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Cole Sturgeon named MVP

Louisville outfielder Cole Sturgeon was named Regional MVP after the Cardinals beat Kentucky 4-1 Sunday night at Jim Patterson Stadium. Sturgeon was one of six Cardinals who made the All-Region team.
2014 NCAA Louisville Regional All-Tournament Team
P: Kyle Funkhouser (Louisville)
P: Josh Rogers (Louisville)
C: Michael Thomas (Kentucky)
1B: Cody Koch (Kent State)
2B: Zach Lucas (Louisville)
SS: Sutton Whiting (Louisville)
3B: Max Kuhn (Kentucky)
OF: Cole Sturgeon (Louisville)
OF: Corey Ray (Louisville)
OF: Austin Cousino (Kentucky)
DH: Tucker Tharp (Kansas)
Most Outstanding Player: Cole Sturgeon (Louisville)
Louisville Postgame Notes
- With NCAA Regional games left to be played, Louisville is one of 13 Division I schools with four or more NCAA Super Regional appearances in the last eight seasons.
- The 48 wins for Louisville in 2014 are the third most in school history behind only the 51 in 2013 and the 50 in 2010.
- The Cardinals have won back-to-back NCAA Regional titles for the first time in school history.
- Sunday night's announced crowd of 4,319 was the largest of the season for Louisville and the fifth largest in school history.
- Louisville is 32-7 at home this season, good for the second highest win total at home in school history behind only the 34 home wins last season.
- Riding a six-game postseason winning streak at home, Louisville is 13-4 in NCAA Championship games at Jim Patterson Stadium.
- The Cardinals are 41-0 this season when leading after the eighth season and have won 96 straight games when entering the ninth with the lead.
- Louisville has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 38 of 62 games this season, something they did 36 times last season.
- In the three NCAA Regional games, the Cardinals allowed only four earned runs for a 1.33 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 27.0 innings.
- After the three NCAA Regional games, Cole Sturgeon moved into fifth place in career games at Louisville with 229, seventh place in career at-bats with 804 and 10th in career hits with 251.
- In his last three starts, Josh Rogers has a 1.80 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 20.0 innings pitched while going at least six innings in all three outings.
- Having started nine straight games for Louisville, Nick Solak was 15-of-30 with nine RBI, nine runs scored, five walks and five stolen bases in that stretch.
- While starting each of the Cardinals' last nine games, Corey Ray has hit .464 with five walks and five RBI in that span.
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