Friday at the Ballyard

Note the official NCAA logo attached to this post. It’s required as one of the conditions of credential approval by college sports’ ruling body for anybody reporting from the site of an NCAA event.

Their wish. My command. (I have not been cited for violating that policy this afternoon, which, shush, I did. My fingers are crossed. Should I be the subject of an NCAA investigation, I have two defenses. 1) I took my own SAT test. 2) I brought no homies with me into the Press Box.)

Patterson Park is jammed fuller than contestant’s pants on opening night of “The Biggest Loser.” Record attendance of 4605.

It, frankly, hasn’t been a very compelling game and the throng has been decidedly mute. It happens.

The Cards just finished off IU 8-2, besting the Hoosiers ace Eric Arnett, who came into the game with a glossy 12-1 record. He’s now 12-2. The Cardinals’ Justin Marks had far from his best stuff. He threw a lot of pitches. His record is now 11-2.

There were lots of errors. Most important the one of IU first sacker Jerrud Sabourin in the bottom of the 5th with two Cards aboard. The tallies increased U of L’s margin to 5-2.

Chris Dominguez, who reached first on HBP in his first two at bats, showed why he’s the BEast Player of the Year, a 1st team All-American and, essentially, The Man. (With apologies to Stan the . . .) With two outs in the fifth, he turned a single to short center into a surprising double. All hustle. The Hoosiers were unnerved. Phil Wunderlich was intentionally walked. Sabourin dropped the not-so-sure pop-up out. Voila, U of L had space between them and the Hoosiers.

In the 8th, the Cards added insurance when Wunderlich knocked in a couple. He’s an impressive 7-8 on the season with the bases loaded. That’s not a typo. That’s an .875 average if you’re keeping stats at home.

Most all the Cardinals are sporting Mohawks. Several in a bright dyed red. Are these college ballplayers wacky or what?

Everybody loves to hear “Y*M*C*A” at the ballyard.

So, anyway, ho hum, the Cards are in the winners’ bracket tomorrow night against Middle Tennessee, a 5-4 winner over Vandy in the opener. IU meets the Commodores in the loser goes home first game.

Warning: Should you be thinking of heading to 3d & Central tomorrow night, remember this. There’s a big C & W concert at Papa Johns, which is just over the right field fence. The area will be action central — there’s also the NCAA Track & Field regionals at Cardinal Park just blocks away — and it’s gonna be LOUD. Be sure the kids are immunized against beer drinkers and hell raisers.

– Seedy K

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