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An in-depth preview of the 2015 squad, which is led by third-year coach Erik Bakich. The season kicks off Friday, Feb. 13, at Long Beach State.
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Evan Hill and Erik Bakich are interviewed in this episode of Inside Michigan Baseball as U-M hosts Iowa this weekend in the regular-season finale series (May 2, 2013).
Junior (2015) ... Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American (first team utility) ... NCBWA Preseason All-American (first team utility) ... Perfect Game Preseason All-America (second team utility) ... Baseball America Preseason All-American (second team utility) ... Named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List ... Named to the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Watch List ... Was named the 11th best prospect in the Big Ten for the 2015 draft by D1Baseball.com ... Was named the sixth-best prospect in the Big Ten for the 2015 draft by Perfect Game ... Had a two-run single in the top of the 10th inning in Michigan's 5-3 win over Long Beach State (Feb. 15) ... Scored two runs and swiped a base vs. Tennessee Tech (Feb. 20) ... Drew three walks against Davidson (Feb. 21) ... Struck out three over two shutout innings of relief vs. Tennessee Tech (Feb. 20) ... Scored five runs on the weekend in Savannah, Ga. (Feb. 20-22), including at least one run in each game ... Hit 2-for-4 with two runs scored vs. Siena (Feb. 27) ... Hit 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs vs. Siena (March 1) ... Notched the save after two innings in relief vs. Siena (March 1) ... Went 2-for-3 in second game against Siena (March 1) ... Struck out two in scoreless inning for second save at Stetson (March 3) ... Hit a three-run HR vs. UMBC (March 6) ... Batted 4-for-5 with four runs scored vs. Toledo (March 7) ... Hit 2-for-3 with four runs scored at Coastal Carolina (March 7) ...Batted .385 (5-for-13) with three runs scored during the Kansas series (March 13-15) ... Picked up the save after two scoreless innings of relief at Kansas (March 14) ... Struck out one in 1.2 scoreless innings at Nebraska (March 22) ... Hit 2-for-4 and scored twice vs. Bowling Green (March 24) ... Had a career-high nine strikouts in five innings pitched vs. Maryland (March 28) ... Went 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple and five RBIs vs. Maryland (March 28) ... Hit 2-for-4 with two runs scored, including a leadoff HR vs. Toledo (March 31) ... Recorded fourth HR vs. Central Michigan (April 1) ... Allowed just five hits and one earned run over six-inning start in first game of doubleheader at Indiana (April 4) ... Went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in nightcap at Indiana (April 4) ... Hit 2-for-4 with a double at Indiana (April 5) ... Picked up a hit in each game at Penn State (April 10-12) ... Hit 2-for-4 and scored a run vs. Michigan State (April 14).
Sophomore (2014) ... Big Ten Preseason Player to Watch ... Named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List ... Named to the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Watch List ... Started all 60 games for the Maize and Blue ... Also made 18 relief appearances on the mound ... Batted .268 with six doubles, four triples, two home runs, 41 runs scored and 28 RBI ... Was second in the Big Ten with 41 walks ... Also tied for third with 11 sacrifice bunts, tied for fourth with four triples and tied for fifth with 19 stolen bases ... On the mound, was 2-3 with a 1.75 earned-run average and 12 saves, striking out 27 batters in 25.2 innings pitched ... Set U-M single-season saves record ... Opponents hit just .223 off of him ... Had a .366 slugging and a .391 on-base percentage ... In Big Ten games, hit .318 with 15 RBI ... Was 11-for-32 (.344) in the last 10 games of the season ... Had 17 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI performances ... Belted two home runs, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and four runs scored in a win at Illinois (April 12) ... Drove in three runs, including the game-winning RBI in the ninth, in the win at Northwestern (May 4) ... Also had three RBI in the win over the Wildcats on May 3 ... Scored four runs in a win at Purdue (April 20) ... Was 3-for-4 with two RBI and earned the win on the mound against Notre Dame (March 1) ... Opened the season by going 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored at Texas State (Feb. 14) ... Was 3-for-5 with a double in a win at Indiana (March 23) ... Had back-to-back two-hit games in the Big Ten Tournament vs. Iowa and Nebraska (May 23-24) ... Struck out four in two innings of relief to pick up the save at Florida Gulf Coast (March 4) ... Picked up the two-inning save against Nebraska (April 27), striking out three Huskers ... Did not allow a hit in 1.1 innings in a save against Minnesota (May 21) in the Big Ten Tournament ...Had two strikeouts in the ninth inning in a save vs. Princeton (March 9) ... Earned the win against Iowa (March 29), striking out a pair in two innings of work.
Freshman (2013) ... All-Big Ten second team ... Baseball America Freshman All-America first team ... NCBWA Freshman All-America first team ... Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American ... Perfect Game Freshman All-America first team ... Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Big Ten Freshman of the Week (May 20) ... Played and started in all 56 games for the Maize and Blue ... Hit .320 with 12 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 41 RBI and 12 stolen bases ... Was fourth in the country in sacrifice flies (10) ... In Big Ten games, drove in 21 runs and had a .368 on-base percentage ... On the mound, led the team and was tied for sixth in the Big Ten with seven saves ... Also had a 1.93 earned-run average and 24 strikeouts in 23.1 innings pitched in his 15 appearances ... Tied for 10th in the Big Ten in RBI ... Had 17 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI performances ... Had a 16-game hitting streak from March 15-April 9 ... Also had a 21-game reached base streak and ended the season reaching base in 13 straight contests ... Was 2-for-5 with three RBI against Purdue (May 12) ... Had three hits and a run scored in a win over Nebraska (May 16) ... Went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in a win over Holy Cross (March 10) ... Also stole three bases in the win over the Crusaders ... Drove in three runs and had three hits against Fordham (Feb. 23) ... Hit his first home run as a collegian at California (Feb. 16) ... Went 3-for-4 with a double vs. Western Illinois (March 23) ... Had a double and a triple in the Big Ten Tournament game vs. Illinois (May 23) ... Was 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a win over Central Michigan (April 3) ... Was 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI against Purdue (May 10) ... Picked up his first save against Holy Cross (March 10), striking out four in three innings of relief ... Also had four strikeouts in three innings of work at Indiana (April 28) ... Struck out the side in an inning of work at Florida Gulf Coast (March 4) ... Had a pair of strikeouts in an inning against Michigan State (April 6) ... Earned the save at Nebraska (May 16), striking out a batter in an inning's work.
Prep ... St. Clair (2012) ... Varsity letterwinner (2009, '10, '11, '12) ... All-Michigan first team (2011, '12) ... Port Huron Times Player of the Year (2012) ... Port Huron Times All-Area first team (2010, '11, '12) ... All-Macomb Area Conference (2010, '11, '12) ... Helped St. Clair to a state championship in 2011 ... Pitched a complete game three hitter in the state championship win ... Hit .498 with five home runs and was 10-1 with 95 strikeouts his senior season at St. Clair ... Went 10-0 with a 1.82 ERA his junior season while hitting .564 with 18 doubles and 46 RBI ... Broke six school records while at St. Clair ... Also played hockey at St. Clair ... Played in the National Team Identification Series for Team USA in the summer of 2009 ... Played summer baseball for the East Coast Grays, the Michigan Dawgs and the Macomb Raptors ... All-MAC Academic team (2010, '11, '12) ... Was on the National Honor Society and the Honor Roll at St. Clair.
Personal ... Given name: Jacob John Cronenworth ... Born Jan. 21, 1994 ... Son of Charles and the late Anne Cronenworth ... Enrolled in the College of Kinesiology ... General studies major.
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