BIG EAST Baseball Teams End Postseason Runs at NCAA Regionals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -Louisville and St. John's saw their seasons come to a close Monday with losses in the final games of the NCAA Regionals. The seventh-seeded Cardinals were defeated 3-2 in 10 innings by Vanderbilt, while the Red Storm fell 5-3 to No. 5 seed Virginia. Along with Connecticut, which was eliminated June 6 with a 4-3 loss to Oregon, BIG EAST teams went a combined 6-6 in Regional action this year.

Hosting NCAA postseason play for the third time in four seasons, No. 9/10 Louisville opened with an 11-2 win over Saint Louis on June 4. The Cardinals defeated No. 25/17 Vanderbilt 7-1 on the following day to advance to the Regional title game. The Commodores earned a 7-0 victory on June 6 to force a final game on June 7 to determine who would advance to the Super Regionals.

Down 2-1 in the top of the ninth, Jeff Arnold singled up the middle to score Stewart Ijames to even the score for the Cardinals. After a hit batter and a single put runners on the corners for Vanderbilt, a safety squeeze scored the winning run for the Commodores. Louisville finished 2010 with a 50-14 mark. The 50 wins are a program best.

Playing in the Charlottesville, Va., Regional, St. John's lost to No. NR/22 Mississippi 10-5 on the opening night. The Red Storm rebounded with an 8-6 victory over Virginia Commonwealth on June 5, forcing a rematch with Ole Miss on June 6. In a high-scoring dual, the Red Storm defeated the Rebels 20-16. The 20 runs are the most by St. John's in NCAA play since 1981, when STJ defeated Central Michigan 23-13.

In Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader for the Red Storm, St. John's upset host No. 1/2 Virginia 6-5. With the Regional title on the line, the Red Storm found themselves down 4-1 in the top of the sixth. St. John's would rally to cut it to 4-3, but the Cavaliers added a run in the bottom of the seventh to go ahead 5-3 for good. The Red Storm finished the season with a 43-20 mark. The 43 wins are a program high.

Connecticut hosted Regional play in its 16th NCAA appearance, going 1-2 to finish the season with a 48-16 mark. The Huskies fell to Oregon 5-3 on June 4 and rebounded with a 25-5 victory over Central Connecticut the following day. UConn's season came to a close on June 6 with a 4-3 loss to Oregon. The 48 wins mark a program high for Connecticut.