LOS ANGELES (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines blew a 3-1 lead Saturday night and eventually lost a 5-4 decision in 12 innings in Game 2 of their best-of-three series for the Super Regional championship. The winner of Sunday's Game 3 will move on to the field of eight in Omaha at the College Baseball World Series. Michigan, now 45-20 on the season, had beaten UCLA 3-2 in the series opener on Friday night to grab a 1-0 lead.
UCLA has been college baseball's No. 1 ranked team for the past 12 weeks and also rebounded from a Game 1 loss last weekend in a double elimination tournament at the Regional round. UCLA also had home field advantage last weekend at its Jackie Robinson Stadium where a sell-out crowd was on hand for Saturday night. UCLA stranded 15 UM runners on base and couldn't take advantage of four UM errors and 10 walks. The Bruins had the bases loaded in the 11th inning with nobody out but UM pulled off a double play to keep it tied up at 4-4.
Michael Toglia's solo home run for UCLA in the 8th inning tied the game at 3-3 and the Bruins then went ahead 4-3 in the top of the 9th when UM leftfielder Chase Bullock misplayed a two-out fly ball to allow an unearned run.
Michigan promptly rallied to tie it in the bottom of the 9th when last weekend's Oregon State Regional MVP Jimmy Kerr led off with a double , advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Blake Nelson sacrifice and scored on a RBI sacrifice fly by Jack Blomgren. Sophomore catcher Joe Donovan, who had ripped a two-run homer in the 2nd inning to give UM a 3-1 lead, smacked a shot to the left field warning track with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning that nearly won it for the Wolverines. They surrendered another unearned run to lose it in the 12th.
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