Michigan Opens College World Series with Win

Over three games in mid-March, Texas Tech swept Michigan in Lubbock, Texas, outscoring Michigan 29-10. A series that was circled in the offseason as a premier non-conference tilt, the Red Raiders knocked the Wolverines out of the writers’ poll and showed the Big Ten favorite had a ways to go before being able to go toe-to-toe with a program that appeared in three of the previous five College World Series.

That wouldn’t be the case in the fourth contest between the two.

Meeting again on college baseball’s biggest stage, Michigan reversed its fortunes against the Big XII champion. Behind seven strong innings from starter Karl Kauffmann, a two-inning save from Jeff Criswell, and a two-run triple from Jimmy Kerr, highlighting a three-run third, Michigan opened the 2019 College World Series with a 5-3 win over Texas Tech. Moving to 47-20 on the season, Michigan collected its first College World Series win since 1983, only the Big Ten’s second.

As Michigan continues a storybook run through the postseason, here’s a roundup of news, stories, and tweets on the victory in Omaha.

Box Score

Michigan Athletics recap

Karl Kauffman Battles, Leads Michigan To CWS-Opening Victory

Joe Healy, Baseball America

In the end, Kauffman, who two weeks ago was drafted 77th overall, threw seven innings, allowing eight hits and three runs with no walks and three strikeouts. He didn’t dominate, but as Bakich alluded to, he induced a ton of weak contact.

Michigan Showcases Impressive Opening Act

Kendall Rogers, D1Baseball.com

There were two unknowns for Michigan entering the contest against the Red Raiders. First, the Wolverines hadn’t been on this stage in a long time. So, would they come out a little nervous and show the rustiness that new teams in the CWS often do? Also, could the Wolverines find a way to corral a Texas Tech team that not only swept them down in Lubbock earlier this season, but also outscored them 29-10?

Erik Bakich, Bo Schembechler, and a Michigan baseball awakening

Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press

Bakich, 41, has been chasing the College World Series as a head coach for more than a decade. He’s considered one of the up-and-coming coaches in the country, has been wooed elsewhere, but stayed in Ann Arbor. He has the smallest salary among the head coaches competing in Omaha this week.

Wolverines get revenge on Red Raiders in opening game of CWS

Abby Snyder, Michigan Daily

The phrase Revenge Tour usually brings Michigan football to mind. But lately, the term has been just as true of Michigan’s baseball team (47-20), which defeated No. 8 Texas Tech, 5-3, in the opening game of the College World Series on Saturday. In March, the Red Raiders swept the Wolverines in disheartening fashion. But when it counted, and with a chip on their shoulders, Michigan emerged triumphant.

The key to Michigan’s postseason run: game one

Kent Schwartz, Michigan Daily

“The way we’ve been approaching all these tournaments is we’re just going to worry about Game 1 and do whatever we have to do in Game 1 and worry about Game 2 in Game 2,” said Michigan baseball head coach Erik Bakich.

The Wolverines are done playing with their backs against the wall.

Michigan beats Texas Tech 5-3 in its 1st CWS game since 1984

Eric Olson, Associated Press

Coming off a three-game super regional where they knocked off No. 1 national seed UCLA, the Wolverines built a 4-0 lead in the third and Kauffmann and Jeff Criswell worked out of trouble when the Red Raiders (44-19) threatened.

 

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