The Louisville Cardinals fell behind 4-0, mounted a comeback but came up one run short during a 4-3 loss to TCU Thursday night in Omaha.
After both teams lost to No. 3 national seed Florida, the Cardinals, the No. 7 national seed, squared off against No. 6 national seed TCU in an Elimination Game.
Both teams threw a young lefty and Louisville's Nick Bennett mowed through the first five TCU batters before running into trouble. Elliott Barzilli singled to right field then stole second and third. Connor Wanhanen doubled to left center to score Barzilli and Josh Watson was hit by a pitch. Watson stole second and then third before Ryan Merrill singled scoring a pair of runs. Louisville replaced Bennett with Adam Wolf before Austen Wade singled to score Merrill before the inning ended with TCU up 4-0.
Louisville struck back with runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
In the third, Louisville's Devin Mann singled to center field and scored on a single by Josh Stowers two batters later. The inning ended on a pair of pop-ups, stranding a pair of runners on base.
In the fourth, Louisville All-American Brendan McKay homered to right field to start the inning but the Cardinals couldn't do any more damage.
In the fifth, the Cardinals got a leadoff homer by Logan Taylor. Stowers hit a one-out double to right center and Drew Ellis drew a two-out walk before McKay struck out swinging to strand both Stowers and Ellis.
After TCU starter Nick Lodolo was bounced after the fourth inning, the Horned Frogs brought in lefty Sean Wymer who stymied Louisville for the majority of the game. Wymer allowed just two hits and had five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.
Neither team scored in the final four innings as Louisville's pitching staff of Wolf, Sam Bordner and closer Lincoln Henzman kept TCU at bay.
TCU advanced to face Florida Friday. The Horned Frogs have to beat the Gators Friday and Saturday to advance to next week's Championship Series.