Michigan baseball has released its 2020 schedule and it features a College World Series rematch against Vanderbilt.
The 2020 Michigan baseball schedule was released earlier this week. Team 154 will be back on the diamond in two months, trying to get back to Omaha. Let’s take a look at some of the schedule highlights.
As the snow flies in the midwest, Michigan will start the season with a rematch of the CWS Final against the Vanderbilt Commodores on February 14th. The two teams had nine players selected in the 2019 MLB draft but are still loaded with talent.
The game against Vanderbilt will be part of the second annual MLB 4 Tournament. Michigan will also face Cal Poly and UConn in the tournament, that will take place in Arizona.
According to mgoblue.com, after the MLB 4 Tournament, “The Wolverines then will then shift to the eastern side of the country, taking on UConn in a traditional three-game set in Port St. Lucie, Florida (Feb. 21-23).”
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Michigan will play a total of 15 games away from Ray Fisher Stadium before their first home game. One of the schedule oddities for many of the Big Ten schools that have to deal with the long winters in the midwest.
The Wolverines will play their first home game on March 13th against Canisius. Big Ten play will open up for Michigan against Purdue on March 20th.
Bakich and Michigan baseball will travel to Illinois, Penn State, and Indiana in Big Ten play.
One last interesting tidbit from the schedule release is that Michigan will square off against Michigan State at Cooley Law School Stadium, home of the Lansing Lugnuts. The Lugnuts are a single-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
This matchup will give both teams the opportunity to play in front of more fans than their typical home games. It serves as a pseudo home game for the Spartans as Cooley Law School Stadium is only 2.5 miles from MSU’s campus.