Big Blue Tie

By Doug Kroll - February 26, 2008


There's no doubting that Michigan was ready for its exhibition game against the New York Mets on Tuesday afternoon. After all, they had just beaten up on Villanova in a three-game series at the Mets' Spring Training site over the weekend to the tune of 47-19. The Wolverines were able to hang on for a 4-4 tie with the Mets, something that I'm sure they'll all remember for a long time.

A few notes on Michigan's game:
-Michigan built a 4-2 lead after coming back from a David Wright 2-run home run in the first inning, only to see Michael Abreu tie the game at 4-4 with a 2-out, 2-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning off Adam Abraham which Mets manager Willie Randolph had to argue for since it hit above the line on the batter's eye in CF.

-The game was called after it was determined there were no more pitchers left. Derek VanBuskirk paced the Wolverines' lineup with a 2-run homer in the top of the 8th which gave them a short-lived lead.

-Former Michigan running back Stanley Edwards was on hand to throw out the first pitch before Michigan-Mets exhibition game. He was with former Michigan athletic administrator Don Triveline.

-Junior 3B Adam Abraham's second inning triple was the first Wolverine hit against a Major League team in 31 years. Michigan lost to the Boston Red Sox 4-1 in 1977.

-Michigan's 4-4 tie was the first U-M tie against a Major League team since a 4-4 tie in 1974 against Detroit in Lakeland, Fla.

There were a couple other collegiate-MLB exhibitions on Tuesday, so here's a quick look at those:

Miami Hurricanes at Florida Marlins
Despite a 33 minute delay to start, the Marlins beat Miami 7-2. The Hurricanes outhit Florida 10-8, but committed 3 errors in the loss. Shortstop Ryan Jackson led the 'Canes at the dish, going 3-for-4 with 3 doubles. The best part about the ball game for Miami coach Jim Morris? Eight different pitchers all threw an inning.


Florida Southern (D-II) at Detroit Tigers

The Tigers beat up on D-II Florida Southern on Tuesday to the tune of 17-4. The Tigers pounded out 17 hits and scored in 7 of the 8 innings they came to the plate. Five different Detroit players hit home runs, including two in the first and two in the second. Florida Southern is only 5-8 to start the season, after some high expectations. But Brian Schultz was a bright spot, belting a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning.

Florida State at Philadelphia Phillies
Unfortunately for the 'Noles, this game was rained out. FSU did get to hang out with the Phils all afternoon, including a half-hour speech from Phillies legend Mike Schmidt.

There are some more tomorrow, I'll be back then

Posted by Doug Kroll at 08:45 PM on February 26, 2008
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