Michigan faces Michigan State with Big Ten baseball title in reach, men’s golf finishes season and more
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Today is Thursday, May 18, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…
The Big Ten baseball regular season comes down to the final weekend with three teams, including Michigan, bunched within one-half game of each other for the title. Minnesota (32-17, 14-6), Nebraska (32-17-1, 14-6-1) and the Wolverines (40-12, 14-7) go into the final three games looking to secure the top seed in the Big Ten tournament. The tournament is scheduled for May 24-28 at Indiana.
The Wolverines won their last Big Ten regular season title in 2008, culminating a streak of three straight conference championships.
Michigan takes on rival Michigan State in its final series, with games in East Lansing Thursday and Saturday sandwiched around Senior Day at Ray Fisher Stadium in Ann Arbor on Friday. Michigan State (28-21, 9-12) is one game behind Purdue (27-24, 10-11) and Northwestern (21-28, 10-11) for the final spot in the conference tournament. The top eight teams make the field, and the Spartans are in ninth place.
B1G weekend ahead! We'll face off against Michigan State in the final series of the regular season.
— Michigan Baseball (@umichbaseball) May 18, 2017
Maryland (33-17, 15-9) has completed its conference schedule and still has an outside shot at the regular-season title but would need Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska all to falter for that to happen.
Michigan beat Michigan State, 12-4, in an April game that didn’t count in the conference standings.
Men’s golf season ends
The men’s golf team finished 10th at the NCAA regional in Sammamish, Wash., on Wednesday, while junior Kyle Mueller fell one shot shy of a playoff for a national finals berth. Mueller shot a 1-under 70 in the final round but bogeyed his final two holes, enabling Chandler Phillips of Texas A&M to overtake him for the one individual berth to the NCAA finals.
The top five teams advanced to the NCAA championships to be played May 26-31 in Sugar Grove, Ill. Southern Cal won the regional with a score of 3-under 849, followed by Kent State, Florida State, Alabama and Penn State. Penn State’s Cole Miller was the medalist at 7-under par. Mueller was six shots off that pace.
The Michigan women will play in their second straight national tournament after qualifying in its regional tournament last week.
- Alabama coach Nick Saban is not a fan of the new football recruiting calendar. That in of itself is probably good enough reason for Big Ten coaches to like it.
- Matt Wenzel of MLive.com has the story of Michigan preferred walk-on Ryan Veingrad, who has overcome Hodgkin lymphoma.
- Knoxville News Sentinel columnist John Adams said he thinks if Jim Harbaugh can take the Michigan football team to Italy, SEC teams should have similar trips. Here’s where he would send each of them.