Monday, May 21,2007
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
'M'-Nine clinches Big
Ten regular-season title
By ANDY REID pionship rings and will host next
Daily Sports Writer weekend's Big Ten Tournament.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet,'
IOWA CITY - As Michigan base- freshman catcher Chris Berset said.
ball coach Rich Maloney trotted "We worked so hard this winter,
back to and to get it now is great. Especially
the dugout MICHIGAN 7 being a freshman this year ... I'm just
at Duane IOWA 2 trulyblessed to be here."
Banks Going into the sixth inning of
Field, dripping from head to toe Saturday's second game, Michigan
with water that had been unsuspect- didn't seem to have too much to cel-
ingly dumped over his head, he could ebrate. The Wolverines were down
finally let out a sigh of relief. by a run to Iowa, and things only got
After an entire season of high worse on the field.
expectations and equally high pres- Redshirt sophomore reliever Ben
sure to win, the Wolverines called Jenzen's performance that inning
themselves Big Ten champions after left much to be desired. The Grosse
winning 3-of-4 games last weekend Pointe Park native' hit two batters
against Iowa. Michigan clinched its with thebasesloaded.Thosetwofree
second consecutive regular-season runs propelled the Hawkeyes (17-13
Big Ten title, edging out Minnesota Big Ten, 31-21 overall) to a four-run
for the top spot. inning that seemingly sealed the fate
With the championship, the of the Wolverines.
Wolverines will be awarded cham- But during Michigan's sub-par
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half inning, the Michigan contin-
gent in the stands suddenly erupted
in a celebration unwarranted by the
Wolverines' on-field performance.
Junior Nate Recknagel had to wait
until the inning was over to find out
the cause of the mysterious cheers.
"All of a sudden the (Michigan
fans) started cheering, and we were
all like, 'What the heck is going on?'
" Recknagel said. "When we gotback
to the dugout we found out that Min-
nesota had lost."
The Golden Gophers came into
their weekend series with a chance
to overtake Michigan in the confer-
ence. But Minnesota dropped the
second game of its doubleheader
against Indiana, giving Michigan
(21-7, 39-14) the outright Big Ten
Although the Wolverines won the
Big Ten regular-season title, they all
made it clear they aren't done yet.
Most players and coaches openly
stated Michigan still wants to win
40 games, the Big Ten Tournament
and a Regional. And some on the
team, like Bernet, were even more
forward about the Wolverines' long-
term aspiration - an appearance in Freshman Chris Be
the College World Series. Michigan win its se
ROB MIGRIN AND DEREK BLUMKE/Daily
rset (top) and Junior Nate Recknagel (bottom) helped
cond straight Big Ten regular-season title this season.
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From page 13
drill for the past several weeks to
boost its power.
Freshman Maggie Viefhaus's
first-inning grand slam, Mich-
igan's fifth homer of its three-
game weekend, capped the
Wolverine's power resurgence.
"We work on hitting with our
hips," Hutchins said. "We call
it with our butts and definitely
Maggie used hers (on Michigan's
first homer of the weekend,
against Eastern Michigan)."
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