Jesse Franklin had four hits and three RBIs in last night’s Corvallis, Oregon Regional Championship Game as Michigan routed Creighton 17-6.
Less than 24 hours after allowing seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to the Bluejays in an 11-7 loss that forced a deciding game, the Wolverines’ offensive prowess was decisive by scoring all their runs between the third and seventh innings. Michigan advanced to a best-of-three super regional series against UCLA next weekend with a berth in the College World Series on the line. They overcame a 4-1 early deficit with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning then erupted for four runs in the sixth and six more in the seventh inning to take a commanding 17-5 lead. The Wolverines scored 40 runs and swatted eight homers in its four regional games. Jimmy Kerr, who had four homeruns and nine RBIs in the regional, was named the most outstanding player of the regional. Creighton was led by Jack Strunc, who was 3-4 with two homers and three RBIs. Teammate Will Robertson extended his hit streak to 21 games with a homerun in the second inning. John Sakowski took the loss for the Bluejays. Playing a fifth game in four days, the BIG EAST champions used eight pitchers on the evening. Michigan improves to 44-19 while Creighton’s season ends at 41-13.