LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Alex Binelas’ walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Trey Leonard and top-seeded Louisville edged Illinois State 4-3 in an NCAA regional final on Monday, sending the Cardinals to their fifth Super Regional in the past six seasons.
After committing an error in the top of the ninth for an unearned run that helped the No. 3 Redbirds tie the game, Leonard reached on a sacrifice bunt that ended up advancing Lavey when the initial out call at second was reversed on review. Lavey was eventually forced at home, but the bases remained loaded and Binelas drilled Vogrin’s first pitch up the middle for the game-winning run.
Leonard also scored Louisville’s go-ahead run in the seventh on Zach Britton’s pinch-hit single.
Michael Kirian (3-1) earned the victory for Louisville (47-16), which returns to the Super Regional after missing last season. Jacob Gilmore (2-2) took the loss for Illinois State (36-26), which had sought its first Super Regional berth.
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