Louisville was down three going into the seventh Wednesday, but Ryan Wright drove in half of the Cardinals' 10 runs over two innings for an 11-4 win over West Virginia in the first round of the Big East Tournament in Clearwater, Fla.
The top-seeded Cardinals scored four runs in the seventh, three on a homer by Wright, and six in the eighth, when Butler graduate Adam Duvall drove in two and Wright added two more with a double. The Mountaineers helped out with two errors that led to runs in the eighth.
Former Paul Dunbar star and Big East Pitcher of the Year Thomas Royse gave up seven hits and four earned runs with six strikeouts and no walks over six innings.
On Thursday, U of L will play either South Florida or St. John's, whose game went into extra innings Wednesday.
LSU 10, Florida 6: Austin Nola and Mason Katz each had three hits and two RBI as Louisiana State pounded out 19 hits in defeating the top-seeded Gators in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at Hoover, Ala.
Alabama 7, Auburn 1: Jimmy Nelson pitched his third consecutive complete game to lead the Tide past the SEC West champion Tigers. Nelson (8-2) limited the league's top offense to a season-low five hits. He had five strikeouts and no walks.
Mississippi 3, South Carolina 0: Drew Pomeranz pitched seven shutout innings, and Miles Hamblin hit a two-run homer to lift the Rebels.
WKU falls in 13 innings
Western Kentucky erased deficits in the eighth and ninth innings and worked out of two bases-loaded, no-out jams after that in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament in Murfreesboro, Tenn. But it wasn't enough as top-seeded Florida Atlantic won 9-8 thanks to a walk-off, three-run homer in the bottom of the 13th.
Lights postpone EKU-Murray
The first-round Ohio Valley Conference Tournament game between Eastern Kentucky and Murray State was postponed because of malfunctions in the lights at Pringles Park in Jackson, Tenn. The game was rescheduled for Thursday morning at 10 a.m.
Wittels streak at 49
Florida International's Garrett Wittels extended his hitting streak to 49 games Wednesday with a leadoff double in the ninth inning of a 7-1 loss to South Alabama. The infielder is within nine games of tying the record set 23 seasons ago by Oklahoma State's Robin Ventura. FIU plays an elimination game Thursday.