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Erik Bakich, Bo Schembechler, and a Michigan baseball awakening

OMAHA, Neb. – He has been pulled in different directions since Michigan baseball landed here on Wednesday night, first heading across the tarmac to the Vanderbilt plane to say hello to Tim Corbin, a mentor, and Corbin’s wife, Maggie.

Erik Bakich has taken U-M to the College World Series, seven years after saying he would in his job interview.

The next morning, he’s at a local high school, hitting infield practice and signing autographs, taking pictures with toddlers and talking to reporters. He will have a couple hours to relax afterwards, but his schedule is jam-packed: News conferences, photo shoots, the Tigers-Royals game, a morning workout at TD Ameritrade Park, an autograph session, an evening barbeque, the opening ceremonies and however many meet-and-greets and “Go Blue!