It’s good to be home.
This is the first time since 2007 that the CWS has seen the designated “home” team win all four of the first round games as Louisville doubled-up Texas A&M 8-4 and Florida put down TCU 3-0. And if you like what you’ve seen offensively, the 35 runs that have been scored in the first four games of the CWS is the second-most scored since 2010, trailing only 2015’s 39 runs.
Today, it was Louisville extending A&M’s Omaha misery, sending the Aggies to their seventh straight loss here on the main stage. That is the second-longest stretch of CWS futility currently intact next to Cal State Fullerton’s eight straight losses. Meanwhile, the Cardinals broke a five-game streak of futility, getting their first CWS win since 2007 vs. Mississippi State. With the win Louisville won its first game in Omaha in four tries.
Today’s second game was a ritual constriction. Alex Faedo set a Florida record by striking out 11 Frog batters. Combined with Michael Byrnes’ four punch outs, that was a 15-K performance against a usually disciplined Frog batting order. They also combined to allow just five hits in all. This was just the second time this season that the Frogs were shut out. Sad times.
Here is how things looked at TD Ameritrade on Sunday.
TEXAS A&M – 4
LOUISVILLE – 8
Some notable images from the first game on the second day of the CWS…
The Cardinals scored early and often, bunching up five runs in the second inning to take a lead they would never lose.
Everything seemed to be pointing Louisville’s way in the win vs. Texas A&M (Yeah, I know this is a bad pun to write for a caption here, please forgive me).
It was a mixed-bag of results for Brendan McKay, going just 1-for-5 at the dish and tossing five innings on the mound, giving up four runs on eight hits. But he did improve to 11-3 on the season.
The Aggies did do a few things defensively to keep it close and give the Aggies a chance.
The Maroons would score a pair of runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth to make it a one-run game. Cole Bedford gets the joy of sliding… even though Walker Pennington was signaling for him to come in standing up. But whatevs, some people like to showboat a little.
It could be argued that the turning point came in the bottom of the sixth when a high throw to second pulled shortstop Austin Homan on a fielder’s choice. The Cards would score two more runs after that missed opportunity, extending their lead to 7-4.
The Aggies had double-barreled action in the bullpen in the seventh inning.
You don’t see this view of TD Ameritrade very often. I kinda dig it.
While there behind the right field fair pole I snapped this pic of a flyout catch by Blake Kopetsky. Cool.
UofL reliever Sam Bordner kept the Aggies off-kilter with his three-inning, zero-hit, zero-walk performance.
“Aw Ma you’re just jealous its the BEE-STEE-BOYZ!”
This kid was sprinting through the concourse, not caring that his foot-speed was messing up his hair.
I feel safe at the College World Series. (Okay, okay, the thing you can’t see is that I actually have my hands in zip-ties and am being escorted out of the stadium by two other police officers out of camera range)
TCU – 0
FLORIDA – 3
Some notable images from the second game on the second day of the CWS…
The Sun shined down on him today. Holy Toledo, Faedo is probably too modest to admit it, but he was wicked-evil tonight against TCU, striking out 11 batters and holding the Purple Gang to two hits in seven innings.
TCU had its issues on the base paths, getting picked off first base twice and also Cam Warner getting nabbed trying to extend to the next base.
The TCU stud suffered his first loss of the season, giving up three runs on six hits and uncharacteristically walking five (yes, 5) batters. Ugh. Poor dude.
True Grit! Dalton Guthrie went 2-for-3 with a walk on the day to lead the Gators.
Not sure what happened here but after Ryan Larson scored a run for the Gators, coach O’Sullivan gave him a stern talking to before he got back to the dugout.
Nelson Maldonado pays his respects to the baseball gods after slapping a double. Second base umpire Heath Jones seems duly unimpressed… while also wondering why the hell I’m taking this picture.
Australian bowhunter Cam Warner celebrates getting a base hit by getting into his bow form. Warner went 2-for-4 on the night.
It’s done. One down, four to go… Catcher Mike Rivera and pitcher Michael Byrne come together after the final out is recorded and the Gators have won the game.