Michigan cracks Baseball America's ‘Field of 64’ projections

The Detroit News

Michigan’s massive 20-game winning streak has the Wolverines atop the Big Ten standings, and in the conversation for a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Michigan (24-11) cracked Baseball America’s Projected Field of 64 on Wednesday, where it’s slotted to play in a regional in Clemson, S.C.

Baseball America has Michigan in a four-team pod with host Clemson, Georgia and North Carolina-Greensboro.

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The Wolverines haven’t lost a game since March 14 to NAIA school Lawrence Tech. That loss began a turnaround, however, which includes an 11-0 start in Big Ten play, good for a two-game cushion over Minnesota in conference race.

The 20-game run is tied for the third-longest winning streak in Michigan’s history, and longest since the Wolverines won 22 in a row in 1987.

The Wolverines are one of five Big Ten teams in Baseball America’s projected field — projected regional host Indiana, Ohio State, Illinois and Minnesota are the others — though Teddy Cahill and Michael Lananna write, “a couple of them are very close to the bubble, however.”

Michigan, which opens a three-game series Friday at Iowa (24-13, 7-6), is seeking its third NCAA tournament appearance in four seasons.