June 04, 2007

Columbia, MO: Cards Take Columbia, Mo. Regional 16-6

Despite loading the bases in the 9th, Mizzou has fallen at home to the Cardinals of Louisville.

For the #3 seed Cards, this is the first regional championship in school history. And this team will be scary, especially since they will be able to hit with Oklahoma State.

16-6 is the Final, All-Tourney Team is in the link below.

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Columbia, MO: Mizzou Left To Three Outs

After a 1-2-3 top of the 8th, the host Tigers are down to their final outs. It will take a miracle comeback to overtake the Cards 10-run lead... assuming they don't take any on in the bottom of the inning.

Which isn't something I would bet against.

Bottom 8... 16-6 Louisville, and the Cards have 21 hits

Columbia, MO: Ejected

Up by 10, Boomer Whiting squared around to bunt. The next pitch he took it on a word that's a letter away from 'bunt.'

And as he ran down to first, reserve Lendsey Thomson exited the Mizzou dugout and had some words for Boomer. Home plate ump Mike Conlin took two steps towards him and gave him the heave-ho.

And again, Louisville manager Dan McDonnel is out jawing to Conlin, despite his team's comfy lead.

It could get ugly out here with tempers flaring... U of L 16, Mizzou 6 after six innings.

Kyle Hollander is in again for the Cards... it'll be tough to improve on his numbers, but we'll see if he does.

Columbia, MO: Cardinals In Charge

We're only through five here and Louisville is pouring it on.

They lead 16-5 after a Jorge Castillo home run and a Pete Rodriguez RBI 2B.

Louisville is hitting .581 as a team today, and nothing Mizzou puts out there can douse the flames.

One would think that U of L couldn't keep up this pace, but they have. If they do face OK. St in the Supers, expect runs, runs, and more runs.

Meanwhile, Tiger RF Aaron Senne just absolutely cranked another one to lead off the 6th... Mizzou has an uphill battle here, but that can't hurt.

'Ville... 16, Mizzou... 6

Columbia, MO: Dominguez Dominant

WOW. Chris Dominguez has sent another one out of here, this time oppo just hooking around the rightfield foul pole with two aboard.

Let's update his numbers: after doubling earlier, he is 7 of 18, scored 7 times, and knocked in 11 baserunners.

Despite his jawing, it's going to be tough to keep him off the ol' ballot now.

12-5 Louisville.

Columbia, MO: No Love Lost

Mizzou didn't score in their part of the 3rd, but they sure did help to stir up an already boiling pot.

It appeared that Tiger LF Aaron Senne stepped on Cardinal 1B Daniel Burton's leg as he tried to beat out the second part of a double play. Cards Manager Dan McDonnel came out to complain, and the umpires talked to both dugouts.

Then, as the inning ended, third base ump Bill Speck came over to talk to the U of L bench which apparently hadn't stopped jawing. McDonnel came out and back up his squad, and we are back to baseball at the moment.

Cards added one in the 2nd... it is now 9-5 in the bottom of the 3rd.

Columbia, MO: Tigers Roar Back

Batters five through nine in the Mizzou lineup have scored, and there are two on for Jacob Priday here in the top of the 2nd.

What a ballgame. Mizzou has five hits in the inning, and Skylar Meade hit a batter to bring a run, and his relief, Kyle Belanger, walked in another.

The third pitcher of the inning, Gavin Logsdon forced Priday to ground out to second... and it is 8-5 Louisville in ANOTHER wild one through one and a half.

Columbia, MO: I Hope You Took the Over

Finally, Mizzou gets out of the first inning, but not before U of L brings eight around to score.

Mizzou is clearly pressing in the field, with a big throwin error by Kyle Mach accounting for at least one of those runs coming around to score.

The thing about Mizzou is that they haven't won with pitching; they've won by gritting it out on offense. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Tigers make a run (if the first inning didn't totally deflate them.)

Top 2, 8-0 Louisville.

Columbia, MO: Ayi Papi! Chris Dominguez Slams In Four

The quick-strike Louisville offense did it again as Chris Dominguez cleared the bases with his second HR in as many games.

Look at Dominguez's weekend line: 6 of 16, 5 R, 8 RBI.

And Aaron Crow's day is already done after a base hit, a fielder's choice, and another single by Chris Cates plates another U of L run.

6-0 Cards.

Columbia, MO: Cards Jump On Top, 1-0

After nabbing the Golden Sombrero by striking out four times last night, Isaiah Howes was due.

He knocked in the first run of the ball game with a base hit back up the box.

Four consecutive singles in the inning, and it's 1-0 Cards in the bottom of the 1st.

Columbia, MO: Regional Championship Set In Columbia

Today will be the third time in three days that Missouri takes on Louisville with the two teams splitting the first two contests.

The Cardinals certainly swung momentum back their way by defeating the Tigers 4-3 last night. Besides the emotional lift, the crowd in Columbia is noticeably smaller as the tournament creeps into the work week.

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June 03, 2007

Columbia, MO: Monday, Monday

We're going seven in Columbia, Mo.

Mizzou left runners on first and second as Kyle Hollander gave another gutty performance out on the mound and willed the Cardinals to victory, 4-3.

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Columbia, MO: Pridaaaay, Pridaaaay, Priday Good

Bottom of the 9th, and Kyle Hollander has just given up his first hit in the regional.

A solo shot to Jacob Priday. Priday has been nasty, going 3 of 6 with 3 R and 4 RBI against the Cardinals.

4-3 Louisville in the bottom of the ninth, no one out.

Columbia, MO: Hot Corner

Someone should tell Cards 3B Chris Dominguez to shove a sock in his mouth.

After taunting the 1B and the catcher while rounding the bases, he preceded to dance back out on to the field as he returned to his position, before completely turning to face the Mizzou dugout and exchange some words.

The real question is... how is he still in this game? The umpires, and furthermore, the NCAA reps have really botched this decision. Dominguez should be taking a shower.

But at least the crowd is riding him for it; after a foul out by Evan Frey, Dominguez was roundly taunted every time he touched the ball as it moved about the horn.

Bottom of the 8th, U of L 4, Mizzou 2

Columbia, MO: Dominguez Doubles Up Mizzou With Dinger

Chris Dominguez just went deep with a Carlton Fisk-esque line drive.

And rounding first, he spun around and had words with Tiger 1B John McKee, before engaging in some extra-cirricular words with the Mizzou catcher Trevor Coleman.

The Tiger bench spilled out on to the field, and the Cardinals mobbed Dominguez.

Both these benches have been warned, and bad blood has officially been stirred between these two teams.

4-2 Cards in the top of the 7th.

Columbia, MO: Hollander Bails Out Cards

What a weekend for Louisville reliever Kyle Hollander. He's making his third appearance of the weekend, and his second today for the Cards, and he retired both Kyle Mach and Gary Ardnt with runners on second and third.

The last out brought the Louisville team out of the dugout to greet their screamin' dealer. He's gone 5.1 IP and has yet to allow a hit.

... and it just gets worse for Isaiah Howes. He just won the golden sombrero as he struck out swinging yet again in his fourth consecutive at-bat.

Columbia, MO: Howes It Feel?

What a forgettable day for Louisville LF Isaiah Howes. At the plate he's struck out swinging at three curveballs.

And in left, he just lost track of a ball that fell in for a double off the bat of Aaron Senne. That moved John McKee up to third with only one out.

The home team has a chance to break this one open... still 2-2.

Columbia, MO: Low Score in CoMo

Hard to believe it's still only 2-2 here in Columbia with the way these offenses have been churning out runs. U of L has scored 26 runs in three games, but Mizzou has turned some fine defensive plays to help keep them from piling up again.

Louisville has turned two big double plays on their end to keep the hot Mizzou bats off the board. Of course, Tiger fans would contest a call back in the 5th as it appeared that Chris Cates was only in the vicinity of the 2nd base bag as he made the turn.

Both teams have called to the pen, and it should be another great finish with a Regional Championship on the line.

Columbia, MO: All In a Day's Wark; Tigers Re-take Lead

Sorry about the pun.

But Colby Wark couldn't work his way out of the fourth after warking... er, walking two, and hitting a batter to load the bases.

That brings in Gavin Logsdon to log some innings.

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Columbia, MO: U of L Leaves 'Em Loaded

Mizzou pitcher Ian Berger has given up five hits to the Cardinals, but they have only one run to show for it. And with the bases loaded, he just got the Ville's Chris Cates to roll over a fastball and ground into a 5-3 DP.

Louisville can't afford to squander these sort of chances with the way the Tiger crowd has responded to big plays. Not to mention, it seems unlikely that U of L starter Colby Wark will go much longer forcing the Louisville bullpen, which has already been taxed this weekend, to try and pick up the slack.

Columbia, MO: Cards Even It Up

Boomer Whiting and Evan Frey are battling for All-Tourney honors, and so far Boomer has one-upped Frey making a rangining play in right-center and plating a run from second on a base hit. Frey made a nice diving catch, but Boomer has the edge in my mind at the moment. The U of L centerfielder ran a 10.5 100 Meter Dash in high school, and it's fun to watch him get to fly balls.

Columbia, MO: Hot Air Gives Tigers Flight

There have been some ridiculous homers here in Columbia, and LF Aaron Senne just added a bomb to the highlight reel. He pulled the ball deep down the rightfield line and down the hill beyond Taylor Stadium.

His dong is the only score, 1-0 Mizzou through 2.

Columbia, MO: Mizzou Looks For Regional Championship

Another night, another packed house at Taylor Stadium as Mizzou will try to defeat Lousiville two nights in a row.

On the hill for the Tigers is Ian Berger. Berger is 5-1 in 8 GS and has a 4.27 ERA.

His counterpart is RHP Colby Wark who brings a 3-3 mark into the game in 7 GS. Wark got some work last night against Mizzou, facing three batters without recording an out.

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Columbia, MO: Canes Out In One Run Loss

It's over for the Miami Hurricanes.

They fell 8-7 against the Louisville Cardinals here in Columbia, Mo. After going down 8-5, they scored once in the 7th and once in the 8th, but couldn't make lightning strike thrice as they stranded a runner on first.

This is the first time that Miami has lost a regional under Head Coach Jim Morris.

The Cardinal win sets up a Louisville/Mizzou rematch tonight at 6:30. I'll have my thoughts on that one after I enjoy some of the barbecue cooking up with the tailgaters getting ready for tonight's big game.

Columbia, MO: Fasten Your Seatbelts

It seems like everytime I try to write a new blog something else happens to render the previous play moot.

It's been a wild one, with a botched suicide squeeze, doubles off the wall and down the line, wild pitches and who knows what else is coming.

We're in the bottom of the 6th, 7-5 U of L.

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Columbia, MO: Cards' Castillo Clears Bases

It has not been LHP Eric Erickson's day. He gave up two base hits, and then walked only his third batter in his last six starts.

With the bases loaded Jorge Castillo jumped on a first pitch fastball and hit it off the base of the wall to clear the bags of Cards.

Bottom of the 1st... UL 3, UM 0

Columbia, MO: Louisville & Miami Square Up For Loser-Goes-Home-Rematch

It is an overcast and windy day here in Columbia as we are about an hour away from starting a game that will send another team home for good this season.

UM will throw freshman leftie Eric Erickson against junior RHP James Belanger.

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June 02, 2007

Columbia, MO: Two Fly Balls Later, Ballgame Over

Scooter Hicks gave up a base hit to bring in a run, but then forced Daniel Burton to fly out to left and Isaiah Howes to fly to right.

What a game from CoMo.

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Columbia, MO: Cards Bring Winning Run to Plate

Maybe I spoke too soon.

Chris Cates singled and Kyle Gibson has been chased by the U of L Cardinals.

That brings Daniel Burton to the plate representing the winning run in the bottom of the 9th. I'll update on the wild finish as it develops.

Columbia, MO: Bases Left Loaded

It isn't final yet, but it certainly looks like Mizzou will take Game #4 as they've added two in the top of the 9th.

Louisville's Chris Dominguez was brought in from 3B to pitch, but he quickly returned to the hot corner after retiring only one of five Tiger batters. Evan Frey touched Dominguez for a single, and a Brock Bond double brought him home. After getting Ryan Lollis to ground out, he walked Jacob Priday and hit Trevor Coleman.

But with the bases loaded, reliever Gavin Logsdon walked John McKee to bring in the second run of the inning before getting Aaron Senne to pop out and Kyle Mach to line out to right center.

It could have been much worse for the birds who will need three in the bottom of the ninth: last licks for Louisville... 7-4 Tigers.

Columbia, MO: Get Your Tape-Measures Out

Jacob Priday just went deep again, this time over the 16-foot high wall in centerfield.

The hits keep on coming. Louisville already has 11, but the six from the Tigers are enough to lead this game 5-4 in the top of the 7th.

Columbia, MO: Back and Forth We Go

After Mizzou put their first four runs on the board in a marathon sixth inning, Louisville is right back at it in the bottom half of the inning.

Louisville just has so much speed and are so aggressive that they can score extremely quickly. Mizzou RF Ryan Lollis did a nice job cutting off a single by Jorge Castillo, but Isaiah Howes still scored from second base to tie things back up at four. We already saw Howes cut down stealing once, but the collective short memory of U of L baserunners really gives them an edge.

And now both starting pitchers will have made their exit, both failing to record an out in the sixth inning. Rick Zagone will get the hook after a wild pitch and a walk to Chris Dominguez.

It will be Kyle Gibson out of the pen for Mizzou with two Cards on base behind him. From a neutral fan's perspective, this has been a great game thus far between two teams that are leaving it all out on the field.

Columbia, MO: Priday Night Lights

We've got a good one here in Columbia. Both teams have pulled their fair share of Roger Dorn impressions in the field, but DH Jacob Priday just got into a mistake pitch by Justin Marks to look more like Pedro Serrano. It went deep to left-center in about the blink of an eye.

With a man aboard in front of him, it makes it 3-2 Cards in the 6th.

That brought up catcher Trevor Coleman...

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Columbia, MO: Tigers Squander Opportunity

If there's one thing I've learned about watching college ball it would be that you can't squander chances. If there is a runner on third with less than two outs, he has got to come in to give your team a chance.

Of, if you load the bases with one out, you can't put the ball on the ground.

But that's what UL freshman leftie Justin Marks forced Aaron Senne to do, and it's still 3-0 Cards in the bottom of the 4th.

I like what I've seen from Marks thus far, and when he's thrown his last pitch I'll write a blog just about the spectacular frosh.

Columbia, MO: Louisville Two Out Ralliers

Louisville has pushed another two runs across, and all three have come with two outs up on the board. Yesterday against Miami, they scored the first nine runs against the Canes with two outs.

Quickly one of my favorite players of this regional is Chris Cates, the UL shortstop. He is 5'3", the smallest player in Division-1A baseball. A guy so small has a tiny strike zone, and he really works the count as the teams nine hole hitter, acting as a second leadoff guy to compliment Boomer Whiting. Cates has also only missed one game in his entire collegiate career, the second game of a double-header his freshman year.

He's played in 223 straight games since. He reached on an error and scored the last inning, and despite his size, his range has been impressive at short.

3-0 Cards here in the 4th.

Columbia, MO: The Ol' 9-6 DP & the Cards Strike First

In the bottom of the 2nd it was Mizzou starter Rick Zagone dealing to LF Isaiah Howes, and Howes won the battle with a base hit. Then DH Jorge Castillo flied out to deep rightfield and Howes tried to take the extra base, but a perfect throw from Ryan Lollis cut down Howes for an untraditional 9-6 DP.

The Cards were kicking themselves a batter later when 3B Chris Dominguez tripled off the wall. But Pete Rodriguez drilled a first pitch fastball back up the box, and Dominguez scored.

Cards draw first blood, 1-0 in the 3rd.

Columbia, MO: The Thin Line Between "Brave" and "Stupid"

Danny Gil toed it pretty closely in a wild finish here at Taylor Stadium between Miami and Kent St.

After Chris Tremblay led off with a double off the wall, in a one run game the right play was to ask Doug Sanders to bunt him over.

It was a fastball from Danny Gil, and the ball didn't die off the bat. Gil got off the ground in a hurry, and fired another fastball to third.

Gus Menendez was covering the bag, and had to come off to grab Gil's throw. In one fluid movement, he caught the ball while applying a sweeping tag on Tremblay while taking the better part of his cleats.

One out. A pop out, and a big strike out later, Miami holds on, and Kent St. is ready for some bbq.

Miami 8, Kent State 7 Final

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Columbia, MO: Not Just a Flash In the Pan?

Canes fans are thinking, "Here we go again."

The Golden Flashes have worked off of a double, a single, two hit batsmen and a walk to push across two runs and keep the bases loaded.

So it wa's Alex Koronis in from the pen to relieve Enrique Garcia, who, despite the last inning, did everything asked of him in the ball game.

Koronis only threw one pitch to Anthony Gallas, and it split the gaps in right-center to make it a 8-6 ballgame.

It only got more interesting.

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Columbia, MO: Garcia Strong, Canes Piling On

It is now 8-1 Miami behind a strong pitching performance from Enrique Garcia. Garcia has thrown a 1-2-3 inning in six of the seven he has hit the mound. Garcia has three-hit the Golden Flashes and hasn't walked a batter since the 3rd.

Meanwhile, Miami seems to have learned from yesterday's collapse and have kept at it at the plate scoring in every inning except the 3rd and 5th. They just added a run here in the 8th, and have led off the last three innings with a double.

It will be a long weekend for the Canes as they need to win four straight, so here come some reserves. St. Louis native Jason Hagerty will get an at-bat for Jemile Weeks. Hagerty grounded out, but it was still nice for the Missourian to get a chance to play in front of his family.

To the bottom of the 8th, 8-1 Miami.

Columbia, MO: Short Leash for Smith

Despite the fact that Evan Smith has gone 5 IP in everyone of his 13 prior starts, he's been pulled by Head Coach Scott Stricklin with men on the corners and 1 out. A little strange considering he was only a groundball away from ending the inning, but in an elimination game Stricklin won't take that chance.

Let's see if the Canes are more effective hitting against Kent State's bullpen than they were against Louisville's.

Columbia, MO: Hurricane Miscues Costly Again

Kent State loaded the bases thanks to two Enrique Garcia walks and got some help from a Garcia wild pitch and a Richard O'Brien passed ball. Then 2B Doug Sanders drove in Kent State's first run with a sac fly to deep center.

The Canes have three hits, two of them by Mark Sobolewski who continues his hot hitting. Sobolewski hit a homer to lead off the second, and then singled to start the fourth.

2-1 Canes in the top of the 4th.

Columbia, Mo.: Maybe It's the Home Cookin'

Last night the Miami baseball team went to CF Blake Tekotte's house for dinner.

It must have been good for Blake to be back home because he absolutely tore into a 3-1 fastball to put it over the 370 alley in right.

It brought Miami and Mizzou fans alike to their feet.

1-0 Canes through one.

Columbia, MO: Soggy, Cloudy Setting for First Elimination Game

Today in Columbia and in 15 other sites across the country a team's season will end.

Here it will either be the #2 Miami Hurricanes or the #4 Kent St. Golden Flashes. Miami lost to Louisville after clamming up after the third inning. Kent St. looked like they could hang with Mizzou about as long before the long ball doomed them. I'm not sure either team is too confident in their 'pens after the opening day, and both teams will be looking for distance from their starters.

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June 01, 2007

Columbia, MO: Ballgame. Mizzou 10, Kent St. 2

Day One of the Missouri Regional is over as Aaron Crow throws a CG five-hitter to the Kent St. Golden Flashes.

Crow threw 119 pitches to get the cruicial first victory. And Crow did not let up; after an error to start the ninth put Kent 3B on third, he struck out the side, all swinging.

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Columbia, MO: Kent State On the Board As Rohan Rakes In Two

Here in the top of the 7th, and Greg Rohan goes yard to bring the score 7-2. The bomb landed over the 370 sign in left-center and it's the 12th of the year for Rohan, which leads the team.

Still, Aaron Crow has only allowed five hits in 7IP.

Stretch time here at the yard... Mizzou will try to add some insurance against lefty reliever Jon Porkony.

Columbia, MO: Play Some Music Please!

During Kent State's most recent pitching change, a fan took it upon himself to lead the Mizzou faithful in a rendition of "If You're Happy and You Know It."

Believe it or not, the crowd followed along-- for a while.

He got to "If You're Happy and You Know It, Stomp Your Feet" before another fan stood up, turned around and yelled at the Press Box: "Play some music please!"

Which brought Taylor Stadium down. Easy to laugh for Mizzou: they lead 7-0.

Columbia, MO: John McKee Makes It Rain In Columbia

Well, the rain abated here in Columbia, but that didn't stop Mizzou 1B John McKee from hitting a rainbow shot off the top of the scoreboard in left-- with the bases juiced. Chris Carpenter struggled, walking two, and giving up a single to bring up McKee who just gave the Tigers a 6-0 lead.

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Columbia, MO: Cats OK In the Rain

After pitching three hitless innings, Kent St. RHP Chris Carpenter has giving up three straight hits-- a single, a double, and a single-- and Mizzou has gone on top 2-0. Trevor Coleman picked up two RBI with the last hit, and with a rocking stadium, and no one out, it could have been trouble for the Flashes. However, Carpenter forced a fly out and a double play to escape further harm.

But meanwhile, rain has begun to fall here in Columbia and umbrellas have started to pop-up from the record crowd at Taylor Stadium. With the game moving as fast as it has so far though, it might be done before the rest of the rain gets here.

Columbia, MO: The Real Chris Carpenter?

This game is barely 40 minutes old, but we're already through three and a half innings of play between the Tigers and the Golden Flashes. Thus far it's been the pitcher's duel I expected... in today's first game.

But Kent State's Chris Carpenter has thrown like the man with the same name who plays down the road at Busch Stadium. He has yet to allow a hit, and after walking two in the bottom of the 3rd, he struck out Brock Bond to end the inning. Bond has been one of the toughest Tiger's to cut down on strikes.

Meanwhile Aaron Crown has allowed only one hit, and faced the minimum in four innings pitched.

No score, 0-0.

Columbia, Mo.: Home Field Advantage

Game 2 is just an inning old here in Columbia, MO and with the host Tigers out on the field it's easy to see why a university would be eager to shell out six figures to host a regional.

There isn't a single spare seat in Taylor Stadium, and the concession stands are packed. I made the mistake of leaving the park for a bite to eat in between games, and when I came back, the nearest parking lot was the Missouri football stadium.

To wit, the following announcement was just made over the public address: "Fans, we have a record crowd here at Taylor Stadium. So to accomadate, please move as far to the center of the stands as possible."

Six up, six down. It's the Kent St. part of the 2nd inning with Mizzou LHP Aaron Crow dealing heat.

Columbia, MO: First One In the Books: UL 13; UM 7

Kyle Hollander threw four innings of hitless ball, and retired 12 straight to set up closer Trystan Magnuson in the ninth. Magnuson surrendered a hit to Mark Sobolewski, but got out of the 9th to preserve the Cards 13-7 lead.

Prior to Sobolewski's hit, Miami did not score since the 2nd inning, did not record a hit since the 3rd, and did not reach base since the 4th. And that was after they chased the Big East Pitcher of the Year, Zack Pitts.

More thoughts on this game later, but now I'm going to hit the Mizzou snack stand before the Tigers take on the Kent State Golden Flashes

Louisville... 13-15-2; W - Gavin Logsdon (2-0)
Miami... 7-11-1; L - Kyle Bellamy (0-1)

Offensive players of the game: UL 1B Daniel Burton (3-5, 4 RBI, BB) or UL C Derrick Alfonso (5-6, 2 RBI, 3 R)

Stretch Time In Columbia

Another homer from Louisville, this time its Isaiah Howes in the 7th. 10-7 Louisville.

Miami hasn't scored since a six run second inning, and the closer for Louisville Trystan Magnuson is a stud. He brings a .92 ERA into the game, and the fifth year senior has been receiving calls from Theo Epstein and Leo Mazzone.

7-8-9 due up in the bottom of the 7th for the Canes.

Louisville Adds Two, Takes Lead

Miami starting pitcher Scott Maine is in the locker room, and Miami's pen has been asked to pick up the slack.

But Chris Cates and Boomer Whiting combined for three steals, and both scored to put the #3 Cards back on top, 9-7.

Miami goes down quietly in their part of the 5th, but the way this game is going, anything can happen.

Louisville Ties Things Up With a Castillo Shot

Well so much for the pitcher's duel. Jorge Castillo's three-run homer took Dennis Raben's glove over the wall and the lead away from the Canes.

Bottom 4, 7-7 in a wild one here in Columbia.

Miami's O'Brien Goes Yard, Weeks Triples in 3, Pitts Chased

Sr. C Richard O'Brien lined a 2-2 fastball deep to left-centerfield and the Canes now trail by one, 3-2.

OB has put up some sick stats for the Canes over the last 14 games: 11 hits, 3 2b, 4 HR and 19 RBI.

A Dave DiNatale single, and a Blake Tekotte 2b brought Canes fans (and Columbia natives) to their feet as Miami had two runners in scoring position with only one out. Roger Tomas popped out, and Yonder Alonso got an intentional free pass.

Then Jemile Weeks smoked a 3-2 pitch to the wall and slid in with a triple that cleared the bases. 5-3 UM.

Dennis Raben was the fifth batter of the game to be hit by a pitch, and the Canes have brought nine to the plate in the bottom of the 2nd.

Mark Sobolewski then drove in his 51st ribbie of the season, and Gus Menendez followed with his 23rd.

And that's it for Big East Pitcher of the Year, Zack Pitts. Six have scored in the inning, and two are on with two outs here in the 2nd, with the Canes on top 7-3.

...and Back Come the Cards

Scott Maine has hit a batter and thrown two wild pitches here in the top of the 2nd, one of them scoring Derrick Alfonso from 3rd.

The Canes have committed an error, and Jemile Weeks misplayed a groundball he usually gets to. With a dangerous Louisville squad, Miami cannot afford these mistakes.

Cue Daniel Burton: single off of Roger Tomas' leaping glove and two more come in to make it 3-1 UL as we head to the bottom of the 2nd.

Canes Plate First Run

The Canes have certainly seen their fair share of good pitchers this season, so it's no surprise they came out swining against Zack Pitts. After Blake Tekotte's fly out, Roger Tomas and Yonder Alonso singled. Then Jemile Weeks was hit by a pitch (the third batter this game to be hit) and all of a sudden the bases were loaded for Dennis Raben.

Raben brought in the first run of the ball game with a sac fly.

A nice defensive play by Chris Cates took a hit away from Mark Sobolewski, but the Canes lead now 1-0.

Maine, Canes Dodge Bullet

Louisvilled had runners on 1st and 2nd with no one out, then later loaded the bases with two outs, but failed to score in the top of the 1st.

Boomer Whiting reached with a bunt single in a full count, and Logan Johnson was hit by a pitch (the 27th time this season). Then Daniel Burton hit a hard groundball to Gus Menendez at 3rd. Menendez stepped on the bag and fired to first to complete the twin-killing.

Then Maine walked Isaiah Howes, and hit Jorge Castillo with a pitch to load the bases. But Chris Dominguez flied out to right, and Maine walked away unscathed.

Only one hit, bases left loaded. No score here in the bottom of the 1st inning.

Canes and Cards Collide In CoMo

It's a beautiful day at Taylor Stadium here in Columbia, Mo., where hopefully the rain will hold off. It was hot and humid this morning, but the cloud cover has moved off for now.

LHP Scott Maine will take the hill for Miami, and his counterpart will be Big East Pitcher of the Year RHP Zack Pitts. The line-up cards are all printed out, and as always, both teams have some interesting storylines to follow.

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May 31, 2007

Columbia, Mo. Regional Preview

The Columbia, Mo. Regional should certainly be a competitive one as it features two 40-win squads in the University of Missouri and Louisville, a conference champion team in Kent State, and one of college baseball's traditional powerhouses, the University of Miami. There is no other sport that values stats more than baseball, and in this preview, that's what I will rely on to analyze each time. I'm looking forward to a great weekend of baseball off of I-70, and can't wait for the first pitch as the Canes take on the Cards on Friday at 1 p.m. CST.

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