Michigan baseball dropped its game on Sunday to Louisville 20-1 and missed its chance to advance to the Super Regional. Thankfully, it’s not over yet.
This postseason run for Michigan baseball has been magical. It has included a Big Ten tournament championship and so far, two wins in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the regional final.
Hopefully, there is more to come. But the good news is that following Michigan baseball’s disastrous 20-1 defeat on Sunday to Louisville, the Wolverines are still alive.
Facing the same team it defeated 7-3 on Saturday, Michigan didn’t have much pitching left and after the first inning of play, it was 4-0 Cardinal and the onslaught didn’t slow down. Louisville scored at least two runs in six innings and scored at least three in four.
The Michigan offense has also started to go cold. After scoring 15 runs in the first 14 innings of the regional, the Wolverines have managed just one run in their last 12 innings. Louisville had 19 hits on Sunday and Michigan mustered just three.
But Michigan is still alive and the loss sets up a winner-take-all game against Louisville Monday night at 12 p.m. (game time was changed due to expected poor weather). The winner will advance to the super regional and the loser will go home.
For Michigan, it’s not a new scenario. Michigan won two win-or-go-home matchups last Sunday in the Big Ten Tournament and the Wolverines will need to channel positive thoughts after a 19-run defeat to the team it will need to beat tomorrow to advance.
Erik Bakich has done a helluva job this postseason and getting Michigan baseball ready for tomorrow will be his greatest challenge yet.