Louisville advances in Tucson

Louisville came from behind to beat No. 2 New Mexico 3-2 Friday night to advance to the winner's bracket of the Tucson Regional. The Cardinals will play the Arizona/Missouri winner Saturday morning.

No. 2 New Mexico State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against Louisville, but the Cardinals closed strong for a 3-2 win over the Aggies to advance to the winner's bracket of the NCAA Tucson Regional.

The Cardinals, who won their 40th game of the season, will play the winner of the Arizona/Missouri game Saturday at 11 pm on ESPNU.

After faltering last week as the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament, Louisville started slowly against New Mexico State with ace pitcher, All-American Justin Amlung, on the mound.

The Aggies opened the scoring with a two out RBI single in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead. Two third inning errors led to New Mexico St.'s next run.

But Amlung fought through the errors and early runs to pitch six strong innings. When he was replaced by Travis Tingle in the seventh, Louisville had rallied to take a 3-2 advantage. Amlung allowed six hits, one earned run and struck out five batters. He totaled 103 pitches in the 100 plus degree Arizona desert.

Stewart Ijames sacrifice fly scored Louisville's first run, driving in Nick Ratajczak in the fourth inning. The Cardinals tied the score 2-2 in the fifth inning when Zak Wasserman scored on a Cole Sturgeon RBI groundout. With two outs in the fifth, Ratajczak's double to left scored Kyle Gibson for a 3-2 lead.

Clinging to a one-run advantage, Tingle closed out the Aggies, getting nine outs against nine hitters in the last three innings.

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