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

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

It was a familiar script for Michigan baseball in its NCAA tournament regional final against 13-seed Louisville on Sunday: Pound the ball early, challenge fielders with speed on the bases and force the opponent to swing more often in hopes of a comeback.

The only problem was, it was the Cardinals doing the slugging, 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 the nine innings. The Wolverines had no answers at the plate, though, losing 20-1 to force a winner-take-all game Monday for a spot in the super regional against Texas A&M.

The regional finale between the Wolverines and Cardinals was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday in Louisville, but weather concerns moved it up to noon. The game will be carried online only on ESPN+.

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

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“It was a good old-fashioned butt-whipping, but we’re just gonna flush it,” said Michigan shortstop Riley Bertram, who went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Sunday. “Three weeks ago if you would have told Team 156 of Michigan baseball that we’re gonna have a one-game, winner moves to the super regional (opportunity), I think everyone would jump on that.”

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