May 29, 2013
Michigan, winners of the 2005 national championship and the No. 8 national seed in this year's bracket, take on top-seed and 2012 national runner-up Oklahoma at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. The Wolverines appear in the WCWS for the 10th time overall, and first since 2009, and boast a 3-2 record against this year's WCWS field. The Wolverine program has been a regular at the WCWS as each recruiting class since 1991 has appeared at the national event at least once in their careers.
Nebraska, the No. 14 seed in this year's field, will make its seventh official appearance in the WCWS, having last made the trip to Oklahoma City in 2002. The Huskers help kickoff the opening game of the 2013 event when they take on No. 11 Washington at Noon. Nebraska is 3-2 this year against the eight-team field, having won two games against Michigan this year, while also knocking off top-seeded Oklahoma in non-conference play. The Huskers have won 45 games this season, marking the most since 2004 and fifth-most in program history.