No wonder all the top teams in college baseball are from Texas, Arizona, California, Florida, and other places you can play year round. Big Ten teams, by contrast, have to spend the first month of their season on the road.
This year, from February 18 through March 19, the U-M team traveled from Florida to Texas to South Carolina to Stanford in Palo Alto, California. The first home game on the schedule is March 25 against MSU, and the April schedule kicks off with a four-game weekend series against Indiana beginning April 1.
Given the iffy weather, U-M baseball (and women's softball, at the adjoining Alumni Field in what is now called the Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex) is a real harbinger of spring, like crocuses. And, until Ray Fisher Stadium was refurbished for the 2008 season, watching often meant huddling in the chill with a few dozen other fans.