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Texas Tech vs. Michigan: College World Series Preview

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Arkansas vs Texas Tech

The only thing that can beat Texas Tech in this game is Texas Tech itself. The Red Raiders are 7-0 all-time against Michigan, including a three-game sweep in Lubbock earlier this season. Michigan may have a little bit of a home field advantage having played in TD Ameritrade Park during the Big Ten Tournament. Spoiler alert: Ohio State won that tournament without even being considered on the bubble. The Buckeyes, out of a Power Five conference, received the worst seed in the Nashville Regional. The Big Ten is not known for its baseball prowess. Sure, the Wolverines took two out of three on the road against No.1 UCLA. The Bruins were extremely vulnerable though and did not look like a No.1 seed throughout the tournament. Many would argue that Vanderbilt earned the No.1 seed, and the Commodores answered to the committee by breezing to Omaha with one minor slip up against a solid Duke pitching staff.

 

Michigan had two pitchers drafted within the top 80 picks of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Neither of those pitchers made it past five innings of work against the Red Raiders. Tommy Henry, drafted 74th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks, lasted 4.2 innings against the high octane Texas Tech lineup. Karl Kauffman, drafted 77th overall by the Colorado Rockies and probable Saturday starter, lasted just five. Tech tagged Kauffman for five earned runs on nine hits and a walk.  Only three of his 101 strikeouts this season came against Tech. Tim Tadlock’s team dominated Michigan, outscoring the Wolverines by 19 runs.

Meanwhile, freshman starter Micah Dallas dominated the Wolverines despite only pitching five innings. He allowed one earned run, a home run, while striking out seven. The Wolverines managed three hits against a pitcher who had only been playing collegiately for a month. If Michigan wins, it would be a true upset and a complete shock. Expect a Texas Tech win and a game two matchup against the hottest team in the land, Florida State.

No.8 Texas Tech (44-18) vs. Michigan (46-20)

College World Series Game 1, 1 p.m.

TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Nebraska

Television: ESPN

Texas Tech Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network

Head Coaches

Michigan: Eric Bekich (255-260-1 in 7 seasons)

Texas Tech: Tim Tadlock (283-150 in 7 seasons)

Probables

Michigan: Jr. RHP Karl Kauffman: 10-6, 2.59 ERA, 114.2 IP, 101 K, 30 BB

Texas Tech: Fr. RHP Micah Dallas: 7-0, 3.38 ERA, 72.0 IP, 82 K, 26 BB

Closers

Michigan: Willie Weiss: 9 saves, 3.08 ERA, 2-2, 26 appearances, 38.0 IP, 50 K, 32 BB

Texas Tech: Clayton Beeter: 8 saves, 3.20 ERA, 0-3, 20 appearances, 19.2 IP, 39 K, 19 BB

 

Michigan Projected Lineup:

1.Jordan Nwogu, DH (.327 avg., 12 HR, 43 RBIs)

2.Jesse Franklin, CF (.254 avg., 12 HR, 49 RBIs)

3.Jordan Brewer, RF (.338 avg., 12 HR, 55 RBIs)

4.Jimmy Kerr, 1B (.269 avg., 12 HR, 56 RBIs)

5.Blake Nelson, 3B (.299 avg., 1 HR, 35 RBIs)

6.Christian Bullock, LF (.296 avg., 2 HR, 14 RBIs)

7.Jack Blomgren, SS (.309 avg., 3 HR, 47 RBIs)

8.Joe Donovan, C (.245 avg., 8 HR, 36 RBIs)

9.Ako Thomas, 2B (.262 avg., 2 HR, 28 RBIs)

Texas Tech Projected Lineup:

1. Dylan Neuse, CF (.307 avg., 8 HR, 51 RBIs)

2. Brian Klein, 2B (.317 avg., 1 HR, 54 RBIs)

3 Josh Jung, SS (.342 avg., 14 HR, 56 RBIs)

4. Cameron Warren, 1B (.354 avg., 17 HR, 76 RBIs)

5. Cody Masters, DH (.303 avg., 5 HR, 27 RBIs)

6. Dru Baker, 3B (.326 avg., 3 HR, 23 RBIs)

7. Kurt Wilson, LF (.243 avg., 4 HR, 16 RBIs)

8. Tanner O’Tremba, RF (.267 avg., 2 HR, 20 RBIs)

9. Braxton Fulford, C (.292 avg., 4 HR, 33 RBIs)

MLB Draft Picks

Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech, 1st round, 8th overall pick, Texas Rangers

Tommy Henry, LHP, Michigan, Compensatory Pick Round B, 74th overall pick, Arizona Diamondbacks

Karl Kauffman, RHP, Michigan, Compensatory Pick Round B, 77th overall pick, Colorado Rockies

Jordan Brewer, CF, Michigan, 3rd round, 106th overall pick, Houston Astros

Gabe Holt, CF, Texas Tech, 7th round, 223rd overall pick, Milwaukee Brewers

Caleb Killian, P, Texas Tech, 8th round, 236th overall pick, San Francisco Giants

Taylor Floyd, P, Texas Tech, 10th round, 313th overall pick, Milwaukee Brewers

John McMillon, OF, Texas Tech, 11th round, 322nd overall pick, Detroit Tigers

Caleb Freeman, P, Texas Tech, 15th round, 440th overall pick, Chicago White Sox

Jack Wetsenburger, RHP, Michigan, 20th round, 614th overall pick, Oakland Athletics

Cameron Warren, 1B, Texas Tech, 22nd round, 654th overall pick, Cincinnati Reds

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