NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Helms delivered a two-out, two-run pinch-hit single to lead Louisville to a 5-3 victory against No. 2 overall seed Vanderbilt in an NCAA super regional opener Saturday.
Helms had driven in 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 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.