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'Great game': Schmidt's two-run blast levels Vandy, opens Michigan baseball season with a bang

Scottsdale, Ariz. — It would have been insulting to have flown so far, to have pulled in MLB Network’s prime-time cameras, and then have treated everyone to a snoozer of a season-opener.

And so Michigan and Vanderbilt decided their baseball warfare needed extra spice Friday at Salt River Fields.

The Wolverines unleashed all manner of antics in their 4-3 victory over the Commodores, none more dramatic than Matt Schmidt’s booming, two-run homer in the ninth that sailed high beyond the left-field wall and crash-landed on a grass-matted berm.