Baseball from Michigan is defeated by Louisville 20-1 in an NCAA tournament


Baseball from Michigan is defeated by Louisville 20-1 in an NCAA tournament

It was a well-known script for Michigan Baseball in its NCAA Tournament Regional Finals against 13-man Louisville on Sunday: Hit the ball early, challenge fielders with speed on bases, and force the opponent in hope hitting a comeback more often.

The only problem was that the Cardinals took the punches and the Wolverines fell behind. Louisville put six of its first eight batters on base and scored in six of the nine innings en route to a four-run first inning. The Wolverines had no answers on their plate, however, losing 20-1 to force a winner-take-all game for a spot in the Super Regional against Texas A&M on Monday.

The regional final between the Wolverines and the Cardinals was originally scheduled for Monday at 6:00 p.m. in Louisville but was pushed back to 12:00 p.m. due to weather concerns. The game will be broadcast online only on ESPN+.

U of L's Christian Knapczyk (9) reacts after making it safely to third base against Michigan during the NCAA regional game at Jim Patterson Stadium on June 5, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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“It was good old-fashioned ass-whipping, but we’re just going to flush it,” said Michigan shortstop Riley Bertram, who went 0-on-3 with a strikeout on Sunday. “If you told Michigan Baseball’s 156 team three weeks ago that we’re going to have a game that goes winner to the super region (opportunity), I think everyone would jump at it.”

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