PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The St. John’s and Louisville baseball teams both earned first game wins on the opening day of NCAA regional action. Each team advanced in the winner’s bracket of the double-elimination tournaments and will both play on Saturday.
Six players had multi-hit games as St. John's collected five doubles and a home run as part of a 16-hit day, while pitcher Kyle Hansen had eight strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work in an 11-3 win against East Carolina in the Chapel Hill Regional. The Red Storm will face No. 1 Seed North Carolina at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year Justin Amlung allowed one earned run in six innings of work as Louisville defeated New Mexico State 3-2 in the first game of the Tucson Regional. Trailing 2-0, the Cardinals scored one run in the top of the fourth inning and two runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Pitcher Travis Tingle did not allow a hit and faced the minimum nine batters in a three inning save. Louisville will face the winner of No. 1 Arizona and No. 4 Missouri on Saturday.