Corvallis, Ore. — Michigan used a five-run sixth inning to power past Cincinnati, 10-4, on Saturday night, putting the Wolverines a win from advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Super Regionals.
Ako Thomas had two hits and two RBIs, Jimmy Kerr had a hit and two RBIs and Riley Bertram had four hits for Michigan.
Jeff Criswell started and went 7.2 innings and allowed eight hits, four runs (three earned) and struck out nine.
Michigan (43-18) will play at 9 p.m. Sunday, against the winner of Sunday afternoon's Creighton-Cincinnati game.
Michigan needs one win to advance, while its opponent Sunday night would need to beat the Wolverines twice.
Mississippi State 7, Central Michigan 2
Starkville, Miss. — Ethan Small struck out 10 over six innings, Mississippi State’s offense pounded 16 hits and the Bulldogs rolled to a victory over Central Michigan on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.
The loss snapped Central Michigan's 19-game winning streak.
Mississippi State (48-13) scored four runs in the first inning and two more in the third to take a 6-0 advantage. Elijah McNamee started the scoring with a two-run double, Josh Hatcher had three hits and two RBIs and Tanner Allen had four hits, including a solo homer.
Small (9-2) continued his dominant season, running his season strikeout total to 160 over 96 innings.
Central Michigan (47-13) starter Cameron Brown (10-1) gave up 13 hits and six earned runs over 2.1 innings. Jason Sullivan hit a two-run homer for the Chippewas.
Mississippi State — where CMU athletic director Michael Alford played baseball —advances to the Starkville Regional championship game.
Central Michigan and Miami will play at 3 p.m. Sunday for the right to face the Bulldogs.
At Goss Stadium, Corvallis, Ore.
Game 1: Michigan 6, Creighton 0
Game 2: Cincinnati 7, Oregon State 6
Game 3: Creighton 4, Oregon State 1
Game 4: Michigan 10, Cincinnati 4
Game 5: Creighton vs. Cincinnati, 3 p.m.
Game 6: Michigan vs. Creighton-Cincinnati winner, 9 p.m.
Game 7: Michigan vs. Creighton-Cincinnati winner (if necessary), 10 p.m.
At Dudy Noble Field, Starkville, Miss.
Game 1: Mississippi State 11, Southern 6
Game 2: Central Michigan 6, Miami 5
Game 3: Miami 12, Southern 2
Game 4: Mississippi State 7, Central Michigan 2
Game 5: Central Michigan vs. Miami, 3 p.m.
Game 6: Mississippi State vs. Miami-Central Michigan winner, 9 p.m.
Game 7: Mississippi State vs. Miami-Central Michigan winner (if necessary), 7 p.m.