A walk-off single in the bottom in the ninth inning from UofL freshman Alex Binelas secured a 4-3 win over Illinois State on Monday and home field advantage for the Cardinal baseball team heading into Friday’s NCAA Super Regional.
Louisville (47-16), the No. 7 seed, will play East Carolina (47-16) Friday at noon at Jim Patterson Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN2, while game two of the best-of-three series is set for Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPNU. If necessary, the decisive third game is scheduled for Sunday at noon on ESPN2.
The winner of the Louisville Super Regional will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
All-session tickets for the 2019 NCAA Super Regional in Louisville are currently available and can be purchased online here. Reserved chairback seating is already sold out for the Super Regional, but general admission all-session tickets are still available for $25. If available, single game tickets will go on sale on Thursday at 10 a.m., ET.
Louisville will play in the Super Regional round for the sixth time in seven seasons. Only Vanderbilt has reached the supers as many times as the Cardinals since 2013. UofL will host the NCAA Super Regional for the sixth time in program history (2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019).
Since opening the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2005, the Cardinals have won more than 77 percent of their games in the ballpark posting a 400-114 record (.778 winning percentage). With Monday’s Regional clinching victory, Louisville improved to 29-7 at Jim Patterson Stadium this season and 31-9 all-time in NCAA postseason games at the corner of Third and Central.