Michigan Wolverines advance to College World Series by beating No. 1 UCLA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michigan is headed to the College World Series for the first time in 35 years after eliminating the nation’s top program.
Ako Thomas drove in two runs with a single and Tommy Henry pitched seven solid innings to propel the Wolverines to a 4-2 victory over UCLA on Sunday night in the third and deciding game of the Los Angeles super regional.
It will be the 46-20 Wolverines’ eighth CWS appearance but their first since 1984. It is also the first time since Indiana in 2013 that the Big 10 has had a team advance to Omaha.
The Bruins (52-11) are the seventh national top seed since the current format started in 1999 to not make it to the College World Series.
UCLA had 13 players selected in last week’s MLB draft, including seven everyday players and its top two starting pitchers.
Thomas’ one-out single up the middle off Kyle Mora (3-3) in the fifth inning drove in the deciding runs. Christian Bullock added two hits and scored two runs for Michigan.