Michigan junior right-hander Cam Weston could only watch as the ball flew over his head into the center field. Seton Hall, third baseman Mark McNally took the RBI single to bring the Pirates ahead 1-0 with just one exit to start the game. Weston retained his composure, retreated to the mound, and quickly withdrew from the next two reflectors. The Wolverines never lagged behind the team until the end of the weekend.
The Michigan baseball team (5-2 overall) won three games in Miami, defeating Setan Hall (0-6) once, 8-2 and FIU (7-2) twice, 16-8 and 13-9.
Despite two quick exits to start at the bottom of the first, the Wolverines rallied to get ahead. Junior inflator Tito Flores directed him to the right center field and reached third base, killing two runners to regain control of the game.
It was a miracle that the Pirates were left without points for the next three innings. Weston allowed six men to reach the base and four to reach the goal position. Michigan’s defenses bent but never broke. Even with the bases loaded in the fourth, Weston remained calm and did not allow Setan Hall to sniff the plate.
Meanwhile, Wolverine bats continued to accumulate. Junior outfielder Clark Elliott made his third home run in the first five games. They also loaded the basics in the fourth inning. The difference was that all three actually scored to increase the lead to 6-1.
Junior infielder Ted Burton sank the last dagger of the game in the seventh with his two RBI doubles. Despite getting 13-8, Michigan maintained an 8-2 advantage until the final.
Unfortunately for the FIU, his first game against the Wolverines was a breakthrough from Joe Stewart. The top gear of the outfielder from Michigan dominated the Panther pitching headquarters with four strokes, four RBIs, and a home run to top it off.
However, it wasn’t just Stewart. In both games against the FIU, Michigan’s bats burned. His 29 runs in two games showed complete control of the plate.
Burton picked up right from where he stopped with the bases loaded in first. He smashed a double left center field and killed all three men on loaded bases. After he also scored, Wolverine took a 5-0 lead, but the game was far from over.
Panthers ’own transfer outfielder Alec Sanchez of Florida appeared in the second inning with a big double to bring his claws back to range. With a score of 5-3 just after two innings it was clear that it would not be a boring game.
For the next three innings it was like a boxing match where both guys could only throw the right hook. Releasing four runs in three innings will usually result in team death. That is, unless the said team scores nine points at the same time to put the game completely out of reach. Michigan may have gotten punched in the face, but they scored more.
The Wolverines went through the rest of the game, ending with a season high of 16 hits. In an ugly game with two wild innings and two errors, they still came out on top with a score of 16-8.
In the second Sunday’s game, both teams did not lose. After jumping to the lead with a score of 7-0 after three innings, it seemed to be another explosion.
Sophomore pitcher Logan Wood signed up to start the fourth inning. He gave up just one hit, but the three Panthers went all the way around the diamond due to three moves and a punch after step. After the third walk he was replaced by senior Walker Cleveland, who first immediately selected a man to limit the damage to three runs.
However, no Michigan pitcher was able to hold the FIU for long. Cleveland and fellow senior unloader Willie Weiss had rough late innings. Cleveland gave up four runs in the sixth before being replaced by Weiss. Although he did not give up the strikes, Weiss had several walks and wild fields with a general lack of control on the mound.
The Panthers fought until 10-9 to start ninth place. However, Wolverine Beats made sure it didn’t end the same way as last weekend’s Texas Tech game. Elliott scored the third inning half due to a singles game from infiltrator Matt Frey, who passes the hail. Michigan brought the game to 13-9 and never looked back.