The Louisville Baseball Cards defeated Kentucky 4-1 last night and will host the NCAA Super Regional next weekend against the winner of today’s elimination game between Alabama and Kennesaw State. Freshman left-hander Josh Rogers (3-3) pitched 6.0+ innings, allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Junior lefty Kyle McGrath pitched two scoreless innings before junior closer Nick Burdi worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 15th save of the season. Burdi’s 15th save gave him 31 saves in his collegiate career, extending his school record total. UK’s Logan Salow took the loss for the Cats, allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks in 6.0 innings pitched.
At the plate, senior third baseman Alex Chittenden led the Cardinals going 3-for-5 with one RBI, while freshman designated hitter Nick Solak added a single, a walk, one RBI, and one run scored. Senior outfielder Cole Sturgeon also chipped in with a single and a run scored in Sunday’s finale, and earned Most Outstanding Player honors of the NCAA Louisville Regional. Also on the All-Tournament team were sophomore pitcher Kyle Funkhouser, junior second baseman Zach Lucas, junior shortstop Sutton Whiting, and freshman outfielder Corey Ray.
Here is the full recap from GoCards.com:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Matched against long-time rival Kentucky for the first time outside the regular season, the top-seeded Louisville baseball team continued its trend of postseason success with a 4-1 win in Sunday night’s NCAA Regional title game at Jim Patterson Stadium.
In a game delayed nearly four hours due to lightning and rain, the Cardinals (48-15) plated three runs in a pivotal seventh inning to win its fourth NCAA Regional in the last eight years under the direction of head coach Dan McDonnell. With the victory, Louisville will host an NCAA Super Regional for the second time in school history when the winner of the Alabama-Kennesaw State matchup in Monday’s finale at the Tallahassee Regional (noon ET) visits Jim Patterson Stadium. The best-of-three series will begin either Friday or Saturday with the complete schedule to be released by the NCAA on Tuesday.
All-Session tickets for the Louisville Super Regional are currently on sale. Fans can purchase all-session tickets online here, by phone (502-GO-CARDS) or through the UofL Ticket Office. All-session tickets for the Super Regional are $45 for reserved chairback seats, $25 for general admission and outfield berm seating and $15 for college students.
Making his third start of the season against the Wildcats, freshman lefty Josh Rogers (New Albany, Ind.) delivered a dominant performance on Sunday night allowing only one run on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks in 6.0+ innings to improve to 3-3 on the season. The performance avenged a pair of earlier losses against Kentucky for Rogers, who made his third straight quality start for the Cardinals and was among six Louisville players named to the NCAA Louisville Regional All-Tournament Team.
At the plate, senior third baseman Alex Chittenden (Indianapolis, Ind.) paced the Cardinals going 3-for-5 with one RBI, while freshman designated hitter Nick Solak (Woodridge, Ill.) added a single, a walk, one RBI and one run scored. After chipping in with a single and a run scored in Sunday’s finale, senior outfielder Cole Sturgeon (Owensboro, Ky.) was chosen as the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Louisville Regional. Also on the All-Tournament Team was sophomore pitcher Kyle Funkhouser (Oak Forest, Ill.), junior second basemanZach Lucas (Louisville, Ky.), junior shortstop Sutton Whiting (New Wilmington, Pa.) and freshman outfielder Corey Ray (Chicago, Ill.).