No. 7 seed and host Louisville (46-16) jumped out to an early lead, and Illinois State (36-25) was limited to just three hits and two runs in the contest Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium, as the Cardinals forced a deciding game on Monday with the Redbirds to decide the Louisville Regional title after an 11-2 win over the Redbirds.
Joe Aeilts tripled and scored and Joe Butler finished 1-for-4.
The Redbirds and the Cardinals will face off for the third time in as many days on Monday in the winner-take-all game to decide the regional championship. First pitch is scheduled for Noon CT.