Michigan 10 – RUTGERS 4
In a stunning upset on many regards Rutgers baseball couldn’t wrap up the Big Ten Tournament title, falling to the Michigan Wolverines 10-4 on Sunday night. The loss capped off a wild day of baseball for the Scarlet Knights that began well after midnight, Sunday morning with RU thoroughly dominating Indiana 12-4 in the semi-finals; a game that didn’t end until 4 a.m.
About 14 hours later the Scarlet Knights were back on the field in Omaha, against a fifth seeded Wolverine team that pounded Iowa 13-1 just hours before first pitch of the Championship game.
Michigan picked up where they left off against Iowa with Clark Elliot leading off the ball game with a single and Joe Stewart doubling to move Elliot to third. A sac fly by Matt Frey drove home Elliot with the game’s first run. Two batters later, Tito Flores drove home the second run of the inning on a single to make it 2-0.
Rutgers, as they always do, found a way to come back.
JKG HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!!— Rutgers Baseball (@RutgersBaseball) May 29, 2022
A solo shot cuts the deficit to 2-1!! pic.twitter.com/ok2VH3x2CL
TONY SANTA MARIA! 🤌🤌🤌— Rutgers Baseball (@RutgersBaseball) May 29, 2022
An RBI triple from Tony ties the game at 2-2!! pic.twitter.com/3lTGU5q6a0
Tony Santa Maria hits a sac fly to center to get us a run back.— Rutgers Baseball (@RutgersBaseball) May 30, 2022
Michigan holds a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh. pic.twitter.com/xkuLeqhvCF
A solo homer by Josh Kuroda-Gauer in the second inning, and a RBI triple by Tony Santa-Maria in the third inning, tied things up at two.
Unfortunately that was as close as Rutgers would get to taking the lead in this game.
Michigan plated a run in three consecutive innings, the fourth, fifth and sixth inning to take a 5-2 lead over RU.
In the top of the eighth inning a three-run homer by Jimmy Obertop proved to be the difference as Michigan took a commanding 8-3 lead.
Jared Kollar got the start, but lasted only one inning, charged with two runs on three hits. Rutgers wound up using nine different pitchers by games end.
At 44-15, it wasn’t the finish to the Big Ten Tournament Rutgers wanted as it searched for the program’s first ever Big Ten Tournament title. The focus now turns to the NCAA Tournament and potentially the College World Series.