Vanderbilt beats Michigan 4-1, forces Game 3 in CWS
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

(OMAHA) - The University of Michigan baseball team suffered its first loss at the College World Series Tuesday night as the Wolverines dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 2-ranked Vanderbilt in the second game of the CWS Finals at TD Ameritrade Park. Vanderbilt scored in three different innings and held Michigan to one seventh-inning run and four hits. Commodore starting pitcher Kumar Rocker kept the Wolverine offense at bay over 6.1 innings with 11 strikeouts and just two walks. Redshirt freshman Isaiah Paige started for the Wolverines for the first time since May 7 and tossed four strong innings with a career-high five strikeouts before he was lifted in the top of the fifth in favor of redshirt junior Benjamin Keizer. Five Michigan relievers combined for to throw five innings during which they allowed three runs on three hits. Michigan's four hits marked a season-low since a loss to Ohio State (one hit) to start the Big Ten Conference Tournament. The Wolverines and Commodores will meet up in a winner-take-all game three on Wednesday, with the winner earning the NCAA championship.