OMAHA, Neb. – This time, they promised, it would be different.
When the Michigan baseball team clashed with Texas Tech in late March, it was not a match. More than one shift. The Wolverines were swept in three games by a combined score of 29-10.
This U-M team is different, though. They are hot, having won two consecutive games in the Western Region, including the Super Regional last weekend against UCLA, number 1 in Los Angeles.
They are confident, lose, and finally believe what they laughed at head coach Erik Bakich after cementing their NCAA bid with a landslide victory over Illinois at the Big Ten tournament: "We've just taken magic in a bottle, "Bakich said that day.
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This magic continued Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park with a win against Texas Tech. Right-handed junior Karl Kauffmann threw seven innings, Detroit Tigers goaltender Jimmy Kerr was the big hit – a three-way triple in the third inning – and the Wolverines beat the Red Raiders 5-3. for a grand total of first victory in Omaha.
The victory was U-M's first at the College World Series since June 8, 1983. This was Wolverines' first CWS participation since 1984.
With this victory, U-M enters the category of winners and will face the winner of Arkansas and Florida State at 19 hours. Monday evening (ESPN).
UM beat Texas Tech with a first-goal lead and never gave in: Jordan Nwogu, Sophomore's designated forward, opened the scoring with a single goal, moving to second base on a past ball, then on third on a Jesse Franklin at second base and scored on a Brewer Jordan sacrifice flight to right field.
They added three more points in the third inning when Kerr scored a triple in two runs in the right-hand corner of the field. He scored a hitter later on a single from Blake Nelson's RBI, giving Kauffman an early 4-0 cushion.
Kauffman, a Northern Portage junior, made a mistake by letting Brian Klein go in the third for a two-run homer. The fifth goal, Ako Thomas, who was ready for the second goal, attempted to score a goal on a soft line in the middle of the field. He shot his biggest shot in sixth, a broken ball for a third shot. break the draw at third base.
The Wolverines scored a major insurance strike in seventh on a mistake by Josh Jung, Texas Tech's shortstop. Jung, the Rangers' first pick in this year's MLB Draft (8th overall), earned a 1-for-4 rating.
Right-handed senior Jeff Criswell launched two scoreless innings for the save, eliminating Klein to end the game.
Nwogu and third baseball player, Blake Nelson, each had two hits for U-M, which is the first Big Ten school to achieve the College World Series since Indiana in 2013.
A match inside, they made a big statement, and guaranteed at least two other games – one with left-handed Ace Tommy Henry probably starting.