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March 24, 2023

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No. 7 Louisville eliminates Oregon at NCAA baseball regional 8-5


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Cameron Masterman hit a two-run homer and Tate Kuehner shut the door and No. 12 overall seed Louisville stayed alive in the regional it is hosting with an 8-5 win over Oregon on Sunday.

The Cardinals (41-19-1) then went on to beat Michigan 20-1 on Sunday night, to force a deciding game on Monday for a berth in the Super Regional.

Masterson hit his 16th homer in the fourth inning for a 3-1 lead. Then the Cardinals added three crucial runs in the sixth on a balk and two-out hits by Logan Beard and Ben Bianco, the eight and nine hitters.

The lead was 7-2 after seven when the Ducks loaded the bases with one out. Kuehner replaced Michael Prosecky and promptly threw a wild pitch before Anthony Hall pounded a two-run double. Kuehner got the next five batters, three of them strikeouts for his fourth save.

Carson Liggett (3-0) got the win. Dalton Rushing had a solo home run for the Cardinals, his 22nd.

Jace Stoffal (1-3) took the loss for Oregon (36-25). Hall had two hits and two RBI, Colby Shade had two hits and scored twice.