U of L Cardinals defeat Mississippi State Bulldogs in College World Series Friday, Jun 21 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

The Cardinals won their second straight College World Series elimination game June 20 in a walk off against Mississippi State 4-3.

Louisville will face off against Vanderbilt June 21. The Cardinals have already lost one game against the team during the tournament and are facing elimination if they lose again.

“I’m super proud of these guys,” said head coach Dan McDonnell. “There was a lot of belief in that dugout. You could hear it in the tone and the comments and the words. They definitely felt like we had a chance. We just had to make it happen, and we were able to.”

Coming off a 5-3 win against Auburn, it was clear Louisville was not going to be eliminated without a fight.

The game started with a three-inning stalemate. Junior Nick Bennett pitched the first four innings, earning an ERA of 4.40.

At the top of the fourth the Bulldogs struck iron with two runs and no answer from the Cards.

The Bulldogs then came back with another run made at the top of the seventh inning.

Juniors Tyler Fitzgerald and Danny Oriente made the first two runs for the Cards at the bottom of the seventh. The Bulldogs did not answer the rest of the game.

In a walk off, Louisville came back in the bottom of the ninth to score two more runs to win the game, with Oriente’s second of the night, and junior Jake Snider’s first.

Oriente and junior Drew Campbell had a combined four at-bats, four hits and three RBI’s opening up the Cards for offensive plays.

“I think you can see a lot from our team in those two at-bats from Oriente and Campbell,” said McDonnell. “Those two at-bats by those guys really showed our toughness.”

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No. 7 Louisville baseball defeated by No.2 Vanderbilt in first round of CWS Sunday, Jun 16 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

Omaha,Ne. — Seventh-ranked Louisville baseball (49-17) fell to No.2 Vanderbilt (55-11) 3-1 in the first round of the College World Series. Louisville must win the next two games to stay in Omaha.

ACC Pitcher of the year Reid Detmers’ first pitch in the bottom of the first inning resulted in a home run from Austin Martin for the Commodores.

Louisville picked up steam in the top of the fifth inning with a run by junior Justin Lavey made possible by a single down the middle by freshmen Henry Davis.

Sophomore Bryan Hoeing relieved Detmers in the bottom of the sixth inning. Detmers left the game with an ERA of 2.79, shutting out Vanderbilt for four innings.

Vanderbilt’s Martin hit a home run to give the Commodores a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Louisville struck out the last two innings of the game.

While this game puts Louisville in the losers bracket, there is still a chance for Louisville to show up in the World Series.

The Cardinals have faced double elimination already in the post-season when they lost to Illinois State in the Regionals.

Louisville plays again June 18. The Cardinals will play either Mississippi State or Auburn.

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Louisville advances to World Series, ECU Pirates sail home defeated Saturday, Jun 8 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

The Louisville Cardinals defeated East Carolina University June 8 by a combined score of 26-1 in two games. The team advances to the College World Series June 15 in Omaha.

While the Pirates were known for four pitchers with ERAs under 3.00, Louisville tallied 32 hits in the series.

Coming off an explosive June 7 14-1 win against ECU, it was clear Louisville was not going to make the same mistakes from the NCAA Regionals. Sophomore Bobby Miller shined on the mound, throwing a no-hitter through eight innings. Miller sat down five batters and only walked two on an efficient 90-pitch outing.

Louisville came into this game with the same intensity from game one. U of L scored three runs at the top of the second and third innings for an early lead.

The Cards added insurance runs by scoring another three runs in the fifth and ninth innings. Junior Drew Campbell and Justin Lavey led the way at the plate. Campbell went 3-for-5 with two RBIs while Lavey’s 3-for-3 performance added three RBIs.

For the Pirates, there was no buried treasure under the mound. They  switched pitchers six times during the game. Eight Cardinals recorded hits and four took the plate at least five times.

The Pirates at their height were only one base away from scoring a run at the bottom of the seventh.

The series marked the most runs allowed by ECU pitchers this season. In just two games the Pirates let by 32 hits, allowing Louisville plenty of opportunities to make plays.

The Cardinals will take the mound in the College World Series Saturday, June 15 in Omaha, Nebraska. Their opponent will be announced in the coming days.

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