Michigan Wolverines baseball kicked off the 2023 season this past weekend at the Desert Invitational where they took on Fresno State, Michigan State, UCSD and Grand Canyon. Let’s take a look at how they fared in the opening weekend tournament:
Game 1: 6-2 W against Fresno State
Michigan started the weekend off strong with a win against Fresno State. Connor O’Halloran got the start on the mound for the Wolverines and he did not disappoint.
Fresno State got ahead quickly, taking a 2-0 lead in the 2nd, but that was the only momentum the Bulldogs were able to find during the game. Michigan was dominant after that.
The Wolverines took a 3-2 lead in the 4th when Gabe Sotres hit a home run, and Tito Flores singled to bring in the third run right after.
Ted Burton added to the lead with a solo shot in the 7th, and liked it so much he did it again in the 9th.
Michigan won, 6-2, to start the season on a high note.
Game 2: 15-8 L against Michigan State
This one didn’t go as well for the Wolverines. Early on, it looked like Michigan might run away with things. Cody Jefferis hit a double with the bases loaded that brought everyone home, and Joey Velasquez hit an RBI sac-fly. The Wolverines were all of a sudden up 5-1 in the 2nd.
The Spartans took over in the 6th inning with a five-run frame. Michigan was able to add a run in the 7th to make it 8-5 and keep within striking distance, but a seven-run 8th inning for Michigan State put it away and the Spartans won, 15-8.
Game 3: 11-2 L against UCSD
Like the Michigan State game, the Wolverines got off to a good start but ended up losing in blowout fashion. Jack Van Remortel got Michigan on the board in the 2nd with a single, but it was all UCSD after that.
UCSD scored the next four runs to take a 5-1 lead before the Wolverines scored another run on a Jordon Rogers single to bring the score to 5-2.
USCD dominated and added six more runs to win, 11-2.
Game 4: 6-4 W against Grand Canyon
The trend of the team scoring first loses continued. Grand Canyon got off to a good start with an early two runs, but Michigan was quickly able to seize momentum.
Michigan had big innings in both the 2nd and 3rd and quickly went up 6-1. That was all the scoring the Wolverines would need.
Grand Canyon was slowly able to chip away and cut the lead to 6-4 heading into the 9th inning. The Lopes got the tying run into scoring position, but wasn’t able to get him home.
Hanging on to win 6-4, Michigan improved to 2-2 to conclude the weekend in Arizona.
The Wolverines begin a roadtrip Friday where they will play against Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine and UCLA.