LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tyler Fitzgerald led six Cardinals with multiple hits going 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI and four runs scored as No. 7 Louisville took game one of the best of three Super Regional series over No. 10 ECU 14-1 Friday afternoon. On Saturday, Bobby Miller tossed eight innings of one-hit ball while flirting with a no-hitter and helped No. 7 Louisville to a Super Regional clinching win, 12-0. With the win, the Cardinals (49-16) advance to their fifth Men’s College World Series since 2007 while the Pirates (47-18) saw their season come to an end.
The Cardinals struck for three runs in the second inning taking a 3-0 lead and really never looked back. Drew Campbell’s two-run triple past a diving Bryant Packard down the left field line scored a pair of runs before scoring later in the frame on a wild pitch.
Miller (7-1) struck out five, walked two and allowed the lone ECU hit in the ninth inning when Thomas Francisco single to right field with Chandler Jenkins standing on first base. Michael Kirian worked the ninth inning walking one to preserve the shutout.
Burleson (6-2) suffered the loss surrendering three runs (all earned) on three hits with five strikeouts and a pair of walks in two innings. The Pirates would use five arms in relief getting outings from Gavin Williams (0.2 IP, 3 Rs), Sam Lanier (1.1 IP, 0 Rs), Tyler Smith (0.1 IP, 3 Rs), Evan Voliva (2.2 IP, 0 Rs) and Cam Colmore (2.0 IP, 3 Rs).
Louisville plated three runs in the third inning extending its lead to six, 6-0. With a runner on first, Campbell doubled down the right field line putting runners at second and third with two outs. Justin Lavey followed with another double to right clearing the bases and Henry Davis’ RBI single to left pushed across Lavey on a close play at the plate.
The Cardinals added three runs in the fifth and three more in the ninth to cap the scoring at 12-0.
ECU closed out the season with 47 wins, which is tied for the second most in a single-season with the 1990 and 2001 clubs and only trails the 2004 Pirates, who tallied a school-record 51 wins. The Pirates, which won the American Athletic Conference regular season title in a runaway fashion, hosted their second-straight NCAA Regional and advanced to the Supers for the second time in four years.
Chapel Hill — Auburn scored nine runs in the last two innings to beat North Carolina 11-7 in game one of the Chapel Hill Super Regional. Tyler Baum was outstanding on the mound for the Heels only allowing two runs in 6.1 innings and striking out seven batters while Aaron Sabato went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
In game two, Austin Bergner and Austin Love combined for a complete game shutout Sunday afternoon as the Heels beat Auburn 2-0 to force a third and deciding game in the Chapel Hill Super Regional. Love tied his career high with six strikeouts on the evening and threw 41 of his 50 total pitches for strikes over 4.2 innings of work. Game three will be played at 1 p.m. on Monday at Boshamer Stadium, with the winner advancing to the 2019 College World Series.