CORVALLIS, Ore. — Jesse Franklin had four hits and three RBIs in Monday's championship game to help Michigan beat Creighton 17-6 in the Corvallis regional.
No. 3 seed Michigan wasn't about to squander a 12-run lead. Less than 24 hours after allowing seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to No. 2 seed Creighton in an 11-7 loss that forced a deciding game, the Wolverines' offensive prowess was decisive with 13 hits.
Michigan (44-19) advanced to a best-of-three super regional series with a berth in the College World Series on the line.
The Wolverines overcame a 4-1 early deficit with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. They erupted for four runs in the sixth and six more in the seventh to take a commanding 17-5 lead.
Michigan scored 40 runs and swatted eight homers in its four regional games. Jimmy Kerr, who had four homers and nine RBIs in the regional, was named the most outstanding player of the regional.
The Bluejays (41-13) were led by Jack Strunc, who was 3 for 4 with two homers and three RBIs. Playing a fifth game in four days, the Big East champions utilized eight pitchers.
Oklahoma State 3, UConn 1: Carson McCusker's two-run double broke a sixth-inning tie and sent Oklahoma State to a 3-1 win over Connecticut in the NCAA Oklahoma City regional on Monday night.
The No. 9 national seed Cowboys (39-19) advance to the best-of-three super regionals this weekend at No. 8 Texas Tech. UConn (39-25) had won three straight elimination games before their season-ending loss.
Joe Lienhard (4-1) allowed one run on five hits and a walk in six innings. Peyton Battenfield pitched three innings of no-hit relief for his fifth save.
UConn's Anthony Prato singled in a run to open the scoring in the fifth, but the Cowboys evened it in the bottom half against Caleb Wurster. McCusker delivered his go-ahead double off CJ Dandeneau (4-2).
The Cowboys are in super regionals for the first time since 2016.