OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Jimmy Kerr's first triple in two years helped Michigan build an early lead, Karl Kauffmann pitched seven innings and the Wolverines opened their first Men's College World Series appearance since 1984 with a 5-3 win over Texas Tech on Saturday.
These Wolverines (47-20) were swept in a three-game series at Texas Tech in March and were winless in seven all-time meetings. But they built a 4-0 lead in the third and Kauffmann and Jeff Criswell worked out of trouble when the Red Raiders (44-19) threatened.
Michigan scored on a sacrifice fly in the first and broke things open in the third when Kerr drove a ball just inside the right-field line into the corner for a two-out, two-run triple.
Brian Klein's second homer of the season, and first since March 10, cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom half, and the Red Raiders were within a run in the sixth on an RBI groundout after Josh Jung's infield single and Cameron Warren's double.
Michigan got that run back when a wild pitch and Jung's throwing error from shortstop allowed Jesse Franklin to score.
Kauffman (11-6), the Colorado Rockies' second-round draft pick earlier this month, allowed three runs and eight hits and won his third straight start. He got out of potential trouble in the fifth, thanks to second baseman Ako Thomas, who robbed Dylan Neuse with a diving catch of a line drive up the middle.
Criswell, who made his first career relief appearance in super regionals, took over in the eighth and earned his second save. Texas Tech, the Big 12 champion and No. 8 national seed, had runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth when Criswell struck out Brian Klein to end the game.
Texas Tech freshman Micah Dallas' three-inning start was his shortest of the season. Dallas (7-1) allowed four runs, three earned.
The Red Raiders played their second game without leadoff man and right fielder Gabe Holt, who had surgery Monday for a left thumb injury.
TTU will face Arkansas on Monday at 1 p.m. CT on ESPN.