CWS Baseball Highlights/Postgame: Michigan 7, Vanderbilt 4

Drake Fellows
Drake Fellows

The Vanderbilt Commodores fell to the Michigan Wolverines 7-4 on Monday night at the College World Series in Omaha, NE. Look inside for highlights, quotes, play by play and more.

Play by Play

Michigan starters: 42/dh Nwogu; 7/cf Franklin; 22/rf Brewer; 15/1b
Kerr; 10/3b Nelson; 5/lf Bullock; 2/ss Blomgren; 0/c Donovan; 4/2b
Thomas; 47/p Henry;
Vanderbilt starters: 16/3b Martin; 51/rf Bleday; 10/ss Paul; 5/c
Clarke; 18/cf DeMarco; 19/lf Scott; 2/2b Ray; 20/dh Duvall; 22/1b
Infante; 66/p Fellows;
Michigan 1st – No play. Nwogu walked (3-1 BBBKB). Franklin singled up
the middle, advanced to second on the throw (0-0); Nwogu advanced
to second, out at third cf to 3b. Brewer doubled down the rf line,
RBI (3-1 BBBK); Franklin scored. Kerr struck out swinging, grounded
out to c unassisted (2-2 KBSBS). Nelson singled through the left
side, RBI (0-0); Brewer scored. Bullock fouled out to c (0-2 SS). 2
runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Vanderbilt 1st – Martin grounded out to 3b (0-0). Bleday grounded out
to 1b unassisted (0-2 KK). Paul struck out swinging (0-2 KFS). 0
runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Michigan 2nd – Blomgren walked (3-2 FBKBFFBB). Blomgren advanced to
second on a passed ball. Donovan walked (3-2 BBBKKFB). Thomas
doubled down the lf line, RBI (0-2 KF); Donovan advanced to third;
Blomgren scored. Nwogu grounded out to 3b (1-1 SB). Franklin
grounded out to ss, RBI (2-2 FBSB); Thomas advanced to third;
Donovan scored. Brewer lined out to ss (2-2 SBKB). 2 runs, 1 hit, 0
errors, 1 LOB.
Vanderbilt 2nd – Clarke singled through the left side (0-0). DeMarco
struck out swinging (1-2 FFBS). Scott struck out swinging (2-2
KBBFFS). Ray singled to third base (1-1 SB); Clarke advanced to
second. Duvall singled to left center, RBI (2-2 FKBB); Ray advanced
to third; Clarke scored. Duvall advanced to second on a passed
ball; Ray scored on a passed ball, unearned. Infante struck out
swinging (1-2 BSKS). 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Michigan 3rd – Kerr struck out swinging (1-2 KFBS). Nelson struck out
looking (0-2 KKK). Bullock struck out swinging (1-2 BKSFS). 0 runs,
0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Vanderbilt 3rd – Martin singled to left center (2-1 BFB). Bleday
fouled out to c (0-0). Paul grounded into double play ss to 1b (1-2
KSB); Martin out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Michigan 4th – Blomgren singled to third base (3-2 BBKKB). Donovan
singled through the left side (0-2 KSFF); Blomgren advanced to
second. Thomas grounded out to p, SAC, bunt (1-1 BF); Donovan
advanced to second; Blomgren advanced to third. Nwogu grounded out
to p (3-2 SBBFBFFF). Franklin grounded out to 2b (2-0 BB). 0 runs,
2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
Vanderbilt 4th – Clarke grounded out to 2b (2-1 BSB). DeMarco hit by
pitch (2-1 BBS). DeMarco failed pickoff attempt. DeMarco failed
pickoff attempt. Scott flied out to cf (1-1 BK). Ray grounded out
to 3b (3-2 SBBSB). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Michigan 5th – Brewer struck out swinging (0-2 SFS). Kerr flied out
to lf (0-0). Nelson struck out swinging, grounded out to c
unassisted (1-2 SBKFS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Vanderbilt 5th – Duvall grounded out to ss (1-0 B). Infante struck
out looking (2-2 SBKFBK). Martin grounded out to ss (0-0). 0 runs,
0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Michigan 6th – Bullock struck out looking (1-2 FBSK). Blomgren
singled to third base (0-0). Blomgren failed pickoff attempt.
Blomgren failed pickoff attempt. Blomgren advanced to second on a
wild pitch. Donovan flied out to cf (3-2 SBSBB). Thomas walked (3-1
BBBKB). King to p for Fellows. Nwogu struck out looking (3-2
BBBKSK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
Vanderbilt 6th – Bleday homered to right field, RBI (0-0). Paul
grounded out to 2b (0-1 K). Clarke flied out to rf (1-2 KFB).
DeMarco reached on a throwing error by ss (0-0). DeMarco advanced
to second on a wild pitch. DeMarco advanced to third on a wild
pitch. Scott struck out swinging (2-2 SBFFBS). 1 run, 1 hit, 1
error, 1 LOB.
Michigan 7th – Franklin struck out swinging (1-2 SKBS). Brewer
singled to second base (1-1 BS). After review the call at first is
upheld, safe. Kerr homered to right field, 2 RBI (0-2 SK); Brewer
scored. Nelson singled to right center (0-0). Bullock struck out
swinging (1-2 SKBS); Nelson stole second, advanced to third on a
throwing error by c. Blomgren grounded out to ss (0-1 S). 2 runs, 3
hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.
Vanderbilt 7th – Ray grounded out to 3b (1-1 SB). Duvall flied out to
lf (0-2 FF). Infante popped up to ss (1-2 BSF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0
errors, 0 LOB.
Michigan 8th – Raby to p for King. Donovan homered to left field, RBI
(0-1 S). Thomas walked (3-1 KBBBB). Nwogu singled to right field
(2-0 BB); Thomas advanced to second. Franklin struck out swinging
(1-2 SBKS). Brewer walked (3-1 BBBKB); Nwogu advanced to second;
Thomas advanced to third. Kerr fouled out to 3b (0-2 KS). Nelson
fouled out to rf (1-2 BKK). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.
Vanderbilt 8th – Martin walked (3-0 BBBB). Bleday struck out swinging
(2-2 BFFBS). Paul singled through the right side (0-2 FSF); Martin
advanced to second, out at third rf to 3b. Clarke struck out
looking (1-2 BSFK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Michigan 9th – Bullock doubled to right center (1-2 BFK). Blomgren
singled to third base, bunt (0-1 K); Bullock advanced to third.
Donovan struck out swinging (0-2 FSS). Thomas struck out swinging
(1-2 BKSS). Nwogu lined out to rf to right center (2-0 BB). 0 runs,
2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
Vanderbilt 9th – DeMarco doubled to left center (0-1 K). Scott out at
first 1b to p (0-1 F); DeMarco advanced to third. Criswell to p for
Henry. Ray flied out to cf, SF, RBI (0-1 K); DeMarco scored. Duvall
grounded out to ss (3-2 BKSFBB). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Vanderbilt Quotes

TIM CORBIN: Well, I think the difference was certainly
Tommy Henry. Their aggressiveness offensively, but
you have to give that kid a lot of credit. He threw a lot
of strikes. He minimized damage when he had to.
When he found himself in a little bit of trouble, he was
able to negate our offense. He did a really good job.
He didn’t allow many base runners, and as I said, he
just kind of forced the action a little bit with his fastball
and his off-speed stuff. He made it very difficult on us,
and they played some pretty good defense.
Offensively we got knocked back on our heels early
with the two-run first and second inning, and then I
thought Drake settled in pretty well, pitched out of a
jam one of those innings, but his pitch count rolled up
just because of the first couple of innings and kind of
negated his opportunity of going deeper into the
ballgame. And then I thought Michigan did a really
nice job of kind of playing some offense at the end of
the game. They were the aggressor. There’s no doubt
about that. Our guys know that.
That’s a good ball team right now. They’re playing very
confident, and they’re a good club.
Q. Tim, from where they came from, barely getting
in the tournament, you guys being preseason No.
1, having the target on your back, is it an easy
narrative to say they’re playing with nothing to
lose, the pressure is on you guys? I’m guessing
you didn’t see it that way.
TIM CORBIN: There’s no narrative. It’s baseball. It’s
one team playing better than the other. I don’t give a
crap where they came from. They got into the
tournament. Once they got into the tournament,
they’re a good team. Fresno State did it, Coastal
Carolina did it. It doesn’t matter. Once you get into the
tournament, then it’s a new lease on life. They played
well. They were the better team tonight.
Q. JJ, Coach said they were the aggressor. Do you
feel like that’s anything that you guys need to be
concerned about, maybe trying to be more of the
aggressor in Game 2?
JJ BLEDAY: You know, at this point it is what it is. Each
game has a different personality. They obviously came
out and got us, and credit to their guy. He’s been their
man all year. He put us away. Tomorrow is going to be
a new ballgame, and it’s going to be a different
personality to that game, and we’re just going to keep
doing what we’ve been doing all year.
Q. Drake, what was the difference for you in the
second and third time through the order compared
to how much trouble you had the first time
through?
DRAKE FELLOWS: It really just came down to
throwing strikes. I couldn’t find the strike zone really
well the first couple innings and kind of got in some
hitters’ counts and predictable counts, and they were
just jumping on the fastball and jumping on the pitches
they thought were coming in predictable counts.
Q. JJ, Tommy obviously was very effective against
the rest of the lineup. What do you think was the
key for him in terms of how much he was able to
keep your offense in check?
JJ BLEDAY: He just pounded the strike zone. When
you pound the strike zone and you throw a lot of
strikes, you force guys to hit, and that can get guys out
of their zone, and it can force you to do a little bit too
much.
Q. Tim, you guys haven’t been down 0-1 in quite a
while in a series. You talk a lot about experiences,
guys leaning on past experience. The Duke
experience, is that one do you think that will help
them being down 0-1 and fighting back?
TIM CORBIN: Yeah. I mean, I think our approach in
this tournament has been ever since the SEC
tournament, everything is a one-game tournament. I
mean, it doesn’t go any further than that.
Q. Tim, Michigan, five extra-base hits, six walks
tonight. Going forward obviously tomorrow and
maybe Game 3, how do you approach just how
challenging that lineup is to deal with 1 through 9?
TIM CORBIN: Well, you’ve just got to take command of
the count more than anything. We didn’t command the
count early, and they jumped us, and just our inability
to get on the right side of the count led them to some
very positive situations and aggressive swings.
But that was tonight. You know, as JJ said, tomorrow is
a different situation.
Q. Coach, you guys are 9-2 off losses this year. Is
there anything you like about the way your team
responds to losses in general?
TIM CORBIN: That word, respond. They’re an older
group. They’ve been in a hole before. Not many times,
but whether it’s during the course of the season or
during the course of games, they’ve been able to
navigate their way out of these situations.
We’ll see. This is a good opportunity, though.
Q. Tim, freshman in a situation like this, you had
this a couple weeks ago. Are you to the point
where you have comfort that Kumar would be in
this situation right now?
TIM CORBIN: He was a freshman in September. You
know, he’s pitched a lot of baseball games. I think age
is really not going to be the factor right now. I think the
biggest part of him is he’s been on the mound before
and he’s got confidence in himself. But he’s going to
have to pitch well against this team. They’re very
good.

Michigan Quotes

ERIK BAKICH: I thought another gutsy performance by
Tommy Henry. Just the thing about his last three
outings, for him to finish his Michigan career tonight,
the way he pitched and to know that he’s emptied the
tank for three straight years and poured his heart and
soul into our program, and we wouldn’t be here without
him, and to pitch with the flu and pneumonia in Los
Angeles, to do what he did against Florida State, to
pitch into the ninth inning tonight, just an incredible
performance.
And that’s what we needed, we needed a guy to put
the team on his back, so to speak. He’s been a great
captain, great leader, an inspiration to a lot of younger
pitchers about what hard work looks like, and showing
up here tonight.
In terms of the game, I thought Vanderbilt did a really
good job of minimizing our scoring opportunities even
though we got a lot of hits and scored seven runs.
There were a lot of other opportunities where they
made big pitches with runners in scoring position, and
just we didn’t cash in, which is why the score stayed so
close.
So you got to see — credit to their pitching staff —
elevating fastballs, burying breaking balls and just
coming up with some big zeros when the game
probably could have gotten a wider margin for sure,
and maybe even by a lot. Just the difference in two
games, a lot of two-out RBIs against Texas Tech, and
that wasn’t necessarily the case tonight.
But we did have some big plays, a huge hit, a two-run
home run by Jimmy Kerr when they started to get the
momentum back and Fellows was settling in, and we
needed that blast right there. And Jordan Brewer’s
throw was a huge throw at the time, and then Joe
Donovan’s home run for more insurance.
So we did have enough sparks and enough of big
plays, but just proud of our guys. That’s a really good
opponent, a historic team that they’ve got over there.
To come out on top tonight and take Game 1 was the
best way to start.
Q. Jordan, you guys scored first again, and it
seems to really work wonders for you. You drove
in that run with a double. The importance of that,
getting on the board, knowing you’ve got Tommy
going?
JORDAN BREWER: Yeah, I was excited. Once we got
going, I knew Tommy Henry — once we got the lead, it
was tough for him. Yeah, Coach Snider worked with
me, told me to say on the ball. And I stayed on the
ball, and good things happened. And then I had Jesse
flying around the bag. So it was awesome.
Q. Jimmy, this has been quite a ride for this whole
group. Your third home run here in Omaha. You
must just be feeling really good right now. What
did this one feel like, that home run in this setting,
in the CWS Finals, and how big do you think that
was to stem the tide of their comeback attempt?
JIMMY KERR: Yeah, other than that at-bat today, I had
four pretty rough at-bats, so it wasn’t my best day at the
plate. But when we got Tommy on the mound, you
don’t really worry about only being up one run. Our
team has so much trust in this pitching staff and how
they’ve performed in the postseason that we don’t have
a lot of pressure on ourselves because we know all we
need is a few-run lead and they’re going to take care of
the rest.
Yeah, it was a big hit, but we’re not worried about
putting up too many runs because we trust our
pitchers.
Q. Tommy, from your perspective, how big of a play
do you think that throw was that Jordan made? He
looked like he was fired up. How fired up did that
make all you guys?
TOMMY HENRY: I don’t think I’ve yelled that loud on
the baseball field in a long time. I mean, just how big
of a spot it was, how tough of a throw it was, and how
easy he made it look was awesome. Honestly, like
when I saw the guy rounding second base, in my head
I was saying eat it, eat it, eat it, but you’ve got to trust
Brewer’s arm, and he let it show. So it was a huge
moment, a huge momentum swing. Yeah, I owe him
dinner or something.
Q. Tommy, obviously the Florida State performance
is one thing, but Vanderbilt’s lineup is a little bit
different. What was the key for you tonight
navigating through when they were stringing
together some good at-bats and putting traffic on
the bases?
TOMMY HENRY: You know, Coach Fetter drew up a
really good game plan tonight, and the two of us just
tried to execute it as best we could. That’s a really
talented lineup 1 through 9, as good as it gets, so
there’s no breaks, no lapses throughout that entire
lineup.
And we just tried to do our best to keep them as off
balance as we possibly could, kind of throw the kitchen
sink at them and see what happens. And the defense
made a lot of good plays tonight on hard-hit balls, so it
worked out a little bit.
Q. Joe, you guys obviously weren’t too familiar
with Vanderbilt before this series. How do they
compare to other lineups you’ve faced? Just
statistically, they’re as good as you guys have
faced. Do you see it that way?
JOE DONOVAN: Yeah, Vanderbilt has got a great
team. And one of the great things about college
baseball today is that a lot of us have played on
summer teams and everything, so I’m sure Tommy has
faced a lot of these guys in the summer. I’ve played
with a few guys. But, yeah, whenever you face them,
whether it’s as a team at Vanderbilt or like in the
summer, they’re great hitters all around.
You look usually and hope when you look at the other
lineup that there’s a few batters that you can kind of
settle in on, and just they do not have any of those. I
mean, that says even more to Tommy because he’s
able to go through such a talented lineup and execute
the game plan so well.
Q. Joe, you had that walk in the second. You guys
have had a lot of those in Omaha. How important
is the play discipline piece to this team’s offensive
attack? Was that part of the game plan against
Fellows today, trying to drive up that pitch count
early?
JOE DONOVAN: I think as a team, we just try to hunt
fastballs as much as we can, and if it’s in the zone and
a good count, then just try to drive it. Coach said
there’s only two counts, there’s non-two-strike counts
and then there’s two-strike counts. If you’re in a nontwo-strike count and then you just look for a pitch that
you can smash, and if you are, you just try to fight off
as many as possible.
Like Jack Blomgren today is an example of that, using
two-strike counts, just fouled them off, fouled them off,
fouled them off. It’s so great for our entire team for that
because you’re able to get a guy’s pitch count so far
up, and Drake, who’s such a great pitcher, we were
able to get his pitch count pretty high and get into their
bullpen.
Q. Jimmy, you guys got Kumar Rocker tomorrow.
How do you prepare for him?
JIMMY KERR: Yeah, obviously everybody knows about
his performance in the super regional. Super talented
guy, all the tools in the world. But we’re going to break
him down tomorrow before the game and see where
our game plan goes from there. But we’re just ready to
keep taking it one pitch at a time because that’s how
we’ve gotten here so far.
Q. Coach, your team seems to play so loose and
they look like they’re having so much fun, even
considering this is the biggest game of their career
so far. Even when Jordan Brewer fell down
running to third base, he had a huge smile. How
do you keep the guys motivated to keep pushing
forward and keep having fun?
ERIK BAKICH: Those are all compliments. Everybody
has said that. Everybody has commented on that. You
guys look so loose, you guys look like you’re having a
lot of fun. And we are. We’ve been on the road for six
weeks and having the time of our lives. So we are
loose. I would say that it’s just the recognition of the
difference of when we weren’t loose and how we
played, and how we play when we are loose and what
a stark contrast it is in not only the execution on the
field but the enjoyment factor of playing the game.
I appreciate you saying that. I’m glad it’s noticeable. It
certainly feels that way in the dugout and on the field.
Q. Your guys are one win away. I’m sure they can
taste a national title. How do you handle the
psychology of that, them being this close?
ERIK BAKICH: Same thing we keep saying: Don’t
make this moment too big. We have to shrink the
moment, and this is what we’ve kept talking about,
shrinking the moment and making it just about baseball
and immersing these guys — these guys just need to
immerse themselves into each other.
That’s really all it is. And if it can be just about baseball
and just about immersing themselves into another one,
then they’re not thinking about winning a national
championship. They’re not thinking about what
happens, we’re about to win a regional at Corvallis and
then we start to get tight.
The way this has been working is to not get outside of
ourselves and not make things too big, and our guys
have done a great job of that. They know what they’re
playing for. These are — they know what the stakes
are. They know the stage. They know everything. But
they’re not acting like the stage and the lights and the
moment is too big because I think they’re doing a really
good job of just staying in the moment with each other
and having as much fun as they can and being as
loose as they possibly can.
Q. Erik, 18 walks between a bracket final and a
CWS final. Considering the level of pitching you’re
facing in those two games, what’s been the key to
kind of raising the level of the quality of your atbats
and just making tough outs 1 through 9?
ERIK BAKICH: Well, Joe alluded to it. We shrink the
zone with less than two strikes. We look for pitches to
smash. A lot of times that’s — could be a fastball, could
be an elevated mistake off-speed pitch, whatever. It
doesn’t always have to be a fastball. But shrinking the
zone, every hitter knows where they hit the ball the
hardest. For us it’s all about how hard you hit it. We
don’t care about launch angle, we just care about how
hard you hit it.
And understanding that having the discipline to try to
shrink the zone and just go after those pitches you can
hit the hardest with less than two strikes is going to put
you in good hitter’s counts. And when you do have two
strikes, we talk about it becoming a team at-bat. It’s no
longer your at-bat, it’s a team at-bat, and your job is to
get in there and be as gritty as you possibly can and
fight to win the next pitch and see another pitch.
If it means you’ve got to stick your butt out and foul a
pitch off, we’re not interested in twitter swings with two
strikes, we just want to be gritty. Gritty, not pretty.
Our guys have bought into that so well, and you see it
when it’s on display there, and having some of the two
strike battles that we had tonight that led to runs or led
to guys getting on base, I’m just so impressed with our
guys and how they fight pitch to pitch, especially with
two strikes. You shrink the zone with less than two
strikes, you expand the zone with two strikes, and you
just find a way to put the barrel on the ball. That’s it.
Our guys are doing a good job of that. We’ll have our
work cut out for us tomorrow because the deal with
Rocker is just the breaking ball is tough to pick up and
it’s late and it’s got depth. So we know he’s very good.
We know Fellows is very good, too, and the whole
pitching staff is good. The whole team is good. These
types of games, it’s who can play the best.
Q. Coach, you scored in the first inning on every
game of the College World Series and gone on to
win all four of those. How does an early lead
contribute to your team’s mindset and how they
play?
ERIK BAKICH: It’s the name of the game in sport,
score first and get a lead and expand a lead or get a
lead and keep a lead. It just opens up the offense a
little bit when guys are playing in a lead in any sport.
There’s some confidence there. There’s some mental
freedom there. You know, we’ve played with deficits, as
well. We had plenty of deficits along the way to get
here.
But, you know, scoring first is an offensive goal of ours
that we have every game. So we’ve been fortunate
that our guys have put some good at-bats together
early in the game and been able to take a lead. We’ll
certainly continue to be aggressive to look to get on the
board as quick as we can, but that definitely is an
advantage and allows us to open up the offense a little
more, be more aggressive in certain spots.
Q. There’s just a spirit and an emotion that your
team has on the field that’s been pretty noticeable
here. Is that just a result of them kind of playing
free, or what have you noticed about that and how
much has it contributed to your success in Omaha,
just their energy?
ERIK BAKICH: Yeah, it started a month ago. That
realization of when we play not to lose, we lose. When
we play loose and we compete as best we can and be
aggressive and shift the target from being tight and
squeezing it and thinking ahead instead of just
shrinking the moment and just immersing themselves
with one another, I think it all gets down to the
perspective that they gained when they were staring at
their season being over right in the face, one strike
away from not having any postseason, and the
perspective they got is they got another day together.
So it’s been one more game at a time, one more day
with each other. They’ve truly — they’ve celebrated
each day of the postseason like it’s been a gift because
it was a very — it was a reality. We were done. If we
don’t come back and beat Illinois and go 0-2 in the Big
Ten tournament, the season is over.
In fact, if we don’t beat Maryland the next day, the
season is still probably over. If we don’t beat Nebraska
in Game 1 of the double-header, the season might be
over. Every win that we got was critical. We were one
of the last four teams in.
So that told you that we needed all, whatever, 41 of
those wins, whatever it was, to make a run through the
losers’ brackets of the Big Ten tournament. Once we
were in, the guys already had that feeling. It was
already like — what started as relief in the walk-off win
against Illinois turned into that light bulb of what are we
doing? Why are we playing this way?
Coaches, too. We were tight, too. You could feel it.
Everybody. It was hand in hand. And now it’s the total
opposite, and now — we needed that. We needed that
moment to happen organically because we haven’t
navigated our way through the postseason before, so
it’s not like we could rely on experience. But now that
we’ve done this, it sure feels right, and it feels exactly
what you want in order to make this type of run, this is
the feeling that I would think these teams have. We
just want to hang on to it as long as we can.
Q. Is Criswell going tomorrow? How much does he
have left?
ERIK BAKICH: He could, yeah. I’ve got to talk to the
coaches. He threw nine pitches, so that’s what he did
against UCLA. He pitched an inning and started the
next day, so he’s certainly capable. We could go
Criswell or we could do a committee type of thing.
It’ll either be a righty or a lefty. We’ll let you know.
(Laughter).
Q. Despite one of your best all-around games, both
hitting and pitching, there was still a little bit left to
be desired. There was 12 runners left on base, the
base running didn’t always pay off. How difficult
can it be to corral the guys in and remember there
are lessons to be learned from every game after
such a great win like this?
ERIK BAKICH: Yeah, no, we debrief the game after
every game. They know we didn’t cash in on all of our
scoring opportunities. We could have been better. We
left a lot of runners on base and had runners in scoring
position with less than two outs and didn’t get the job
done and didn’t move runners when we could have.
We didn’t play as well as we could have, but we played
well enough. And so games like this, you want to —
there’s good and bad in every game, and, yeah, we
could have been better in certain spots tonight, but we
still did enough and made enough plays to where we
were able to come out on top, and so we’ll take it.

Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday, June 25

CWS Finals Game 2 – Vanderbilt vs. Michigan, 7 p.m. ET

Wednesday, June 26

CWS Finals Game 3 (if necessary) – Michigan vs. Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. ET

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