard was brought home without a way out of the traffic jam.
He did it quickly and without damage.
“We needed soft contact to avoid such a traffic jam,” said Michigan coach Eric Bakic. “We just felt he was going to strike, and maybe he could get weak contact.”
The two countrymen returned to the mound, which Renard both quickly returned to his catcher for a home foresight, as well as the ground that second base graduate Alex Fege-Johnson moved the game to fifth, where Wolverine’s offense finally gave the answer.
Junior left field defender Tito Flores was the first home in Michigan. After his doubles in the leading singles match from senior shortstop Riley Bertram tied the score. Then junior right fielder Clark Elliot held the ball across the inside field and scored for Bertram, bringing the score to 2-1.
After a hopeless sixth inning both teams got something in the seventh. Wolverine managed to drive in two more runs, with a throw from junior outfielder Jake Marty and an RBI single from Fege-Johnson.
At the bottom of the half, Commodores staged a rally with two exits to get one run back, but right-handed sophomore Chase Allen came along and worked off another Vanderbilt threat.
The whole game of “Commodore” struggled to get into the rhythm, but they found that rhythm in the ninth.
With the men at the corners Kolvik hit the ball to the left, landing under Flores’ glove. An inaccurate throw to the plate allowed both bases to score, equalizing the game, and allowed Colwick to move to third place.
He did not stay there long.
On the next pass, the ball was passed, which allowed Colwick to run home and finish the game 5-4.
Vanderbilt’s crime was a wave that the Michigan defense managed to break.
But in the end the dam broke.