Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 12:04am

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

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.

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 6:09pm
Sophomore center fielder Jesse Franklin hit a two-RBI double in the third inning of Michigan's 15-3 win.

OMAHA, Neb. – It was like déjà vu all over again.

The Michigan baseball team (49-20) defeated Texas Tech, 15-3, on Friday in the Bracket 1 final to advance to the final of the College World Series.

“We've seen both ends of the spectrum,” said Michigan coach Erik Bakich. “A month ago in the Big Ten Tournament, we were playing not to lose the regular season conference title, and we were squeezing it. And you could tell we were just puckered up, and we weren't playing well.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:23pm
Senior student manager Kyle Frank has become an integral part of the Michigan baseball team over his four years with the program.

Student managers “wear a lot of different hats,” Frank said. On any given day, he could be hitting grounders to infielders in practice, going through film to tag it in the team’s system, catching for the bullpen pitchers, throwing batting practice, setting up the field for the coaches, or any one of a dozen or more other tasks.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:43pm
A cancer patient rounds the bases with help from Michigan coach Erik Bakich.

OMAHA, Neb. – This is Elizabeth.

She’s eight.

The first thing you probably notice about her is the med cart attached to her side and more than a few tubes disappearing up her shirt.

But spend more than a minute or two with her, and she will distance herself so far from that med cart that one almost forgets about it.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 10:40pm
Christan Bullock has 13 stolen bases on the season for the Wolverines.

OMAHA, Neb. – The Michigan baseball team is having a good time.

They’re having so much fun, in fact, that sophomore center fielder Jesse Franklin has dubbed the ballpark where they’ve been playing their games “TD AmeriPlayground.”

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 11:15pm
Junior left-hander Tommy Henry pitched a complete game in just 100 pitches.

OMAHA, Neb. – Nine innings. 100 pitches.

Most starting pitchers reach that number in five, maybe six innings. Seven or even eight, on a really good night. 

Not Tommy Henry. And not in Omaha.

In the biggest game of the Michigan baseball team’s season, the junior left-hander pitched a complete game of three-hit baseball Monday, shutting out Florida State in a 2-0 victory for the Wolverines.

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 9:29pm

OMAHA, Neb. – North meets South. East meets Midwest. Age and experience against youth and energy.

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 5:35pm

OMAHA, Neb. – 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.