Michigan spread its runs across five innings and handled Creighton 6-0 in the opening game of the Corvallis Regional at the NCAA baseball tournament Friday in Corvallis, Oregon.
Michigan starter Karl Kauffmann pitched 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball, striking out seven and throwing 123 pitches.
Christian Bullock hit a two-run homer in the top of the second inning, and the Wolverines added single runs in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Jordan Brewer, the Big Ten player of the rear, was sidelined with turf toe, but the Wolverines displayed plenty of power in his absence with three homers.
Jordan Nwogu hit an opposite-field solo homer in the fifth to increase the lead to 4-0. Jimmy Kerr also hit a solo homer for in the sixth.
Creighton managed six hits, all singles, by six different players. The Bluejays (38-12) left seven runners on base.
Mitch Ragan allowed five earned runs in six innings of work.
Creighton plays the Cincinnati-Oregon loser at 3 p.m. Saturday. Michigan (42-18) plays at 9 p.m. Saturday.
UCLA 5, Omaha 2: UCLA scored three runs in the fifth inning and two in the sixth, and squelched an Omaha push in the ninth inning to win at the Los Angeles Regional.
Brett Bonar hit an RBI single with one out in the ninth to pull Omaha within 5-2, but the next two batters made outs to end the threat.
Bonar finished with two of the Mavericks' five hits. Breyden Eckhout hit a solo homer in the fourth inning.
Omaha starter Payton Kinney pitched six innings, striking out eight but yielding all five runs.
Omaha (31-23-1) plays Baylor (34-17) at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Illinois State 8, Indiana 7: Joe Aeilts hit a go-ahead, RBI double in the top of the eighth inning, and Illinois State recovered from blowing a five-run lead to beat Indiana in the Louisville Regional in Kentucky.
Aeilts delivered the last of three doubles for the hard-hitting Redbirds (35-24), who collected 18 hits and led 7-2 after six innings. Second-seeded Indiana (36-22) tied it with a five-run seventh in which it scored twice on bases-loaded walks and another run on a hit batsman. Derek Parola, who had two RBIs, singled to lead off the eighth for No. 3 ISU before Aeilts doubled to left off Connor Manous.
Dalton Harvey (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief for the victory as five Redbird pitchers combined for 18 strikeouts.
Clemson 8, Illinois 4: At the Oxford Regional in Mississippi, Kyle Wilkie and Grayson Byrd both drove in three runs, Davis Sharpe pitched 6 2/3 innings in relief and Clemson beat Illinois.
Clemson (35-24) jumped ahead 4-2 in the third inning and never trailed again. Michael Green and Byrd both homered during the decisive rally.
Vanderbilt 8, Ohio State 2: At the Nashville Regional, Julian Infante hit a home run as seven different Commodores drove in a run apiece, and top-seeded Vanderbilt beat Ohio State.
Now Ohio State, with an automatic bid as the lowest seed to win the Big Ten Tournament, faces McNeese, a 6-5 loser to No. 2 seed Indiana State, in an elimination game Saturday.
Ohio State tied it at 2-all on a Conner Pohl home run in the second. Vanderbilt answered in the bottom of the inning with Stephen Scott scoring on a sacrifice fly by Harrison Ray and then Infante's homer.
Omaha vs. UCLA: The Mavericks (31-22-1) and UCLA (47-8) played in a Los Angeles Regional game that was not completed at press time.