Michigan Wolverines advance to NCAA baseball super regional
By ERIC OLSON
AP Sports Writer
After barely making the NCAA Tournament, Michigan is now a regional champion and on its way to the next round.
The Wolverines beat Creighton 17-6 in Corvallis, Oregon, on Monday night, rebounding from 24 hours earlier when they gave up seven runs in the ninth inning and lost 11-7 to the Bluejays, forcing a second regional final.
Also clinching spots in this weekend’s best-of-three super regionals were No. 1 national seed UCLA, No. 7 Louisville, No. 9 Oklahoma State, No. 10 East Carolina and No. 11 Stanford.
Michigan, like fellow regional champs Florida State and Duke, was one of the last four teams awarded at-large bids by the selection committee.
The Wolverines lost five of their last seven regular-season games and, despite winning three games in the Big Ten Tournament, were still on the bubble.
Other than the ninth-inning implosion Sunday, the Wolverines were sharp in their four regional games, batting .315, scoring 40 runs and getting four home runs and nine RBIs from Jimmy Kerr.
On Monday, Michigan converted three walks, a hit batter and two hits into five runs in the fourth inning to take control. The Wolverines used six pitchers.
Michigan is in the super regionals for the first time since 2007 and will play UCLA. The Wolverines need two more wins to reach the College World Series for the first time since 1984.