Controversial replay costs Michigan loss of NCAA tournament

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Facing elimination in Monday’s NCAA Tournament game against Louisville, Michigan found themselves down a 7–2 hole after the first inning before mounting a thrilling comeback to take a late 9–7 lead. Then came the dreaded consequent replay.

With two out and Louisville at bat late in the eighth inning, Louisville’s Jack Payton tried to get a brace out, leading to a bang-bang play at second base. Referees ruled Payton safe, although replays appeared to show Payton’s hand being tagged before touching base. After an official review, however, the on-court appeal stood.

An out would have ended the inning and sent the game to the ninth. Two batters later, however, the Cardinals took an 11–9 lead that was ultimately the game’s final score, moving Louisville to the super regional and ending Michigan’s season.

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After the game, Michigan coach Erik Bakich said he didn’t get a chance to see the video of the game, but expressed dismay at the call that didn’t go along with it. Wolverines.

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“I didn’t get a chance to see it,” Bakich said, according to Zach Shaw of 247Sports. “If he had called it and Louisville had looked at it, the call probably would have stayed the same, it must be conclusive. But yeah, it really sucks.

Michigan Baseball’s official Twitter account was quick to voice its disagreement with the reviewers’ appeal:

The win propels Louisville into the super regional round to take on Texas A&M.

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