After a disapponting 5-8 finish to a B1G season that started out 10-0, Michigan has but one way to make the NCAA Tournament: win the B1G Tournament.
The 3 seed giants got off to a rocky start today, as a pitching change was needed just 1.1 innings in when Tommy Henry was struck by a comebacker and left the game (he still managed to get the out though).
Iowa took advantage and got on the board with an unearned run to go up 1-0.
But the freshman phenom Jesse Franklin took the game into his own hands. He jacked a solo home run in the bottom of the 4th into the right field seats at TD Ameritrade Park, to tie the game at 1-1.Something interesting to note: this park in Omaha is also the annual site of the College World Series and it is notorious for being difficult to hit home runs in.
The game stayed at 1-1 and went all the way into extra innings.
After Iowa walked two consecutive Wolverine batters, Jonathan Engelmann got on with a base hit and Michigan had bases loaded with one out and Jesse Franklin up to bat.
He predictably ended it with a fly ball deep into RF that allowed Christian Bullock to come home and score, with the Wolverine dugout pouring onto the field celebrating the 2-1 Michigan win.
3 Michigan advances to the B1G Tournament Quarterfinals and will play 2 Purdue tomorrow at 6pm. Michigan closed the regular season at Purdue last weekend and was swept. We'll see if we can get the all-important tournament win.