The prospects of getting a national seed and a regional are secondary now.

Getting to the championship game of the conference tournament is the most immediate challenge facing the fifth-ranked University of Louisville baseball team.

UofL could manage only six hits — all singles — against Jimmy Herget,  a South Florida sophomore right hander with an 8-6 record, who was good for a complete game on Friday.  They lost 2-1, dropping to 1-1 in the championship series.

The Cardinals will finish their Pool A schedule on Saturday at 3 p.m., against Rutgers (1-1 in Pool A). To advance to Sunday’s title game, they must defeat the Scarlet Knights and then get help from Memphis (1-1) against USF (1-1) on Saturday night.

If USF wins, the Bulls advance to the championship game on Sunday against the winner of Pool B.

UofL’s emphasis would shift to the NCAA pairings to be announced at Noon Monday on ESPNU.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

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