The Michigan baseball team scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to break open a 3-3 tie and knock off host Northwestern 7-3 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep and extend their winning streak to 15 games.
The Wolverines improved to 19-11 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten with their fourth-consecutive series sweep in the weekend finale at Miller Park. The 15 consecutive wins marks a new record under head coach Erik Bakich. The next-longest win streak by a Wolverine team came in 2008, when Michigan won 16 straight.
Michigan (19-11) will return to action on Friday (April 13) as it begins a three-game set with Maryland. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The Wolverines play the Terps at 4 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Sophomore Dominic Clementi knocked in the go-ahead runs with a pinch-hit triple in the ninth.
Junior William Tribucher pitched the bottom of the ninth inning for the Wolverines and faced just three batters. He struck out two before a single to right field looked to spoil the 1-2-3 outing, but left fielder Joe Pace connected with second baseman Ako Thomas to prevent the Wildcat runner from stretching a single to a double. The out at second ended the game and clinched the series sweep.
Freshman Jeff Criswell earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed just one hit and struck out three.
Michigan is 11-1 at home after dropping its home opener on March 14 and responding with 11 straight wins when playing at Ray Fisher Stadium. Through 12 games played at the Wilpon Complex, the Wolverines have posted a .318 batting average with 95 runs scored in addition to a 2.50 earned-run average.
Freshman Jess Franklin earned his first conference honor as he was named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday (April 1). Franklin helped the Wolverines to a 4-0 week that included a midweek win over Central Michigan and a series sweep of Delaware, which marked the Wolverines’ third straight sweep and 12th straight victory. The freshman from Seattle, Washington, ended the week with a .500 batting average and a .938 slugging percentage that included a double and two home runs. In addition to a team-leading eight hits and seven RBI, he knocked in the game-winning runs on both Wednesday (March 28) and Sunday (April 1).
After losing 15 players at the end of the 2017 season, including a program-record 11 in the Major League Baseball Draft, the Maize and Blue added 14 players to its roster in the off-season. The roster additions included 12 freshmen and two junior college transfers that hail from seven different states, and the Wolverine recruiting class was ranked No. 10 by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, marking the highest ranking ever for a Big Ten recruiting class.