Louisville, KY (WDRB) – The Louisville Cardinals got some help and helped themselves to a 10th consecutive postseason win at Jim Patterson Stadium in a 4-3 win over Michigan.
After a 53-minute weather delay in the second inning, U of L freshman pitcher Brendan McKay took the mound and made only one real mistake. That was giving up a fourth inning solo homer to Michigan's Carmen Benedetti that gave Michigan a 1-0 lead.
“I threw well all day,” said McKay. “I hit my spots, made some pitches that I needed to make. I left the ball too much over the plate (on the home run), he made a good swing on it and the ball ended up in the grass.”
McKay finished the day with five strikeouts, a walk and gave up four hits and that single earned run in 7-and-two-thirds innings.
Louisville grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the 7th when Danny Rosenbaum hit a 2-run homer off Michigan starter Brett Adcock.
“I attacked the zone, I got ahead early on most of the hitters, but tip your cap to number 8 (Rosenbaum). He hit probably the only mistake I had all day,” said Adcock, who pitched seven innings, gave up three hits and two earned runs while striking out six.
“I honestly can't say I have a ton of memorable home runs, but this is far and away the highest one on my list,” said Rosenbaum of his fourth homer of the year.
Corey Ray gave Louisville a 3-1 lead in the 8th with an RBI single but Michigan answered in the bottom of the 8th when Kyle Jusick brought in two runs with a pinch hit single and tied the game at 3-3.
In the top of the 9th, after Colin Lyman came in as a pinch runner and ended up stealing third, Devin Hairston hit a pop-up to right field. Michigan right fielder Johnny Slater gave chase and made a sliding grab for the out, but that allowed Lyman to tag up and score Louisville's go-ahead run.
“If it's a high towering fly ball where he's got time and can get underneath it and has his feet underneath him, he can probably let it drop. But on a play like that, it's just an instinct play,” said Michigan head coach Erik Bakich.
Zack Burdi finished off the Wolverines in the bottom of the 9th to preserve the Cardinals 4-3 victory.
U of L will play the winner of Sunday's noon game between Bradley and Michigan at 4pm at Jim Patterson Stadium.