Falcons to face Michigan as Schmitz chases 500th win

Sean Shapiro and Sean Shapiro

After a weekend split with Northern Illinois, BG will head to Ann Arbor for a 3 p.m. contest against the University of Michigan this afternoon. BG hasn’t beaten the Wolverines in their last eight attempts, dating back to the 1997 season. However if BG is able to pull off the win it will be the 500th of coach Danny Schmitz’s career. ‘I don’t really look at that,’ Schmitz said after Saturday’s win over Northern Illinois. ‘That’s more of an attribute to the great players and assistant coaches we’ve had in the program.’ Schmitz will be the fifth coach in Mid-American Conference history to hit the half-millennium mark and is second among active coaches in career wins to Ohio’s Joe Carbone. In order to pick up the victory BG will need a repeat, or similar, performance on the mound to the one they had in Saturday’s 8-0 win. Two BG pitchers, Matt Malewitz and Charles Wooten, combined to shutout Northern Illinois, only allowing three hits in the contest. At the plate, BG is riding a hot streak dating back to last Tuesday’s dismantling of Findlay. In the past four games, three of them wins, BG has put 32 runs on the board and picked up 44 hits. Leading the way for BG has been senior shortstop Ryan Shay, who hit safely in all four games, going an impressive 9-for-17 with three RBIs. After the game in Ann Arbor, BG will continue their road schedule in Michigan as they continue MAC play against Central Michigan on Friday.