Baseball

Junior outfielder Jordan Nwogu led off Michigan's first game of fall ball with an inside-the-park home run.

Freshman infielder Jimmy Obertop stepped up in the bottom of the seventh with the score tied 9-9.

Rising junior outfielder Jesse Franklin is one of three Wolverines playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

CAPE COD, Mass. — Jesse Franklin smacked a single, then motored into second on the throw home.

Waiting for him there was none other than Jack Blomgren. Reunited briefly with his Michigan teammate, Franklin took the opportunity to mess around with Blomgren.

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OMAHA, Neb. – Pitching had been an issue for this Michigan team all season. Its No. 1 and No. 2 starters, juniors Karl Kauffmann and Tommy Henry, have always been clear – and clearly good.

The rest of the pitching staff had been something of a question mark.

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OMAHA, Neb — Michigan would not win the national championship. Instead, its run will be earmarked as another remarkable underdog run ruined by a perennial power. 

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OMAHA, Neb — In February, no one thought Michigan’s season would end on June 26th. No one thought it would get its first 50-win season since 1987 and beat the No. 1 team in the country twice on the road to go to its first College World Series since 1984.

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OMAHA, Neb. — Every once in a while, Michigan has one of those games. A game with mistake after mistake, when runners score on wild pitches, advance off errors, and reach base through walks. 

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OMAHA, Neb. – Four games. Four first-inning runs. Four first-inning leads.

And now, four wins in the College World Series.

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OMAHA, Neb — It wasn’t luck that carried Michigan to the championship series, nor was it pure talent that’s made them one of the last two left.

Junior right-hander Karl Kauffmann will take the mound once again versus Texas Tech.

OMAHA, Neb — On Friday, Texas Tech will be playing Michigan for the fifth time this season. The Wolverine lineup will be staring down Micah Dallas for the third time this year and the second in a week.

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OMAHA, Neb.  Pitching has been the name of the game for Michigan since the NCAA Super Regional, where no game has been decided by more than two runs. With Karl Kauffmann, Jeff Criswell and Tommy Henry on the mound, opposing offenses are stumped.