UofL BASEBALL | Cards Advance to Fifth-Straight Super Regional

06/05/2017 12:37 AM

It may not have been easy, but the Cardinals found a way to win.

Louisville (50-10) earned an 8-7 victory over Xavier (34-27) on Sunday night in a back-and-forth contest.

With the victory, the Cards advance to their fifth-straight Super Regional.

After a scoreless three innings, Xavier got the scoring started in the top of the fourth courtesy of a Nick Soria single that scored Joe Gellenbeck and Mitch Gallagher. The Musketeers found themselves with a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth, but the Cards responded.

Josh Stowers hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the frame to give Louisville its first lead of the night.

After Xavier scored a run in each of the next two innings, UofL found itself trailing again, but like in the bottom of the fourth, the Cards responded.

UofL scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to three separate RBI singles from Jake Snider, Logan Taylor and Brendan McKay, giving the Cards a 6-4 lead heading into the seventh.

Xavier though would not go away quietly, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh, to give itself a 7-6 lead.

Then, Stowers came up big again for the Cardinals. In the bottom of the seventh, Stowers had a RBI double, which scored Colin Lyman.

Two batters later, UofL took the lead for the good, after Taylor had another RBI single, this time bringing home Stowers.

Relief pitcher Lincoln Henzman was able to hold off Xavier the rest of the game. Henzman pitched 2.2 innings, striking out three en route to his third victory of the season.

UofL will face the winner of the Lexington Regional in the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Lexington Regional champion will be determined on Monday night, when Kentucky plays NC St. in an elimination game.

The dates and times of the Super Regional match-ups will likely be announced early Tuesday.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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