LOS ANGELES — Ako Thomas drove in two runs with a single, Tommy Henry pitched seven solid innings and Michigan is headed to the College World Series for the first time in 35 years after defeating top-seeded UCLA 4-2 on Sunday night in the 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.
UCLA (52-11) is the seventh national top seed since the current format started in 1999 to not make it to the College World Series. The last time it happened was 2015 when the Bruins were eliminated in regional play.
Thomas’ one-out single up the middle off Kyle Mora (3-3) in the fifth inning drove in the deciding runs. Henry (10-5) — who was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round of last week’s MLB draft — allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out six.
Christian Bullock added two hits and scored two runs for Michigan. The junior left fielder tripled to left center to lead off the ninth and added an insurance run when he scored on Joe Donovan’s sacrifice fly.
The Wolverines struck first in the second. Blake Nelson walked with one out, advanced to third on Bullock’s double and scored on a fielder’s choice by Jack Blomgren. The Bruins tied it in the second when Jake Pries homered to left-center off Henry.
UCLA took a 2-1 lead in the third when Garrett Mitchell tripled to right and came home on Ryan Kreidler’s groundout.
Jeremy Ydens had three hits for UCLA. Nick Nastrini started for the Bruins and yielded two runs on one hit.
Other Super Regionals
Florida State coach Mike Martin, the all-time wins leader in all NCAA sports, will get one more shot at winning his first national championship before he retires.
The Seminoles continued their improbable postseason surge with a 5-4 win over LSU in 12 innings Sunday night to complete a two-game super regional sweep and run their record to 5-0 in the national tournament.
Now, Martin and his team are off to Omaha, Nebraska, for the College World Series. It’s the 23rd trip for the program and 17th for Martin.
Florida State (41-21) has reached the NCAA Tournament in each of Martin’s 40 seasons, but barely got in this year. An up-and-down regular season and a so-so resume left the Seminoles vulnerable on selection day, and they were awarded one of the last four at-large bids.
Austin Martin hit two of Vanderbilt’s five home runs in a 13-2 win over Duke the day after the Commodores’ Kumar Rocker threw the first no-hitter in the 20-year super regional era.
Texas Tech’s Kurt Wilson hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning for the fifth and final lead change in an 8-6 win over Oklahoma State.
Mississippi and North Carolina also won and evened their series to force Game 3s on Monday.