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Michigan tops Cal Poly for Sunday victory, weekend series win

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Jordan Nwogu and Jack Blomgren led the offense, while Blake Beers went eight-strong for the Wolverines.

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The Michigan Wolverines (6-4 record) finished the weekend on a high note on Sunday afternoon, taking a 4-2 decision over Cal Poly (4-8) to win the rubber match of the three-game series in San Luis Obispo, California.

Junior right-hander Blake Beers got the start for Michigan and was terrific, going eight innings with six strikeouts and one run allowed on two hits. Wolverine pitching was able to keep the Mustangs’ damage to a minimum, as they finished 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Juniors Jordan Nwogu and Jack Blomgren led the offensive output for Michigan, as they combined to go 7-for-9 at the plate with Blomgren knocking in a pair of runs in the game. The Wolverines would out-hit Cal Poly 12-4 in the showdown.

The Wolverines trailed 1-0 when the sixth inning began before Blomgren knocked in the team’s first run of the game. Cal Poly would answer in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead back at 2-1 on a fielder’s choice RBI, but that would be it for the Mustangs’ run total.

Blomgren singled down the right field line in the seventh to bring home freshman Joey Velazquez, which tied the game at 2-2. A Cam Hart single in the eigth led to a Riley Bertram run before Ted Burton hit a sacrifice fly that scored Dom Clementi to put things at 4-2, which is where things would end.

Redshirt senior Ben Keizer came in to throw 15 pitches in the ninth inning to slam the door and close out the win for the Wolverines.

Win: Blake Beers (2-1): 8 IP, 2 H, 2 R (ER), 2 BB, 6 SO, 98 pitches

Loss: Bryan Woo (0-3): 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 SO

Save: Ben Keizer (1): IP, 2 H, 2 SO

Michigan continues its spring break trip in California this week when they head to Palo Alto, California to take on Stanford on Tuesday. From there, they will head to Berkley to take on California. The weekend will see them head to Malibu to take on Pepperdine in a three-game series before opening the home schedule on March 13 in Ann Arbor in a four-game series vs. Canisius.

Full box scores can be found on MGoBlue.com.