The 5th-ranked University of Louisville welcomed No. 8 Indiana to Jim Patterson Stadium for a Tuesday evening game that had Regional host implications. With 2,433 on hand, the host Cardinals struggled through much of the game, falling 7-2.
The Hoosiers (36-12) grabbed the lead with a pair of runs in the second inning and never surrendered. IU added another run in the sixth and held a 3-0 advantage into the seventh.
The Cardinals (40-13) threatened late, scoring a run in both the seventh and eighth innings. However, the Hoosiers responded with four in the top of the ninth, highlighted by a towering home run by Kyle Schwarber that soared over the batters eye fence in center field that reaches approximately 40 feet higher than the 402 to straightaway center.
Freshman starter Drew Harrington (3-1) picked up the loss after giving up 2 runs on 6 hits in four innings of work.
The Cardinals managed just 6 hits in the loss, with Cole Sturgeon leading at the plate, going 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Louisville will close out the regular season with a series against conference rival Cincinnati. The three-game set begins on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. The series continues Friday and Saturday. Admission is free.