Jun 17, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Dan McDonnell (3) stands in the dugout prior to the game against the Oregon State Beavers during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville Cardinals Baseball Eliminated from College World Series

There it is.  Louisville is the first team eliminated from the 2013 CWS.  Cards lose to OSU 11-4 in what is one of the most aggravating and disappointing games I’ve ever watched in any sport.  From the crippling errors to the blown calls, this game was certainly an outrage to any Louisville fan watching.   Ty Young was nonexistent and most of the players weren’t laying off any pitches.  In fact, Cole Sturgeon was about the only player that really showed up.

If you were following the game on twitter or even watching, you know what “blown call” I’m referring to.  In the fourth inning, where the train began to come off the tracks for Louisville, a call was made that would virtually end the game for Louisville.  There were two outs and the bases are loaded.  In comes Dylan Davis for the Beavers.  He hits the ball and a great play by Ty Young is made to throw it to first.  He was out by a foot.  But what instead is the call?  Safe.  That’s right.  Safe.  Two runs score on what should have been an inning-ending double play.  From there, the floodgates were opened and Oregon State managed to score SEVEN runs in that inning.  Granted, Louisville should’ve been able to regroup and get that third out quicker, but they shouldn’t have even been in that situation.  Below is evidence that Davis was, indeed, out.  But none of that matters because complaining changes nothing.

One of the worst things about this loss is that it now eliminates Louisville from contention to win the Capital One Cup, but that is so trivial in comparison to what these teams have accomplished.  I could care less about that because I know we have the best collegiate athletics program in 2013.  No doubting that.

So in the end, the Cards still had a terrific season.  51 wins is a school record and something to be VERY proud of.  This team has now set a precedent for baseball success that I know they will now follow YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR.  I can’t wait for next season.  Congrats to the seniors and players leaving.  Congrats to Oregon State and Indiana.  But more importantly, Go Cards.

Final Pitching Stats:

WP:  OSU’s Ben Wetzler (10-1), 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

LP:  UofL’s Jeff Thompson (11-2), 3.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

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