The Michigan baseball team had its season come to an end Saturday afternoon, losing an NCAA tournament regional elimination game, 8-2, to Central Michigan.
It was the second loss in as many days at Frank Eck Stadium for the Wolverines, who earned an at-large berth and spot in the South Bend, Ind., regional. Michigan finishes the season with a 27-19 overall record.
Starting pitcher Cameron Weston lasted just 4 2/3 innings, surrendering three earned runs on eight hits. Weston, a second-team all-Big Ten selection, struck out two and walked one on 89 pitches.
One of those hits, a two-run home run by CMU’s Garrett Gavarra in the fourth inning, turned out to be the difference. Gavarra blasted a 2-1 pitch from Weston over the fence in right field to give the Chippewas a pair of go-ahead runs.
CMU rallied with two outs in the fifth to tack on two more runs, after Weston gave up back-to-back singles to Griffin Lockwood-Powell and Zach Heeke. Michigan relief pitcher Logan Wood was called for a balk and walked back-to-back hitters, while reliever Joe Pace hit CMU third baseman Aidan Shepardson with the bases loaded.
Michigan got a leadoff home run from sophomore outfielder Tito Flores in the first inning, but struggled to generate much offense after that. The Wolverines totaled nine hits — including a ninth-inning homer from Jimmy Obertop — but left five runners on base, including grounding into a bases loaded, inning-ending double play in the seventh.
Jordan Patty, the CMU starter, struck out six and walked zero in 7 2/3 innings to earn the win. He threw 118 pitches, 77 of them for strikes.
The season comes to a close for Michigan, which earned its way into the NCAA tournament despite playing an all-conference schedule. Central Michigan (41-17) advances to play the loser of tonight’s Notre Dame-UConn game in a second elimination game at noon ET on Sunday.
The Chippewas, who won the Mid-American Conference regular-season title this year, added a home run from Lockwood-Powell in the sixth despite entering the game with just 15 long balls all season. This was their first win over Michigan since 2017.