CWS 2019: Michigan Advances to Championship Series

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The duo has allowed 13 earned runs in 53 1/3 innings (2.13 ERA), with Kauffmann allowing three over six innings Friday to earn the win.

The run for the Wolverines has showed these youth baseball players that they too can make it to the big stage. "It's not that we're playing in a regional, super regional, College World Series championship - it's just that we get another game with each other".

MI scored its 15 runs on 14 hits and 12 walks from seven Texas Tech pitchers.

Tech's Micah Dallas (7-2), who took his first loss of the season after a rough three-inning outing against the Wolverines last week, was knocked out in the second after the first three batters reached. First baseman Jimmy Kerr slugged two home runs as he went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and four runs scored. They are still hitting, still pitching, playing confidently like a top-four team - not a team that was one of the last four in the tournament. It happened down the stretch when MI had an opportunity to win the Big Ten title but went 2-4 against IN and Nebraska and finished IN second place, a half-game behind Indiana. The one time they played tight, late in a regional contest against Creighton with a chance to advance to the Super Regional at UCLA, they imploded, a number of errors costing them in a loss. It happened when MI went to Lubbock for a series against Texas Tech and got swept.

With the win, the Wolverines advance to the CWS Finals for the first time since 1962 (Where Michigan won the National Championship). It needed to beat the Red Raiders just once to reach the finals, while Texas Tech needed to beat MI on Friday and Saturday in the double-elimination format. "We wouldn't be sitting here without the guys we ran out there". Ever since MI beat IL in walk-off fashion in the Big Ten Tournament elimination game, a win that probably assured it of getting into the NCAA Tournament, the Wolverines have been playing much looser. The Buckeyes won the championship that year. "It's literally been a one-game, one-pitch mindset".

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Now, though, they're playing with house money, and legitimately one of the two best times alive. That "base" hit, along with a double and two homers left him a triple short of the cycle. The 15 runs were the most scored against the Red Raiders since Kansas hung 17 on them in April 2018. The Red Raiders swept a three-game series in Lubbock, Texas, in March, outscoring the Wolverines 29-10. In all, they have given up six runs in three games in Omaha. "Their staff is to be commended for that".

"We figured the opportunity wasn't going to come very often and so we chose to head down there and it was an incredible experience".

All-Big 12 right fielder and leadoff man Gabe Holt was out of Texas Tech's lineup for the fourth time in five games.

Three weeks later, and the Wolverines are still loose, and still winning, stomping Texas Tech 15-3. Criswell worked the final three innings Friday for the save.

Karl Kauffmann will get the start for MI after a strong outing against Texas Tech last weekend.

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