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6:54 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

College Baseball: Louisville Cardinals Play Sunday for World Series Spot

Matt Helms delivered a two-out, two-run pinch-hit single to lead the University of Louisville baseball team to a 5-3 victory over No. 2 overall seed Vanderbilt in a NCAA super regional opener Saturday.

The Cards need one more victory to advance to the College World Series.

Helms had driven in only three runs all season. But with the bases loaded in the seventh, the senior stepped in and hit a 1-2 pitch from Vanderbilt closer Brian Miller down the third-base line.

The Cardinals (50-12) tied the game just three batters earlier. Zak Wasserman drove in his second run of the game with a two-out single. Louisville strung together three two-out hits and tagged Vanderbilt starter Kevin Ziomek (11-3) for three runs in the inning.

Xavier Turner had two hits and scored two runs for the Commodores (54-11). Six of Vanderbilt's seven hits came in the opening three innings.

Louisville, playing in its first super regional since 2009, tied a program-record for regular-season wins.

Louisville and Vanderbilt meet again Sunday at 4 p.m. in the best-of-three series in Nashville.

The Indiana Hoosiers also won their super regional opener, defeating Florida State 10-9 in Tallahassee. The teams play again Sunday at 1 p.m.