Michigan baseball defeated No. 21 Indiana in the decisive Big Ten matchup
ANN ARBOR – Michigan’s baseball team claimed a pivotal Big Ten win over Indiana on Friday.
The Wolverines (24-12) scored 13 goals in a 10-3 win at Ray Fisher Stadium, finishing first with the 23rd Hoosiers (23-11) and Nebraska (23-11).
Friday’s game kicks off with a three-game weekend series, and Michigan’s # 1 crime in the Big Ten had to work early.
After Indiana took a 2-1 lead in the third run, Michigan, which has eight games to go in the regular season, responded with five in the bottom of the inning and three in the fourth. Catcher Griffin Mazur, a graduate transfer from UC Irvine, scored a huge hit every inning. He had an RBI single in the third and a hit in a deep three-way home run to the left in the fourth.
“We know how big a series is,” said starter Steve Hajjar from Michigan. “I think the biggest challenge for us now is to bring the same energy that we had today into all 18 innings that we will play against these guys in the next two games. It will be great fun. I think we showed up with a lot of energy today, played with a lot of heart and grit, and I want to see the same of us in the next two games. “
The Hoosiers got 10 hits, but the Wolverines were able to work out of several traffic jams to limit the damage. Starter Steve Hajjar allowed three runs with six hits and walked four but improved to 4-0. He hit eight in 6 1/3 innings and has now fanned at least eight batters in seven of eleven starts this season.
Indiana left nine runners on the base.
Michigan started the conference second on Friday with 48 home runs and added three more. Outfielder Clark Elliott and first baseman Ted Burton each scored their fifth goal of the season.
The two teams will be back on Saturday at 2 p.m., before ending the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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