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Michigan defeats Vanderbilt, 3-2, in rematch of last year's National Championship

Hits were hard to come by in Sunday's David Williams Fall Classic scrimmage between last year's College World Series Finalists, Vanderbilt and Michigan. The two teams combined for just eight hits and five runs in a game that ended 3-2 in Michigan's favor.

Dominant pitching was the theme of the day. Michigan starter, freshman LHP Steven Hajjar, struck out five in just 2.2 innings. His counterpart, Vanderbilt freshman RHP Jack Leiter, also displayed strike out stuff with four strikeouts in 2.0 IP. Leiter struggled with command of his fastball and gave three free passes to Michigan batters.

In relief for Vanderbilt, Freshman RHP Sam Hliboki impressed, striking out five of the six batters he faced in his 2.0 innings of work.

Vanderbilt tied the game at two in the bottom of the eighth off of Spencer Jones' RBI single, but Michigan tacked on an unearned run in the top of the ninth to retake the lead.

The game featured Michigan Head Coach Erik Bakich facing off against his once mentor, Vanderbilt Head Coach Tim Corbin. The two came together for the inaugural David Williams Fall Classic in recognition of the impact of the Negro League on baseball and on the country as a whole.

Michigan and Vanderbilt will face off in February at the MLB4 Tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Check out a full list of the 2020 College Baseball Tournaments here)


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