Written By: @JAE19528126
Frustrated coming off of a first round Big Ten Tournament exit the Michigan Wolverines were eager to retake the field. To further leave a bitter taste in their mouths it was their fourth loss in five attempts against rival Ohio State.
To make it more difficult. Big 10 Conference Player of the Year Jordan Brewer didn’t play because of a lingering turf-toe injury that caused him to miss the first two games of the conference tournament also.
Karl Kauffman(9-6) went 8 & 2/3 scattering 6 hits & 2 BB in a 6-0 shutout victory over Creighton.
The Wolverines Offense played long-ball to support the cause as Jordan Nwogu, Jimmy Kerr, and Christan Bullock each went deep.
Their top 3 hitters got on base six times in 11 plate appearances to set the table.
Michigan improves to 41-16 & gets the Oregon State/Cincinnati winner.Creighton (38-11) must regroup quick as they face the brink of a season. The Wolverines haven’t been to the Super Regionals since 2007.
Corvallis Game 2
Baseball is a funny game. As any given day you can step between those lines and see new things.
The Cincinnati Bearcats flew across-country to Corvallis and defeated the defending National Champion Oregon State Beavers 7-6 in the opening game of the NCAA tournament.
After a 25-29 Regular Season the Bearcats rolled off 4 straight to capture the American athletic Conference including a 22 to 5 victory over UConn. But even then there were naysayers.
Bryce Fehmel didn’t pitch his worst effort either. The burgett Bearcats touched him for four runs in five innings to hold a comfortable advantage for most of this game.
Oregon State Show champion moxie with a four-run seventh to take a brief 6-5. Courtesy of 3 hits and some walks. But couldn’t get that break-free knock.
But these Bearcats clawed back for one in the eighth and one in the ninth to win. OSU is now in unfamiliar territory.
The 9th inning run came in a blur; a one out single from Jace Mercer then the winning run off of a triple from AJ Bumpass. It was his fifth hit of the game and potentially one of the biggest in recent Bearcat baseball history.
Cincinnati’s Korren Thompson pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth for his 13th save.
The Beavers (36-19-1) fall to 25-9 now all-time in the Postseason at Goss Stadium. Stunned they’ll have to re-group if they want any dreams of a repeat. They’ll face Creighton for the right to play another day.
Cincinnati (30-29) gets Michigan.