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Louisville surrenders 3-1 lead, falls to Cal State Fullerton in Super Regional

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The Louisville baseball team built a 3-1 lead in the deciding game 3 of this weekend's Super Regional, but couldn't hang on. 

The Cardinals fell just shy of a third-straight trip to the College World Series, losing to Cal State Fullerton, 4-3, in 11 innings in front of 6,010 fans at  Jim Patterson Stadium.

For much of the game, Louisville looked to be in control.

After Cardinals' starter Josh Rogers giving up a 1st-inning run, Will Smith tied the game in the bottom of the 4th with a solo home run.

The Cards added another run in the 6th on a sacrifice fly by freshman Brendan McKay.  A wild pitch by Cal State Fullerton pitcher Tyler Peitzmeier in the seventh gave Louisville a 3-1 lead, but it wouldn't last.

Rogers was pulled after giving up one run and three hits in seven innings, but the Cardinals' bullpen couldn't close the deal.

After Cal State Fullerton loaded the bases in the 8th, a two-out, two-RBI single by Jarrod Bravo off Louisville reliever Zack Burdi tied the game at three.

And it stayed that way into extra innings.

That's when the Titans' David Olmedo-Barrera hit an 11th-inning home run to break the tie. Umpires convened to review whether it was fair or foul, but the call on-field was upheld, giving Cal State Fullerton a 4-3 lead.

Louisville got a runner on in the bottom of the 11th, but Ryan Summers was thrown out trying to steal second base to end the game.

Burdi got the loss, giving up one run and three hits in three innings.

Louisville finished the season with a 47-18 record.

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