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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.

Sophomore outfielder Jordan Nwogu lit a spark in the Michigan baseball team with his walk-off hit against Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament.

The past two weeks, the Michigan baseball team has captured the attention of every college baseball fan in the country as it’s made a run to the College World Series.

Michigan coach Erik Bakich was surprised to see that Michigan was so close to winning, even with all of the free bases his team had given up.

WESTWOOD, Calif. — Michigan had no business staying competitive in Saturday night’s affair with UCLA. That is, at least according to coach Erik Bakich.

Sophomore center fielder Jesse Franklin had an RBI in Michigan's loss to Nebraska.

There were two games and two stories Saturday for the No. 2 seed Michigan baseball team.

The Michigan baseball team swept Rutgers this weekend.

The Wolverines were just better than the Scarlet Knights, in every sense of the word.

Sophomore catcher Joe Donovan hit a walk-off home run against Rutgers.

Sophomore catcher Joe Donovan hit a three run, walk-off homerun that was gone as soon as it left the bat. Michigan (31-11 overall, 11-3 Big Ten) won 4-1 over Rutgers (17-24 overall, 7-8 Big Ten) for the weekend sweep.

Sophomore infielder Jack Blomgren scored on a Northwestern throwing error on Saturday.

The Wolverines put runners on base with walks and hit-by-pitches, advanced those runners on wild pitches and stolen bases and kept them alive on fielders’ choices and errors. In a weekend series that was closer than anticipated at times, much of the Wolverines’ success came when they were able to capitalize on their opponents’ mistakes.

Junior right-hander Karl Kauffmann gave up one run in seven innings and picked up the win.

The Wolverines were holding onto a 3-1 lead that had just been cut into by an RBI single by infielder Shawn Goosenberg. With two outs catcher Michael Trautwein ripped a grounder which passed a diving senior infielder Jimmy Kerr, but senior infielder Ako Thomas had him covered. Thomas’ dive was successful as he fielded the ball and tossed it to first for the out. Thomas effectively ended Northwestern’s comeback bid as the Michigan baseball team (26-11 overall, 6-3 Big Ten) won 4-1 over the Wildcats (16-18, 5-5) on Saturday afternoon.

Jimmy Kerry notched a two-run home run in the Wolverines' 10-5 win.

Despite some early fielding difficulties which created an early deficit, the Michigan baseball team pulled itself together in the second half of the game Wednesday evening to best the Bowling Green State Falcons, 10-5.

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Few anticipated what followed. Michigan dropped the first two games of the series, 10-5 and 10-4, with shaky performances from usually-dominant Nos. 1 and 2 starters, junior left-hander Tommy Henry and junior right-hander Karl Kauffman. The Wolverines avoided a sweep in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, beating the Buckeyes, 6-2.