Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 7:16pm
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OMAHA, Neb. – For much of the season, there were questions swirling around the Michigan baseball team. Now, on the far side of an improbable ride that brought Team 153 to the finals of the College World Series – and on the far side of a crushing 8-2 loss at the hands of No. 2 Vanderbilt – the answers to those questions are starting to become clear.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:27pm
Junior left-hander Tommy Henry came up clutch for Michigan several times this season.

As the baseball team’s 2019 season comes to a close, and Michigan’s magical run through the postseason comes to an end, the Daily presents these awards to members of Team 153 that stood out over the course of the season.

Most Valuable Player: Jordan Brewer

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 11:23pm
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OMAHA, Neb. – It was almost enough.

Deft management from Michigan coach Erik Bakich. A batting order that had been hot all postseason. 

All of these were almost enough. 

But Vanderbilt’s pitchers were just too talented, too experienced, and Michigan’s upstart offense wasn’t up to the task. The Wolverines recorded just 2 runs on 6 hits in a 8-2 loss to the Commodores.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 11:12pm
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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.

At the beginning of the season, the biggest question was who would fill the role of the No. 3 starter with sophomore left-hander Ben Dragani out for the season with an injury. Sophomore right-hander Jeff Criswell stepped nicely into that role, converting from a bullpen pitcher to a starter with marked success.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 11:54pm
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OMAHA, Neb. – The Wolverines' backs are against the wall. Their season is on the line. One game stands between glory and disappointment.

But they don't want it any other way.

After losing 4-1 Tuesday, the Michigan baseball team (51-20) will face No. 2 Vanderbilt in the deciding game of the College World Series Final on Wednesday. 27 outs are all that stand between bringing a national championship to Ann Arbor – or going home empty-handed.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 10:42pm
Freshman right-hander Isaiah Paige started for the Wolverines and threw four innings with no earned runs in the 4-1 loss.

OMAHA, Neb. – The Michigan baseball team (50-21) lost to Vanderbilt, 4-1, in Game 2 of the College World Series Final on Tuesday. The two will face off again Wednesday, with the winner taking home the national championship.

The teams spent much of the game locked in a pitcher’s duel. Unsurprisingly, Michigan’s offense was quiet, as Vanderbilt threw its freshman ace, right-hander Kumar Rocker. More surprising, though, was a solid four-inning outing from freshman right-hander Isaiah Paige, who started on the mound for the Wolverines. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 7:15pm
The Wolverines made an improbable run to the national championship as one of the Last Four In.

Behind every deep tournament run are the wins that shaped the team. It was no different for the Michigan baseball team’s historic – and, at times, improbable – run. They don’t tell this team’s whole story. Nothing could. But they’re a good place to start. The Daily takes a look back of some of this season’s defining wins.

March 8 – Michigan 7, No. 2 UCLA 5 

There’s a lot of talk in sports about “statement wins.” That’s what this was.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 12:04am
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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.

Michigan plays better baseball when it’s ahead. It’s held true all season. But it’s never been truer than it is right now. In their four victories during the College World Series, the Wolverines have scored first – and held on to win each time.

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 2:17pm
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OMAHA, Neb. – The University of Michigan has an athletic tradition perhaps unlike any other. Its history is littered with championships, legendary coaches and moments that are as alive today as when they first took place.

But watching this baseball program come into its own on the biggest stage of the sport’s collegiate level, one particular quote stands out.

The team, the team, the team.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 11:18pm
Michigan coach Erik Bakich will face off against his former team, Vanderbilt, where he was an assistant from 2003-2009.

The Commodores will be the Wolverines’ toughest challenge of the season – even in a season where they had to get through No. 1 UCLA in the Super Regional and play a tough Texas Tech team, which had steamrolled them in a three-game sweep in March, to get to the final of the College World Series.