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Louisville entered the Winner's Bracket with an 8-4 win over Texas A&M Sunday in Omaha at the College World Series.

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The Cardinals jumped ahead early with five runs in the second inning, bouncing Texas A&M's starting pitcher, Corbin Martin. Louisville's scoring outburst forced the Aggies to turn to ace Brigham Hill in the 2nd inning.

A&M scored a pair of runs in the fourth on Louisville All-American starter Brendan McKay, and added a pair of runs in the sixth, chasing McKay off the mound for reliever Sam Bordner.

Hill kept the Cardinals at bay for three innings, but Louisville's bats eventually caught up with him for a pair of runs in the sixth, one earned.

Now ahead 7-4 going into the seventh inning, Bordner was tremendous, retiring nine batters without a hit, a run or a walk before handing the ball off to closer Lincoln Henzman who ended the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Colby Fitch led the Cardinals at the plate, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Devin Hairston and Colin Lyman had a pair of hits and each had an RBI.

McKay (11-3) got the win, giving up four runs, all earned, in 5.0 innings. He struck out six and walked two.

"After getting down five runs, you really have to play perfect baseball to beat Brendan McKay," A&M coach Rob Childress said.

The Aggies fought back, but never tied it up, and Bordner's three innings of shutout baseball killed any momentum they had. Martin (7-4) took the loss for A&M, giving up five earned runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout in 1.2 innings. A&M had to use six pitchers.

Louisville will return to the diamond Tuesday night vs. the winner of Florida and TCU.

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