Louisville: Quotes And Comments

By Doug Kroll - June 09, 2007

On a day where Louisville could have sent themselves to Omaha for the first time, it really felt like it in the stadium. There were more people than even yesterday's record crowd crammed in on a gorgeous day that saw temperatures in the mid-80s and not a cloud in the sky.

One thing I've noticed about the crowds here are that people are really embracing college baseball. They are willing to learn the little nuances that are different than the majors. After all, most of the fans had only been to a handful of games with Louisville never seeing such an atmosphere before.

I'll always say that there's no better atmosphere than a postseason baseball game. With the crowds standing on every two strike pitch for the Cards and to hear the nervousness every time a pitch was hit in the air by the Cowboys.

When it comes down to it, Louisville isn't just here to have fun. They are here to win the thing and head to Omaha. Coach McDonnell has stressed many things with his club this year, but one of the best things I've heard is that he's told the guys to just enjoy it.

"I don't want them to look back ten days from now or ten years from now and say,'Man, I wish we would have enjoyed that more,'" McDonnell said.

The fact that Louisville was three outs away with one of the best pitchers in the nation on the mound protecting a 3-2 lead is something that these guys are going to have to get over. They had their backs up against the wall last weekend in Columbia and went out and won three straight, two coming against host Missouri. So one has to think that they'll come out and play like they did then.

For the Cowboys, coach Anderson just kept saying how they had to come out early and keep them off the board early unlike the day before when Lousville jumped all over them early on. He had a gut feeling about today's starter Justin Friend, who had been the primary closer with only two starts all year before today. Gotta love those gut feelings.

Friend pitched great baseball, going eight innings, giving up six hits, two runs (none earned) while walking two and striking out four.

Good pitching is something that OSU ran into yesterday and did today. But the difference today was so did they. After Friend came out, shortstop Jordy Mercer moved to the mound and pitched just as well. Mercer went four innings allowing just two hits and no runs with a walk and striking out three, keeping his team alive.

Posted by Doug Kroll at 04:37 PM on June 09, 2007

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