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Michigan's Erik Bakich must go through coaching idol to advance at CWS

Free Press' Anthony Fenech and Corpus Christi Caller-Times' Quinton Martinez break down Michigan's 5-3 win over Texas Tech in CWS, June 15, 2019. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press

OMAHA, Neb. — Ever since he can remember following college baseball, Erik Bakich has idolized Mike Martin.

Martin, in his 40th season as Florida State head coach, is the sport’s all-time winningest head coach. Under his watch, the Seminoles have never missed an NCAA tournament and have advanced to the College World Series 16 times.

Now, with one more opportunity at an elusive national championship — Martin is retiring at the end of the season — Bakich and the Michigan baseball team are standing in the way.