Rogers is super once again for Louisville

University of Louisville sophomore pitcher Josh Rogers pitched the Cardinals' into the Super Regional for the second consecutive season. Rogers moved his record to 8-1 by allowing just two runs in seven innings as the Cardinals decked Michigan 13-4 in the championship game of the Louisville Regional at Jim Paterson Stadium.

Josh Rogers doesn't fret the pressure.

The University of Louisville sophomore pitcher from New Albany, Ind., delivered for the second consecutive year in a clutch situation - the NCAA Tournament Regional championship game.

Rogers pitched six shutout innings against Kentucky last season and on Sunday night in front of 4,614 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium was super once again in the game, a 13-4 win over Michigan.

The left-hander scattered six hits and allowed just two runs - a two-run homer by Carmen Benedetti in the top of the first innings - in seven innings of work to move to 8-1 on the season.

"I was nervous," Rogers said. "If anybody tells you they are not nervous before a game like this they are lying to you. I had some nerves going but then I calmed down and settled in there after the home run.

"I just wanted to give our team a chance to win."

Rogers allowed the first inning home run and then retired 10 straight batters. His teammates helped a bit as well, scoring one run in the first inning, two in the second and one more in each of the third and fourth for a 5-2 lead.

And then Rogers got into a jam in the sixth. A double and a single put two men on for the Wolverines, but Rogers got Travis Maezes to ground into a 3-6-3 double play on a 3-2 count to end the inning.

Rogers pumped his fist, screamed a bit and then pumped his fist again.

"I wanted that one," said Rogers, who struck out six and didn't walk a batter in the outing. "It was awesome. Defensively, our guys played incredible today. Everybody was just making plays behind me."

The win by Rogers lifted the Cardinals to a fifth Super Regional in nine years and third straight and the pitcher said it "is a huge credit to the coaching staff. It's awesome to see where we are at right now."

"We're having fun, but we are not done yet," Rogers said.

And for Rogers the outing came after a week off. He didn't get to pitch at the ACC Tournament because the Cardinals' didn't make it to the championship game. But he pitched a sim game last Sunday and said he was ready for this one.

"Missing last week was unfortunate but I had a lot of adrenaline going here," he said. "I just wanted to have fun out there and I think that's what we all did. We had a lot of fun this weekend."

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