--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES BOUND!!!
The Louisville Cardinals have made it to Omaha for the fifth time in school history, after defeating East Carolina 12-0. In front of a sellout crowd, and with game time moved up three hours due to the threat of rain, Dan McDonnell’s Cardinals have made it to the promised land of college baseball, and will fight for a shot at an NCAA championship.
Dramatics surrounded the game. For starters, Bobby Miller pitched an absolute gem. He threw a no-hitter into the ninth inning. Through the first six innings, Miller only threw 58 pitches. In the seventh, he had to throw 20. Miller went eight innings, and gave up just one hit, and two walks. He struck out five Pirates.
Louisville scored three runs in the second, third, fifth, and ninth.
Drew Campbell opened scoring. The right-fielder hit a bases-clearing triple to the corner in left, scoring two-runners. The hit was just past the outstretched glove of the Pirates’ left fielder. Then, with the bases loaded and two outs, a wild pitch was thrown by ECU SP Alec Burleson. It sent one more runner home.
Justin Lavey added to the lead in the third. He hit a double to the right-field corner, plating Alex Binelas and Drew Campbell. Then, Henry Davis singled through the left side of the infield, putting Campbell across.
Davis added another run in the top of the fifth. He acted like he was pulling his bat back to avoid a strike, but made contact with a pitch and sent it to short right field. Then, Lucas Dunn plated another run with a groundout to short. Logan Wyatt extended Louisville’s lead to nine with an out to first.
Louisville added a pair of runs in the ninth. First, Lavey hit a double, scoring one run. Then, Zeke Pinkham singled in Lavey. Dunn doubled for Louisville’s third run of the inning.
With no outs in the ninth inning, pinch-hitter Thomas Francisco ripped a single to right field, ending the n0-hitter. Dan McDonnell came on after and pulled the Sophomore starting pitcher. Michael Kirian relieved him and the Cardinals won the Super Regional.
Louisville will have a few days to celebrate. The first College World Series game will take place on June 15th. It is the Cardinals fifth College World Series appearance.