U of L rolls into NCAA regional title game

Anthony Kidston

The University of Louisville baseball team is one win away from a Super Regional. The Cardinals are 2-0 in the NCAA Regional after a 6-3 win over Kansas on Saturday evening at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The University of Louisville baseball team received another solid start on Saturday, moving one game closer to a Super Regional.

Anthony Kidston worked seven innings and stayed undefeated on the season, while Cole Sturgeon and then Nick Burdi sealed the deal in a 6-3 win over Kansas before 3,341 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The Cardinals (47-15) will play the Kentucky-Kansas winner at 4 o'clock in the regional title game. A win and the Cardinals head to the Super Regional, which they would host. If U of L loses, a final game is slated for Monday night.

Kidston (8-0) moved to 13-0 for his two-year career at U of L. He struck out six and walked five, allowing only five hits and two runs.

Sturgeon worked 1.2 innings and allowed one hit and a run, while Burdi walked a batter and then got the last out to fly out.

"I'm really happy for Anthony," U of L coach Dan McDonnell said. "He fell right in line with what Funk (Kyle Funkhouser) did yesterday and we played really good defense behind him, so it was a really good team effort."

U of L finished with 11 hits and took advantage of three Kansas errors. Freshman Corey Ray was 3-for-4 and scored a run, while Cole Sturgeon and Zach Lucas had two hits apiece.

Sturgeon, Lucas, Jeff Gardner had one RBI apiece, while Sutton Whiting added two RBIs.

"A pretty complete game," McDonnell said.

The Cardinals started with a run in the second when Alex Chittenden was hit by a pitch and then Corey Ray singled to third with Chittenden advancing to third on a throwing error. With one out, Whiting grounded into a fielders' choice to score Chittenden.

Louisville added a run in the third on an RBI double by Gardner and then took advantage of another Kansas miscue in the fourth. Ray started it with a double up the middle and went to third on a wild pitch.

With one out, Whiting singled home Ray and then stole second and third before scoring on Kyle Gibson's single and a throwing error on the Jayhawks. Cole Sturgeon then made it 5-0 with a single to score Gibson.

Kansas loaded the bases three times in the final five innings, but Kidston allowed just one run in the fifth and sixth and the Jayhawks also scored a run in the bottom of the ninth.

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