Things tend to come full circle in this world and the Big East Baseball Championship is not exception. The infamous "Mrs. #5" AND, yes AND, the Cincinnati Superfan are here at the game today. What a pleasant development.
Naturally, after I start talking about good defense, Notre Dame decides to break out their bats. They scored three runs in the second, all of which were off of well-placed hits. Notre dame did leave the bases loaded however. Will it come back to hurt them?
Hitting is making a comeback here in Clearwater. The last game, featuring Louisville and Connecticut, boasted 33 hits and 22 runs. I am growing accustomed to seeing the ball fly off of the end of an aluminum bat.
Louisville's Jorge Castillo hits a huge one into the right field corner driving in three runs and the Cardinals take the lead over Connecticut 8-5 in the top of the sixth. To add insult to injury, the Huskie pitcher, Joshua MacDonald beaned two batters in a row.
Might not be anything as difficult as pitching under pressure. Full count, two on and a herd of ferocious bulls on your back. Tonight, Notre Dame freshman right-handed pitcher Kyle Weiland silenced the bulls and pitched past the pressure as Notre Dame wins 3-1.
Understandably, quite a few more fans have shown up for the last game of the day, South Florida vs. regular season conference champ Notre Dame. However, I am not sure if the growth in attendance is due to the "home town" favorite USF Bulls or the enchantment with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
Under overcast skies, the Big East tournament has had its fair share of hits today in Clearwater, Florida. So much for the humidity slowing anything down on its way out of the ballpark (or in, for that matter).