Michigan to Wrap Homestand with Indiana Series

April 20, 2017

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Friday, April 21 -- vs. Indiana (Wilpon Complex), 6 p.m.
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Sunday, April 23 -- vs. Indiana (Wilpon Complex), Noon
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Hot on a five-game win streak and fresh off a 12-4 midweek rivalry win over Michigan State, the No. 13-ranked University of Michigan baseball team (30-7) will wrap up a scheduled 18-game homestand with a Big Ten Conference series against Indiana this weekend (Fri-Sun., April 21-23) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

» Backed by four hits apiece from sophomore Ako Thomas and senior Johnny Slater, the No. 13-ranked University of Michigan baseball team combined for 17 hits and scored in five separate innings to defeat Michigan State by a score of 12-4 on Tuesday (April 18) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium.

» Following a 4-0 week that included a sweep of highly ranked Oklahoma and a 13-inning victory over Eastern Michigan, the Wolverines are now ranked in all six of the national polls for the first time this season. Nationally, Michigan is ranked the highest in the Big Ten with a No. 13 ranking in the D1Baseball.com poll, as well as No. 15 rankings in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and the National Baseball Writers Association poll. Michigan is also ranked No. 18 by Baseball America and No. 20 by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, and the Wolverines made their first appearance of the season with a No. 19 ranking by Perfect Game this week.

» This weekend will mark the last three games of a scheduled 18-game homestand for the Wolverines. Through that time, Michigan has gone on a 13-1 run with one game postponed due to weather. Fans at the Wilpon Complex have seen the Wolverines out-score their opponents 134 runs to just 46 during the last 14 home games, as Michigan has hit for a .341 team average with seven of nine starters hitting well above the .300 mark.

» Michigan's 30-7 record in the best in the Big Ten, though the Maize and Blue is currently in third place in the conference with a 6-3 record in Big Ten play. In their return to conference play this upcoming weekend, the Wolverines will take on the Indiana Hoosiers, who boast a 6-5-1 record in Big Ten play after dropping games to Nebraska, Purdue and Minnesota. This past weekend, the Hoosiers handed Minnesota its first conference losses of the season by taking the series two games to one.

» Armed with a 30-7 record, the Wolverines are off to their best start since the 2008 season, when Michigan captured the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles before advancing to its last NCAA tournament appearance, before head coach Erik Bakich was hired prior to the 2013 season. Through 37 games last season, Michigan owned a 28-9 record and had won seven straight.

» In addition to win percentage, Michigan currently leads the Big Ten in numerous statistical categories, including areas of pitching, hitting and defense. Offensively, the Wolverines lead Big Ten opponents in batting average (.299), on-base percentage (.402), run scored 68), hits (376), RBI (241), walks (191) and stolen bases (87). The Michigan pitching staff also leads the conference in ERA (3.04), batters struck out (336) and opponent batting average (.218), while the Wolverine defense is the best in the Big Ten with a .984 fielding percentage.

» Individually, Michigan currently has five everyday starters hitting above the .300 mark. Thomas leads the way for the Wolverines with a .366 batting average, which ranks second in the Big Ten. Slater (.331), sophomore Nick Poirier (.321), senior Michael Brdar (.320) and sophomore Miles Lewis (.307) are also all hitting above the .300 mark, while junior Drew Lugbauer (.296) and sophomore Jonathan Engelmann (.292) are just below it. Additionally, all of Michigan's everyday starters own an on-base percentage over .300.

» Lugbauer has been a source of power for the Wolverines this season, boasting a .296 average with a team-leading .606 slugging percentage. The junior leads Michigan and the Big Ten with 48 RBI so far, which ranks 10th in the country and has two grand slams on the year as well as a walk-off homer.

» In addition to leading Michigan's offense at the plate, Thomas has been a force on the base paths for the Wolverines, boasting a team-high 20 stolen bases. The sophomore currently leads the Big Ten in stolen bases, ranking tied for seventh in the country, and is currently on a perfect 37-game reached-base streak.

» Indiana will head to Ann Arbor this weekend fresh off midweek loss to Butler on Wednesday (April 19). Despite this recent loss, the Hoosiers have won four of their last six games, which included two victories over Minnesota to hand the Golden Gophers their first conference losses of the season. Overall, Indiana boasts a 19-15-2 record, with a 6-5-1 record in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers currently lead the Big Ten in homers with 40 and are led individually by sophomore infielder Matt Lloyd, who boasts a team-leading .327 batting average, 27 RBI and 16 walks.

» Michigan and Indiana have met on the baseball diamond a whopping 200 times since 1896 but did not play each other during the 2016 season. The teams last met during the 2015 season, when Michigan picked up a 2-1 Big Ten series victory before defeating the Hoosiers by a 4-1 score in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan has won four of the last six meetings between the two squads, though Indiana had won nine straight prior to a Wolverine win in 2014. Despite a rough patch between 2011 and 2013, Michigan owns the series with a 131-69 record overall.

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