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Actors portray ancient Roman soldiers during a 2015 celebration outside the Colosseum.

Michigan football ready for Rome, hot baseball team hosts Indiana, softball heads to Wisconsin, and more

Kevin Goheen

Wake up, University of Michigan fans, and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize and Blue, your favorite team.

Today is Friday, April 21, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…


The Michigan football team leaves for Rome on Saturday. It will be in Italy through next weekend and hold its final three spring practices there, including a scrimmage on April 29.

You’ll be able to follow the trip with Land of 10 and writer Sean Keeler, who will be in Italy with the team.

Michigan wrapped up the Ann Arbor portion of its spring practices on Tuesday.

“After practice today, (coach Jim Harbaugh) wasn’t even talking about practice,” said senior backup quarterback and holder Garrett Moores. “He was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, guys, this is going to be such an incredible experience. I’m so excited for you guys. You’re going to remember this forever, and I’m really excited to take you all there.’ We’re all excited.”

Michigan hasn’t released much about its itinerary but there will be tours and a visit to the Colosseum.

“I’m very much looking forward to the tour and seeing the Colosseum,” Moores said. “But from what I’ve heard, I think we’re celebrating the liberation of Italy by playing paint ball, which will be fun.”

Before leaving, Michigan and Moores celebrated National High Five Day on Thursday via Twitter.

Hoosiers up next

Michigan has played its last 14 baseball games at home. It gets three more this weekend at Ray Fisher Stadium to wrap up its long-running homestand as the No. 13 Wolverines (30-7, 6-3) host Indiana, beginning with a 6 p.m. ET opener on Friday.

Michigan is 17-2 at home this season, 13-1 in this current stretch of games. It swept then-No. 18 Oklahoma last weekend and beat Michigan State, 12-4, on Tuesday by scoring the final nine runs of the game. The Wolverines lead the Big Ten in hitting (.299), ERA (3.04), and fielding percentage (.984).

On the road again

The Michigan softball team, ranked No. 18 in the country, heads to Madison to face Wisconsin in a three-game series starting at 7 p.m. ET Friday. The Wolverines (32-10-1, 12-2) are one-half game behind No. 5 Minnesota (40-3, 13-1) for first place in the Big Ten.

Michigan is 8-4 in road games and won two of three last weekend at Maryland.  The Wolverines are coming off a 3-1 win against Michigan State on Tuesday.

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