Baseball

Rising junior outfielder Jesse Franklin is one of three Wolverines playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

CAPE COD, Mass. — Jesse Franklin smacked a single, then motored into second on the throw home.

Waiting for him there was none other than Jack Blomgren. Reunited briefly with his Michigan teammate, Franklin took the opportunity to mess around with Blomgren.

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

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It was a turbulent season for the Michigan baseball team.

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The selection show was projected on a screen for all gathered around to see. Upon seeing their school name put into a bracket slot, the Michigan baseball players erupted in a cheer.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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.