The Michigan Wolverines knocked off the Florida State Seminoles Monday night by a score of 2-0 in Omaha.
Starting things off in the top of the first: after Jordan Nwogu grounded out to third, Jesse Franklin launched the first pitch he saw over the right field fence to give Michigan the early lead once again. The lefty Tommy Henry, the only player to beat UCLA twice this season, took the mound for the Wolverines and pitched himself out of a lead-off double to leave the first unscathed. Michigan 1-0
Michigan had runners reach second base in the second and third innings but wasn’t able to capitalize. Meanwhile, Henry rolled effortlessly through both, holding the line. The fourth proved to much of the same.
Finally, in the fifth, Michigan broke through again. Jordan Nwogu and Jesse Franklin hit ground ball singles to right, and with two outs, Jimmy Kerr joined in on the fun to score Nwogu with Franklin advancing to third. In the bottom of the frame, Henry settled in after giving up a lead-off single. Michigan 2-0
The sixth inning continued the trend of low-action innings. Florida State escaped the top of the seventh, and managed to get a two-out base runner on second after a ground rule double. However, once again Tommy Henry slammed the door shut with a clutch strikeout utilizing a wicked breaking ball.
The Wolverines went 1-2-3 in the eighth, but... yeah.... you can guess what happened next. Tommy Henry continued his one-man rampage through the Seminoles’ lineup taking Michigan’s lead into the final frame.
After another inning of cool bats, Henry stepped back onto the mound to try to wrap this one up. Facing the heart of the order, Henry began things off by striking out the Seminoles’ #3 hitter on four pitches. Ako Thomas’ defense once again rose to the occasion as the senior second baseman made another diving stop to steal a base hit. This time, off the hop, he delivered an easy throw to first for the second out. Fittingly, the game would end in yet another Tommy Henry strike-out.
A complete game shut-out (10 k’s to only 3 hits) has the Wolverines’ just nine innings away from the national championship. They will play the winner of Florida State and Texas Tech later in the week.