Hairston lifts Louisville past Michigan 4-3

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Devin Hairston’s sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning lifted Louisville to a 4-3 win over Michigan in the Louisville Regional on Saturday.

The Cardinals (45-16), the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, advanced to Sunday’s regional championship game with the victory over the Wolverines (38-24).

Danny Rosenbaum, whose two-run homer in the seventh gave Louisville a 2-1 lead, led off the ninth with a single. Pinch-runner Colin Lyman moved to second on a groundout, stole third and scored when Michigan right fielder Johnny Slater made a diving catch in foul territory of Hairston’s tailing line drive.

Zack Burdi (6-0) allowed two hits in 1 1/3 relief innings for the win. Jacob Cronenworth (3-7) took the loss for the Wolverines, who had tied it at 3 with two runs in the eighth.

Carmen Benedetti homered for Michigan, which faces Bradley (36-20) in an elimination game Sunday.