A season that began with Omaha aspirations came an end a weekend early on Monday night as national No. 3 seed Louisville was upset in the Super Regional final by 13th-ranked Cal State Fullerton 4-3 in 11 innings.
The Cardinals (47-18) received an excellent start from sophomore lefty Josh Rogers. The New Albany, Ind., native scattered three hits, striking out six, while giving up just one earned run in seven innings of work.
The Louisville offense, which scored nine runs on Sunday, struggled in key moments. Despite multi-hit outings by Will Smith, Logan Taylor and Zach Lucas, the Cardinals couldn't find success when runners were in scoring position, going 0-9 in the loss.
Cal State Fullerton was led by David Olmedo-Barre, who finished 3 of 4 at the plate. The Titans designated hitter connected for a pair of home runs, including a controversial solo shot in the top of the 11th inning that proved to be the game-winner. Appearing to be slightly foul to most, the third base umpire signaled a home run, which was immediately contested by U of L head coach Dan McDonnell. Following a video review, conducted by two officials located in Atlanta, Geo., the on-the-field ruling was upheld because it wasn't inconclusive.
Cardinals closer Zack Burdi picked up the loss after 3.1 innings of work.
Here's the entire Louisville postgame reaction:
Will Smith, Josh Rogers, Dan McDonnell
CS Fullerton head coach Rick Vanderhook