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Michigan set to face Texas Tech in College World Series on Friday

Michigan is one win away from heading to the College World Series Championship

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The Michigan baseball team has been on a roll of late, and are just one win away from reaching the College World Series Championship.

After the Florida State vs Texas Tech game concluded on Wednesday night, Michigan was able to find out who they’ll be playing on Friday. Texas Tech’s 4-1 victory over FSU eliminated the Seminoles, and the Red Raiders will be facing Michigan on Friday at 2 ET.

Michigan beat Texas Tech last week 5-3, and in this double elimination tourney, Tech would have to beat Michigan twice since Michigan hasn’t lost yet. If Michigan loses on Friday, they would play Texas Tech again on Saturday in what would be an elimination game. The Wolverines are fresh off a dominating 2-0 performance against Florida State where pitcher Tommy Henry threw a complete game, three-hit, shutout.

Michigan’s chances of making the final phase of the CWS is greatly aided by how things have unfolded for them. They won their first two games, which gives them four days of rest before the Texas Tech game on Friday. This will allow Michigan to have two great options at starting pitcher in their arsenal for Friday and potentially Saturday. While Tommy Henry has been a tournament hero, the likes of Karl Kauffmann and Jeff Criswell have been lights out this season as well. Kauffmann and Criswell both have sub 2.70 ERA’s and have both struck out over 100 batters.

It has been an incredible run for Michigan, and their chances of winning the whole thing are as good as any team that’s left in the tournament.