Michigan Wolverines play for NCAA regional baseball title in Oregon, Central Michigan eliminated in Mississippi
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Will Hanafan’s two-run single capped Creighton’s seven-run ninth inning and the No. 2 seed Bluejays beat Michigan 11-7 on Sunday night to avoid elimination in the NCAA Tournament’s Corvallis regional.
The teams play again today, with the winner advancing to a super regional against the winner of the Los Angeles regional, national No. 1 seed UCLA or Loyola Marymount.
No. 3 seed Michigan (43-19) took a three-run lead into the final inning before Creighton (41-12) erupted for seven runs.
After a walk by Hanafan and a single by Isaac Collins to lead off the inning, Jack Weisenburger came on to pitch for the Wolverines. Parker Upton walked to load the bases with no outs, Jake Holton hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Hanafan and Will Robertson doubled to deep left field, scoring Collins to trim Creighton’s deficit to 7-6.
Isaiah Paige replaced Weisenburger and, with runners on second and third, intentionally walked Jack Strunc. Jordan Hovey and Jason Allbery hit back-to-back RBI singles, Strunc scored on a wild pitch and, after Hovey was thrown out at home on Garrett Gilbert’s fielder’s choice to third base, Hanafan’s single made it 11-7.
Bobby Kametas (3-0) walked Christan Bullock to lead off the bottom of the inning before retiring the next three Michigan batters.
Michigan’s Riley Bertram went 2 for 5 with three RBIs, including a two-run double in the seventh that extended the lead to 6-2.
Creighton scored two runs in the eighth, but Jimmy Kerr’s solo homer in the bottom of the frame made it 7-4.
Kerr also hit a three-run shot in the bottom of the third inning that gave the Wolverines a 3-2 lead. He has four homers in the regional.
Miami 18, Central Michigan 3
At Starkville, Miss., Miami’s offense pounded out 18 hits, including six homers, in an elimination game Sunday.
Miami advances today to play Mississippi State for the regional championship, while CMU is done in the tourney.
Miami (41-19) jumped out to a 14-2 lead in the sixth inning. CMU (47-14) couldn’t score until the fifth.
Jordan Patty (4-3) took the loss, giving up eight runs over 3 2/3 innings.