Michigan Baseball: How to watch, what to know for NCAA opener vs Oregon

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Michigan baseball team is back in the NCAA tournament after winning the Big Ten tournament championship and here’s how to watch against Oregon. 

A few weeks ago, it was pretty clear that Michigan baseball was going to need to win the Big Ten tournament to advance to the NCAA tournament and that’s exactly what the Wolverines did.

They defeated the top four seeded teams in the Big Ten and did so in four consecutive games. The offense was off the charts and averaged more than nine runs per game.

Clark Elliott, Joe Stewart, Matt Frey, Tito Flores, and others have been slashing at a highly-productive rate but that will need to continue if Michigan baseball is going to keep winning.

According to 247 sports, Michigan ranks 25th in runs per game, which is second among the four teams in the region. However, the Wolverines are 236th when it comes to runs allowed and they are the only team of the four that ranks outside the top 100. Louisville the top seed is 139th.

Oregon is 70th in runs scored per game and 53rd in runs allowed. Oregon ranked 18th in batting average, while Michigan is top 50 in home runs, walks, and doubles.

The Wolverines also struggle in other pitching categories which means that if U-M is to advance it will have to play higher-scoring games like it did last weekend, averaging more than nine runs per game.

How to watch Michigan baseball vs Oregon

The format for this weekend is a true double-elimination tournament. Louisville will take on Southeast Missouri State and the winner of that game will face Michigan or Oregon. The team that survives will go to the Super Regional.

UPDATE: In some great news for Michigan baseball fans, the Wolverines’ first-round game against Oregon will also be shown on ESPNU.

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Michigan will play Friday at 7:00 PM EST. The game will be broadcast on ESPN plus.