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'It's a statement': Michigan opens CWS with win over Texas Tech

(Photo: Nati Harnik, Associated Press)

Omaha, Neb. — For a team that has thrived on theatrics all year, Michigan’s 5-3 victory over Texas Tech, its first College World Series victory since 1983, required surprisingly little drama.

The Wolverines scored in the top of the first and never relinquished the lead Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park. Karl Kauffmann delivered seven solid innings and was backed by peerless defense as Michigan won the tournament’s opening game.

The Wolverines will next play at 7 Monday against the winner of Saturday night’s game between Arkansas and Florida State.