For only the third time in the program’s history, the Louisville Cardinals are headed to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament, a spot reserved for winners of respective regions. This became a reality today, after the thrashing of regional foe Oklahoma State, a game which Louisville won 12-3.
For the early innings, the two teams seemed to be hitting well and getting men on base. The only difference was the fact that Oklahoma State couldn’t capitalize, whereas Louisville was making Oklahoma State pay for their mistakes. Through the first five innings, the Cowboys stranded a total of 10 runners on base. They were down 6-3, and one knows they’d be winning had they gotten a few more hits. Louisville’s SP Dace Kime pitched a solid 4.2 innings, after striking out 4, but allowing 3 ER. Joe Filomeno came in and provided some excellent bullpen relief, pitching 3.1 innings and allowing one hit and striking out 4. As we’re accustomed to, Coco Johnson provided some great offense, driving in three RBI’s, two of which coming in the 2nd inning. He went 2-4 on the night and it was revealed afterward that he was named the region’s Most Outstanding Player.
Louisville must now play the waiting game, as they will face the winner of Vandy-Georgia Tech, which is going on right now. If Vandy loses, they’ll play again tomorrow to see who will advance to the Super Regionals. Vandy is the number two national seed and beat Louisville 10-2 earlier this season in the “Battle of the Barrel”. The Cards are looking good, but I’ll have my fingers crossed for the Yellow Jackets to win the Nashville Region. Go Cards.
#Cards P Jeff Thompson, 2B Ratajczak, OF C.Johnson, DH Gardner on all regional team; Coco Johnson voted Most Outstanding Player
— C.L. Brown (@clbrown_cj) June 2, 2013
FINAL PITCHING INFO:
WP: Filomeno (6-1), 3.1 IP, 1 Hit, 1 BB, 4 K’s
LP: Bevacqua (2-3), 3 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 K’s