Wolverines assigned to Louisville Regional, will open the tournament against Oregon

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Wolverines assigned to Louisville Regional, will open the tournament against Oregon

30/05/2022 12:20:00

// Kurt Svoboda

Michigan is the third seed in the Louisville, Ky. NCAA Regional Tournament.
UM earned their way into the tournament with an automatic bid after winning four games in as many days to capture the Big Ten Tournament championship with wins over the top four seeds.
Friday’s game will be the first meeting between Oregon and Michigan in history.

THIS WEEK

Friday, June 3 – vs. Oregon (Louisville, Kentucky), 7 p.m.
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Saturday June 4 — vs. Louisville or Southeast Missouri State (Louisville, Kentucky), TBD
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Sun-Mon, June 5-6 — at NCAA Regional (Louisville, Kentucky), to be determined
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ANN ARBOUR, Mich. – After a thrilling Big Ten Tournament championship run that saw the Wolverines defeat each of the top four seeded teams, the University of Michigan baseball team was awarded an automatic spot in the 2022 NCAA Division I Championship on Monday May 30 when the 64-field NCAA team was announced.

• The Wolverines have been assigned to the Louisville, Kentucky Regional, which will be hosted by the University of Louisville and will be played from Friday to Monday (June 3-6). The No. 3 seeded Wolverines will face No. 2 seeded Oregon in the opener on Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m.

• Wolverines make fifth NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Erik Bakitch and 26th overall. Under Bakich, Michigan has appeared in the 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and now 2022 tournaments. a remarkable 50-win campaign.

• Michigan also qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2015 by winning the Big Ten Tournament, which serves as an automatic qualifier.

• Michigan owns an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 70-53 (.576), including a 52-36 mark during regional play. The Wolverines have qualified for the College World Series eight times, most recently in 2019, and won national titles in 1953 and 1962.

• The Wolverines have had their ups and downs in the regular season, going 28-25 overall and 12-12 in Big Ten games. The Wolverines warmed up late in the regular season and, in the Big Ten tournament, defeated, in order, fourth-seeded Illinois, seeded Maryland, third-seeded Iowa series, and second-seeded Rutgers to win the school’s 10th tournament championship. and first since 2015. Before the season, the Wolverines were picked by league coaches to finish second in the Big Ten this year.

• The NCAA opener will mark the Wolverines’ 12th neutral site contest this season. Michigan is 7-4 when playing at neutral venues so far this year.

• Friday’s game will be the first meeting between Oregon and Michigan in history. Michigan has also never faced southeast Missouri State, which will face Louisville in the first round. UM and Louisville faced off earlier this season on the Cardinals’ home field, playing out a three-game series that featured freezing cold and snow. Michigan is 1-6 against Louisville all-time.

• Michigan’s offense was electric throughout the tournament, beating a .331 aggregation with a staggering .440 save percentage against the league’s top teams. Michigan hit seven home runs in high winds at Charles Schwab Field, and added 16 doubles and a triple while terrorizing the opposition on base runs with a perfect 9-for-9 mark in steal attempts.

Matt Frey led all players with a .471 batting average in the tournament while Joe Stewart sported a .350 mark. Tournament MVP Clark Elliot hit .316 with two home runs, eight RBIs and four stolen bases. Seeker jimmy obertop had all three tournament-best home runs, including a three-run bomb in the eighth inning of the championship win over Rutgers.

• Michigan received timely relief pitches throughout the tournament, including the all-tournament right-hander Cameron Weston who made three appearances, striking out 11 in 7.0 innings with two stoppages. left-handed student Jacob Denner took center stage on Sunday as he threw 4.1 clutch relief innings against Rutgers, striking out a career-high seven batters.

• Named to All-Tournament Team, Elliott, Frey, Obertop, Weston, Riley Bertram at shortstop (.429, 4 RBI) and Tito Flores to the designated hitter (5 RBI).

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