Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 8:43pm

It was a turbulent season for the Michigan baseball team.

The Wolverines started 8-0, but then a troublesome California trip brought them back to the ground with back-to-back losses. When they had a 13-game win streak, they were swept by Texas Tech — a series that presented perhaps their biggest test of the season. And when they recouped to gain a hand on the regular season Big Ten title, they lost their hold in the final two weeks.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:15pm

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. 

In game three on Wednesday, the Wolverines (50-22 overall) lost to No. 2 Vanderbilt (59-12) 8-2. But the game seemed over by the fourth inning.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:01pm

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.

And most of all, no one thought that the feeling of losing in game three of the College World Series final against the No. 2 team in the country would be disappointing.

But it is.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:48pm

OMAHA, Neb — Running down the first base line, sophomore designated hitter Jordan Nwogu was trying to beat the throw from a mishandled ground ball. Then he felt a tug.

His leg wouldn’t move forward as he tripped over first base. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 1:14am
Junior right-hander Karl Kauffmann is the probable starter for Game 3 of the College World Series finals.

OMAHA, Neb — Before the start of Tuesday’s game, Michigan head coach Erik Bakich made a surprising decision: freshman right hander Isaiah Paige would start. Unlike in the Super Regional, Bakich decided to put all his eggs in sophomore right hander Jeff Criswell coming out of the bullpen.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 11:33pm

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. 

During the regular season, it happened against No. 8 Texas Tech, when the Wolverines allowed eight unearned runs. Then, there was the game against Indiana with four errors.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 12:17pm
After going hitless in his first three at-bats, senior first baseman Jimmy Kerr hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to extend Michigan's lead to 6-3.

Despite coming out with a victory, Michigan left 12 runners on base with 14 hits and 6 walks. Monday, it just seemed that the clutch two-out RBIs they had Friday against Texas Tech weren’t happening.

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 10:34pm
Junior left-hander Tommy Henry threw 8.1 innings en route to a 7-4 victory to open the College World Series finals.

OMAHA, Neb. – Immediately, sparks were flying on Monday night.

Sophomore designated hitter Jordan Nwogu walked to lead off the game, quickly rounding the bases as sophomore center fielder Jesse Franklin looped a single into center field. But Nwogu would get too greedy against one of the best defenses in the country, loping toward third base — where he was called out. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 4:06pm
Michigan coach Erik Bakich will face off against his mentor and friend, Tim Corbin, for the national championship.

On Monday, the two coaches will meet for the first time sitting in opposite dugouts. Corbin leading a national powerhouse that competes for a championship yearly. Bakich, in charge of an unlikely contender as he tries to emulate his mentor and friend.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:58pm

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.

It was three moments of despair, bringing the Wolverines down to their lowest, that pushed them to learn three vital lessons.

A benchmark, and how to get there. Grit, and how to survive. Fun, and that this is all a game.