Controversial Replay Costs Michigan in NCAA Tournament Loss

Controversial Replay Costs Michigan in NCAA Tournament Loss

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Michigan was eliminated in Monday’s NCAA tournament match against Louisville. After the first inning, Michigan was down 7-2. However, it made a remarkable comeback to take a late lead of 9-7. Then came the dreaded consequential replay.

With Louisville batting in eighth inning, Jack Payton of Louisville attempted to leg out a hustle double. This led to a bang-bang play on second base. Although Payton was deemed safe by the umpires, replays showed that Payton’s hand had been tagged before touching base. The call on the field was upheld after an official review.

An out call would have ended an inning and sent it into the ninth. Two batters later, though, the Cardinals took an 11-9 lead that eventually stood as the game’s final score, advancing Louisville to the super regional and ending Michigan’s season.

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After the game, Michigan coach Erik Bakich said he hadn’t gotten a chance to see video of the play, but expressed dismay at the call not going the Wolverines’ way.

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“I haven’t had a chance to see it,” Bakich said, per Zach Shaw of 247Sports. “Had he called him and Louisville reviewed it then it would have probably stayed at the same, it must be conclusive. But yeah, that really sucks.”

Michigan baseball’s official Twitter account did not hold back in expressing disagreement with the call by replay officials:

The win propels Louisville to the super regional round to face Texas A&M.

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