It’s too early.
This is a message sent to the team and media by Michigan baseball coach Eric Bakic this season. It was also his response to concerns about Wolverine’s throwaway staff.
“I think that’s why it’s called the beginning of the year,” Bakic said. “We don’t have to be in shape in the middle of the season.”
Although the Michigan series against the Atlantic University of Florida were races, the relief serve made the games close.
On Tuesday, “Raamahi” lost 9-8 in the final inning and won on Wednesday with a score of 20-13. At first glance, it seems that Michigan lost a tight game and won the gap. But if you look further, in both games, “Raamahi” held a significant lead.
Michigan led 5-0 on Tuesday before problems arose. Not big hits brought “Owls” back into the game. It was a combination of walks, wild turns, mistakes and single throws that counted five races for the FAU to tie it in the sixth inning.
In the ninth inning Michigan led once. No one wanted to think it was similar to Texas Tech when Wolverine gave up two runs in the ninth inning to lose the winning game, but it was. With loaded bases the owls tied a move and a single exit to win the game.
“Many jugs are new,” Bakic said. “Cam Weston returns to his role Jacob Denner returns to his role. Willie Weiss returns at the back. But everyone else is new. So we knew we were going to have problems with growth. ”
Despite Bakic’s enthusiasm for a quick turn, Michigan was again in the shootout on Wednesday.
Counting on 14-7, by the end of the eighth inning, the Wolverines found themselves in a much more comfortable position than the night before. Six exits and the game is over. With three moves, three hits and a step-by-step FAU found itself within one run in the ninth inning.
“We just have to do (better) work to focus on not walking people, but instead attack most of the strike zone and let our defenses work,” Bakic said. “Nobody is trying to walk people. No one is trying to give free passes. It’s not about the lack of anything physical. It’s just getting representatives. The more, the better. ”
Last week, “Raamahi” played a series of five games. They went through a lot of pitchers, three of whom hadn’t even played a collegiate game before. Not surprisingly, there were hiccups and mistakes along the way.
“When I say they are new, I mean they are new,” Bakic said. “Three guys who never performed in college until last night. With some of the injuries we have, pitchers who aren’t working right now, such as Jack White, Keaton Caratini and John Taroella, the three older guys in college, we’re not really prepared for a five-game week.
Luckily for Michigan, he won’t be playing a week out of five games until May. At the moment he has pieces that can be tied over the weekend from three games to get the job done – or at least do a better job than last weekend.
“(Hereinafter) about 12 strikers will have 90% of the bits, and about 10 jugs will have 90% of innings,” – said Bakic. “It usually happens every year. If we get into the weekend of the three games, you’ll see a lot more Chase Allen, a lot more Noah Renard and obviously Willie Weiss and Logan Wood; two guys who don’t have good results now, but have a lot of good things.
“It will be good.”