Flying under the radar despite the longest win streaks in D1 this season, Tennessee Tech and Michigan are starting to gain some national attention. Each of these teams has been represented on Top Coach. Erik Bakich is the head coach at Michigan and was a guest back in 2013. Wayne Welton is the director of operations for Michigan and was our guest in 2016. Larry Bragga is the director of operations for Tennessee Tech and also the father of head coach Matt Bragga. He was our guest in 2015.
The longest winning streak in Division I baseball right now belongs to a team from the Ohio Valley Conference that has only four NCAA Tournament victories in program history.
The second-longest streak belongs to a Big Ten school with one of the most identifiable brands in the country — but which has its own challenges to overcome on the baseball diamond.
Tennessee Tech and Michigan don’t have much in common when it comes to college sports, but at the moment, they can certainly relate. The Golden Eagles have slugged their way to 26 straight wins. The Wolverines have won 20 in a row, outpitching opponents in the cool northern air.
Both teams still have a way to go to match the Division I record of 34 straight wins, set by Texas in 1977 and Florida Atlantic in 1999. It’s a record Tennessee Tech coach Matt Bragga knows well because his teenage son reminds him.
As of Thursday, Tennessee Tech (35-5) had hit 33 more homers and had scored 80 more runs than any other team in the country. Michigan has bounced back from a 4-11 start to move atop the Big Ten, a league that’s made strides the last few years.
When Erik Bakich took over as Michigan’s coach in 2012, the Big Ten was struggling to stay relevant in college baseball. A year earlier, the league put only one team in the NCAA Tournament. There was talk that the conference should move its baseball schedule to the summer and perhaps give up on competing for NCAA titles in that sport.
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