Michigan baseball earns highest preseason ranking in program history


Michigan’s baseball team has the rest of the country on notice after last season’s national runner-up finish.

The Wolverines checked in at No. 8 in Baseball America’s preseason rankings on Monday — the highest preseason ranking in program history.

Michigan, which finished 50-22 last season, had a historic run to the College World Series, coming one win away from a national championship.

After being the final at-large team into the NCAA Tournament, it won Regional and Super Regional titles to reach the CWS for the first time since 1984. It won its first four games in the CWS, including Game 1 of the final against No. 2 Vanderbilt before losing the next two in the best-of-three championship.

Despite losing five players to the MLB draft, including three in the first two rounds, the Wolverines have a strong core coming back, led by starting pitcher Jeff Criswell (Portage Central) and outfielders Jordan Nwogu (Ann Arbor Pioneer) and Jesse Franklin.

Criswell was 7-1 in 2019 with a 2.75 ERA in 106 innings, while Nwogu hit .321 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs. Franklin batted .262 with 13 home runs and 55 RBIs.

“Michigan has the talent on hand to prove that last season’s run to the CWS…

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