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Louisville baseball tops Illinois State to capture regional title

The Cards are now just two wins away from Omaha.

For the eighth time since 2007, the Louisville baseball team is headed to the super regionals. The eighth regional crown for the program may have been the most dramatic.

After losing to Illinois State on Saturday and losing closer Michael McAvene to a controversial ejection a day later, the Cards had to battle through even more adversity in Monday’s winner-take-all final.

U of L carried a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the 9th and was one out away from a regional title before a misplayed ball by center fielder Trey Leonard resulted in a run for Illinois State and the tying run to round all the way to third. The game was tied moments later on a bloop single to right, temporarily stunning the home crowd at Jim Patterson Stadium.

That same crowd was sent into a frenzy in the home half of the inning when Alex Binelas’ two out, bases loaded single kept the Cardinals’ season alive.

Louisville left fielder Jake Snider was named the regional’s Most Valuable Player.

U of L will host the winner of tonight’s regional final between No. 10 seed East Carolina and Campbell in the super regionals this weekend. The winner of that best of three series will move on to the College World Series in Omaha.

More coming.