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Michigan baseball blows late lead, falls to Louisville in NCAA regional final: Live updates recap

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FINAL: Louisville 11, Michigan 9

The Cardinals, the No. 12 overall national seed, scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to take an 11-9 lead and held on to advance to an NCAA super regional.

The Wolverines, who began regional play with two straight victories, including a 7-3 win over host Louisville on Saturday, finish the season 34-28 after losing two straight to the Cardinals. Michigan mounted its own comeback earlier in the game after falling behind 7-2 in the first inning. It kept Louisville’s high-powered offense scoreless for the next six innings as it chipped away at its deficit.

Michigan hit four home runs, including a go-ahead solo shot from Ted Burton in the sixth. Cameron Weston had retired eight Cardinals hitters in a row before a two-out walk ignited Louisville’s eighth-inning rally.

The Wolverines’ NCAA Tournament run ends in the regional round for a second straight season.

Top 9: Michigan at bat

Joe Stewart opened the inning with a double and Matt Frey grounded out to second base and nearly beat the throw to first. Jimmy Obertop, who already had a three-run home run in the game, worked a 3-0 count, but Louisville closer Michael Prosecky bounced back to strike him out on a 3-2 fastball. Tito Flores flew out to center to end the game. Louisville 11, Michigan 9

Bottom 8: Louisville at bat

What a dramatic half-inning. Cameron Weston retired the first two Louisville batters but then walked no. 3 hitter Dane Rushing. Jack Payton then lined a double off the wall in left, but with a strong relay to second base, Michigan’s Ted Burton appeared to tag his hand before he touched the bag. After a long review, the safe call was upheld, and Levi Usher hit a game-tying double – his fourth hit of the game. Cameron Masterman followed with a moonshot home run to left to put the Cardinals back in front. Game-changing call at second base, but the inning all started with a two-out walk. You can judge the call for yourself here. Louisville 11, Michigan 9.

Top 8: Michigan at bat

The Wolverines went one-two-three for the first time since the fourth inning. Joey Velazquez and Clark Elliott each grounded out, while Jake Marti lined out to second. Michigan 9, Louisville 7

Bottom 7: Louisville at bat

It was a quick inning for Cameron Weston, who induced three straight groundouts. He has retired six in a row since coming into the game. Michigan 9, Louisville 7

Top 7: Michigan at bat

Catcher Jimmy Obertop, who hit a game-tying home run in the fifth inning, drew his second walk of the game to begin the seventh. Tito Flores followed with a flyout to center, and shortstop Riley Bertram bunted Obertop over to second base. Tate Kuehner struck out Ted Burton to end the inning. Michigan 9, Louisville 7

Bottom 6: Louisville at bat

Dalton Rushing opened the inning with a single off of Jacob Denner. Head coach Erik Bakich brought in righty Cameron Weston to relieve Denner, and he retired Louisville’s No. 4, 5 and 6 batters in order. The Wolverines have kept the Cardinals’ high-powered offense off the board since the first inning. Michigan 9, Louisville 7

Top 6: Michigan at bat

The Wolverines are in front for the first time since the first innings thanks to a home run from Ted Burton to center field. It was the team’s fourth home run of the game. Jake Marti hit a seeing-eye single to the right field with two outs to extend the inning, prompting Louisville to make a pitching change. Tate Kuehner replaced Alex Galvan and hit Clark Elliott with a 3-2 pitch to put two runners on. Joe Stewart extended Michigan’s lead with a RBI single up the middle. Michigan 9, Louisville 7

Bottom 5: Louisville at bat

After the Wolverines tied the game with four runs in the top of the inning, Jacob Denner retired the Cardinals in order to keep the game knotted at seven. He has allowed one hit, two walks and has struck out two in 2 2/3 innings. Michigan 7, Louisville 7

Top 5: Michigan at bat

The Wolverines looked they were going to go quietly in the fifth after a groundout and strikeout to start the inning, but they rallied with two outs. Clark Elliott hit his team-leading 16th home run of the season to cut the deficit to three, and Joe Stewart and Matt Frey followed with sharp singles. Jimmy Obertop delivered the big blow, launching a three-run home run to the right field to tie the game. He has three home runs during the NCAA regional. Michigan 7, Louisville 7

Bottom 4: Louisville at bat

The Cardinals threatened to drop their lead in the inning, but Jacob Denner was able to pitch out of a jam. Levi Usher’s third hit of the game – this one a single – came with one out, and Denner walked Isaac Humphrey with two outs. Logan Beard barreled a line drive to the left field, but it was right at Joey Vazquez, who made the catch. Louisville has left seven runners on base through four innings. Louisville 7, Michigan 3

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Top 4: Michigan at bat

Righty Ryan Hawks took over for starter Garrett Schmeltz to start the fourth and pitched a one-two-three inning, striking out two. Louisville 7, Michigan 3

Bottom 3: Louisville at bat

Christian Knapczyk drew a one-out walk before inclement weather rolled in and led to a long delay. Lefty Jacob Denner replaced righty Chase Allen on the mound and walked the first batter after play resumed but then picked up Knapczyk at second base. He then got a fly out to get out of the inning. Louisville 7, Michigan 3

Top 3: Michigan at bat

Louisville pitcher Garrett Schmeltz was starting to get in a groove with four straight strikeouts, but Michigan No. 3 hitter Matt Frey launched a deep home run to the right field to cut into the Wolverines’ deficit. That was the only hit of the inning for Michigan. Louisville 7, Michigan 3

Bottom 2: Louisville at bat

Pitcher Chase Allen bounced back after allowing a double lead to work a scoreless second. The right-hander induced back-to-back groundouts to shortstop and then got Logan Beard to line out to center field. Through two innings, Michigan pitchers have thrown 78 pitches. Louisville 7, Michigan 2

Top 2: Michigan at bat

After a long first inning, the Wolverines went quietly in the second. Ted Burton flew out to center field before Garrett Schmeltz struck out Joey Velazquez and Jake Marti for a one-two-three inning. Louisville 7, Michigan 2

Bottom 1: Louisville at bat

The Cardinals didn’t waste any time answering in the bottom of the inning. Lefty Connor O’Halloran struck out Louisville star Jack Payton with one out and runners on second and third, giving him a chance to get out of the inning unscathed. But the next batter, Levi Usher, lined a double to the right field on a 3-2 pitch to open the floodgates. Two more hits and a hit batter marked the end of the day for O’Halloran, who threw 48 pitches and left with the bases loaded. Chase Allen came on in relief and allowed a bunt single on his first pitch. After he walked in another run, he botched a soft grounder right back to him to allow another run to score. He struck out Payton to finally end the inning. Louisville 7, Michigan 2

Top 1: Michigan at bat

After the Wolverines recorded just three hits in Sunday’s 20-1 loss, they opened Monday’s with three straight doubles from Clark Elliott, Joe Stewart and Matt Frey for a 2-0 lead. Jimmy Obertop followed with a walk, but pitcher Garrett Schmeltz got out of the jam with a Tito Flores double play and a Riley Bertram flyout. Michigan 2, Louisville 0

PREGAME UPDATES: – No changes to Michigan’s starting lineup for today’s game. Sophomore lefty Connor O’Halloran gets the start on the mound. He is 5-4 with a 4.89 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 92 innings this season.

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The Michigan baseball team will get another chance at an NCAA regional title on Monday afternoon.

The Wolverines and Louisville play at noon (ESPN +) with a spot in a super regional on the line, and MLive will be providing live updates throughout. Monday’s game was originally scheduled for 6 pm but was moved up because of inclement weather in the forecast.

After downing the Cardinals, the No. 12 overall national seed and host of the regional, 7-3 Saturday, Michigan had a chance to close them out Sunday but fell short.

Seven Wolverines pitchers combined to allow 19 hits and 11 walks in a 20-1 loss, forcing a winner-take-all rubber match Monday.

Michigan (34-27), the Big Ten tournament champion as the No. 5 seed, was surging heading into regional play and remained red-hot through the first two games, beating Oregon 8-6 in Friday’s opener before Saturday’s win over Louisville.

Sea: Michigan baseball carries a ‘Rocky Balboa’ mindset into the NCAA Tournament

Sunday was just the second time in the past 16 games that the Wolverines scored fewer than four runs. A win Monday would but them in a super regional for the first time since 2019 and the second time overall under 10th-year head coach Erik Bakich.

Monday will also be the sixth meeting between the two teams this year, with Louisville holding a 3-2 advantage. Continue to refresh this page for the latest updates from Jim Patterson Stadium in Kentucky.

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