Michigan's breakthrough at College World Series lights way for northern teams

Ako Thomas reacts after the Wolverines' loss to Vanderbilt. “We put in the same amount of work — maybe even more — than anyone else around the country,” Michigan outfielder Christan Bullock said.

Jeff Criswell

“The boys from the north can play,” Michigan pitcher Jeff Criswell said. “We knew it. It’s a special group of guys.”