UConn, Louisville Win NCAA Openers

The Connecticut and Louisville baseball teams enjoyed impressive starts to the 2013 NCAA Baseball Championship Friday as the Huskies were 5-2 winners against Virginia Tech, while the Cardinals took an 8-3 win against Bowling Green.

UConn, seeded No. 4 in the Blacksburg Regional, rode the right arm of sophomore Carson Cross to the win against Virginia Tech, the regional's top seed.  Cross cattered six hits over 6.1 innings and allowed one run to lead the Huskies to their sixth NCAA tournament victory since 2010

With the win, the Huskies advance into the winners bracket of the Blacksburg Regional and will square-off against No. 2 seed Oklahoma on Saturday evening.  Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. ET at English Field. First baseman Bobby Melley paced a UConn offensive attack with a 4-for-5 effort while he scored a run and drove in another. 

Louisville, which is the top seed in its regional at Jim Patterson Stadium, was paced by outfielder Coco Johnson in the win against No. 4-seeded Bowling Green. Johnson hit a pair of home runs in a span of four innings to power the Cardinals into the winners bracket.

The Cardinals will meet No. 2-seeded Miami (Fla.) at 5 p.m. ET Saturday in a winners bracket game.