For the second year in a row, the Louisville Cardinals have made it to Omaha for the College World Series. They will take on Vanderbilt this Saturday at 8 p.m., ET on ESPN2. The Cards and Commodores are building quite the rivalry in baseball, and this will only fuel that. If you remember, Louisville went down to Nashville last year and beat Vanderbilt, who was the 2nd overall seed, to advance to Omaha.
The way the College World Series works is similar to having two separate Regionals. There are two brackets of 4 teams each, and the two winners of those “pods” will play in a best of 3 series for the championship. So in one bracket you have Louisville, Vanderbilt, Texas, and UC Irvine. In the other, you have Texas Tech and the winners of TCU/Pepperdine, Maryland/Virginia, and Mississippi, Louisianna-Lafayette. Those games will be played today so the field will be set after that. Here is the schedule for this year’s College World Series:
Saturday June 14
3:00 p.m., ET – Texas vs UC Irvine
8:00 p.m., ET – Louisville vs Vanderbilt
This video was taken by the good folks over at thecrunchzone.com. It is Louisville Baseball coach Dan McDonnell speaking to the media after the Cards clinched their second straight trip to the College World Series. He gets very emotional. You have to love how real it is. I
My favorite part is easily when he says “It’s uncomfortable when people say I take these kids to Omaha. Because I don’t. They take me.”
The Louisville Cardinals baseball team is just 1 win away from reaching the College World Series for the second year in a row. In front of a record crowd of 5,351 at Jim Patterson Stadium, the Cards used a 3-run 8th inning to take control of game 5-3 and hand it over to Nick Burdi for the save. After striking out the first two batters of the 9th, the new Minnesota Twin gave up a single before getting a pop out to 3rd to end the game.
Louisville struck first in the 3rd inning on a Nick Solak single. The freshman wasn’t done just yet though. Kennesaw State scored 2 runs in the 4th to take a 2-1 lead. One of the runs came on a bang-bang play at 1st that was very close. The runner was called safe and a run scored on what would have been the 3rd out of the inning. The Owls would end up taking a 3-1 lead in the 5th.
This weekend, the Louisville Cardinals will take on the Kennesaw State Owls in the NCAA Baseball Super Regionals. The winner of the 3-game series will advance to the College World Series. We had hoped that information would be released tonight as to when the games would be at Jim Patterson Stadium. It now appears that the information won’t be released until Tuesday morning.
The series will begin either Friday or Saturday.