For a third straight season, the Louisville baseball team is headed to the super regional round of the NCAA Tournament after posting a perfect 3-0 record in regional play. Josh Rogers gave a stellar 7 inning effort and the U of L offense pounded out 14 hits as the Cards hammered Michigan 13-4 in Sunday's regional final at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The victory means more postseason baseball in the Derby City, as Louisville will host the winner of the Fullerton region (Cal State Fullerton is in the driver's seat there) for a best-of-3 series next weekend. U of L swept its home super regional against Kennesaw State last season, and has a won a total of 11 straight NCAA Tournament games at Jim Patterson.
Nick Solak and Brendan McKay combined to do the most damage Louisville on Sunday, combining to go 5-for-8 at the dish with six RBI. Solak started the Cardinal scoring with a solo blast in the home half of the 2nd inning.
Despite the efforts of those two usual stars, it was freshman shortstop Devin Hairston who was named the regional's Most Valuable Player. The Lexington native entered the weekend hitting just .195, but went 4-for-4 against Morehead State and ended the tournament with three doubles.
More in a bit, but here's a final look at how the regional played out:
NCAA Baseball Louisville Regional
Friday, May 29
Game 1: No. 3 Michigan 10, No. 2 Bradley 5
Game 2: No. 1 Louisville 7, No. 4 Morehead State 2
Saturday, May 30
Game 3: No. 2 Bradley 9, No. 4 Morehead State 4 (Morehead State eliminated)
Game 4: No. 1 Louisville 4, No. 3 Michigan 3
Sunday, May 31
Game 5: No. 3 Michigan 4, No. 2 Bradley 3 (Bradley eliminated)
Game 6: No. 1 Louisville 13, No. 3 Michigan 4 (Michigan eliminated)