MI coach Eric Bakich said Blomgren broke his finger sliding into second base, but after running briefly into the dugout, he returned to the game with his fingers taped and eventually recorded the final out with the tying run on base. The Wolverines got an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament anyways.
MI didn't win the Big Ten.
"To say we're excited is an understatement", MI coach Erik Bakich said. "Every team wants to catch lightning in a bottle and play their best baseball at the end of the year, and this team did it". "They were all tight games".
The Arkansas Razorbacks take batting practice, prior to game two of the College World Series Championship Series against the Oregon State Beavers on June 27, 2018 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. "The confidence we got from that (win against Illinois), we have just been able to ride that momentum all the way to this point". U-of-M lost 5-4 in 12 innings Saturday after winning Friday's series opener 3-2. This was the first weekend series they had dropped this season.
The Wolverines took a 3-2 lead in the fifth Sunday and did not allow a run after the third inning. "He plays through anything. He is as tough as they come".
Henry (10-5) - who was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round of last week's Major League Baseball draft - was battling a virus for most of the week but wasn't going to miss the deciding game. Blomgren got picked off first base, but MI caught a break as the Bruins botched the rundown and allowed him to dive safely into second.
MI also beat UCLA 7-5 on March 8. Christian Bullock added two hits and scored two runs for MI.
Three players were selected in the first three rounds.
It will be the 46-20 Wolverines' eighth CWS appearance but their first since 1984. "No one expected us to win and it shows the belief in ourselves and how we have to grit our way to wins", Henry said.