Michigan baseball crushed by Louisville, 20-1, in NCAA tournament

Michigan baseball crushed by Louisville, 20-1, in NCAA tournament

It was a familiar scenario for Michigan baseball in its NCAA Tournament Regional Final against 13-seeded Louisville on Sunday: hitting the ball early, challenging outfielders with speed on bases and forcing the opponent to swing more often in the hope of a comeback.

The only problem was that it was the Cardinals who struck and the Wolverines left behind. Louisville put six of its first eight batters on base en route to a four-run first inning and scored in six of nine innings. The Wolverines had no answers at home plate, however, losing 20-1 to force a win-win Monday game for a berth in the super regional against Texas A&M.

The regional final between the Wolverines and the Cardinals was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday in Louisville, but weather issues moved it to noon. The game will be streamed 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 in Louisville, Ky. on June 5, 2022.

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“It was a good old-fashioned whiplash, but we’re just going to wash it down,” said Michigan shortstop Riley Bertram, who went 0 for 3 with one strikeout on Sunday. “Three weeks ago, if you told the Michigan 156 baseball team that we were going to have a winning game for the super regional (opportunity), I think everyone would jump on it.”

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