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"Coach Casey has taught us little things always win the big games," Gordon said. "So we just come out and we played real aggressive on the defensive side and sacrifice our bodies if need be."
The Beavers all but finished off the Cards in the seven-run fourth, batting through their lineup for the 18th time this season and scoring all the runs with two outs.
Dylan Davis just beat third baseman Ty Young's throw on a bases-loaded chopper. Louisville first baseman Zak Wasserman, thinking Davis was out and the inning over, started jogging toward the dugout unaware that Peterson was coming around to score from second.
Two more runs scored on Whiting's overthrow of Wasserman, and reliever Kyle Funkhouser's bases-loaded walk and Gordon's single brought in three more.
The Cardinals ranked a respectable 76th out of 296 Division I teams in fielding after the regular season, but they committed two or more errors in five of their last six games.
"Overall I really didn't think Jeffrey pitched that bad," McDonnell said. "I would have liked to have seen us play better behind him, because he was competing. He was going to give us a chance."