Cards squeeze by the Hurricanes 6-4

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The University of Louisville baseball team scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and then survived a late scare from Miami to beat the Hurricanes 6-4 in a winners' bracket game of the NCAA Tournament regional at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Cardinals are undefeated and will play the winner of the Miami-Oklahoma State game on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the regional final.

The University of Louisville baseball team is one win from making it out of the NCAA Regionals and into a Super Regional.

The Cardinals are the only undefeated team in the four-team regional after scoring six runs – on just two hits – in the bottom of the seventh inning and scoring a 6-4 victory over Miami before 2,581 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium.

After just two hits through six innings, the Cardinals started the bottom of the seventh when Coco Johnson was hit by a pitch. Jeff Gardner then hit a hot shot to first base that couldn't be handled and Johnson moved to second.

Cole Sturgeon then attempting to bunt was hit on the hand to load the bases. Kyle Gibson then grounded out to third, forcing Johnson out at the plate.

First baseman Zak Wasserman then walked, scoring Gardner. Sutton Whiting then plated Sturgeon on a squeeze bunt before Adam Engel walked to score Gibson. Nick Ratajczak then doubled to left, scoring two more runs.

It was a good thing the Cardinals scored the extra runs. Miami scored three in the top of the eighth but Nick Burdi came in to strike out two batters to end the inning. Burdi then retired the side to pick up his 15th save of the season.

Freshman Kyle Funkhouser (5-1) gets the win after getting the final two outs of the seventh inning and then pitching in the eighth.

U of L (48-12) will play the Oklahoma State-Miami loser in the regional championship on Sunday at 4 p.m. The first game will be played at noon. Either of those teams would have to beat U of L twice to win the regional.

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