Ballyard Friday Night — Cards, Commodores Renew Rivalry Today

Revised 6/05 12;40 pm

Vandy won. In 13 innings. Which was at least four too many for the throng of Cards’ fans waiting for the U of L game to start.

Cardinals won. Easily.

Setting up another battle in what has become quite a testy little rivalry between the SEC and Big East baseball stalwarts.

Remember. Louisville eliminated the Commodores last year at Patterson Field in this very same NCAA regional. Then the Nashville West Enders got a 17 inning pay back earlier this¬†season. I’m advised the teams don’t like each other.

Play ball!

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Louisville was agressive from the get go against St. Louis. Billiken starter Bryant Cotton looked like a goner from the start, though staying in charge once through the order. After which U of L’s aggressiveness at the plate and on the base paths took control.

The Cards executed well. Three sac flies for runs showed their mettle and focus.

Starter Derek Self didn’t have his best stuff, and struggled. Reliever Tony Zych came out of the bullpen smokin’. In 5 1/3 innings of shut out relief, he struck out five.

St. Louis was done.

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Vandy’s hero was Jack Armstrong, the #3 hurler on the staff. He pinch hit in the winning run in the bottom of the 13th. It was his third — count ‘em, 1, 2 ,3 — at bat of the season. He’s now 2 for 3.

Was it karma? He thinks so. “Actually I visualized the exact hit. I don’t know how it happened, but it’s kind of fate to be honest with you.”

If the name sounds familiar to Reds’ fans, it should. It was his dad who use to hurl for Cincy.

Armstrong also saved the day for Commodore manager Tim Corbin. Several times he made some major gaffes. First basemen out of position in the field. And, indefensibly, hitting away in extra innings in an obvious bunting situation.

Underdog Illinois State had a shot in the top of the 13th. Bases loaded, one down. A double play ended the threat.

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It’s been announced that Louisville ace, Thomas Royse, will not pitch again today against the Commodores. Who will be sending out their ace, Sonny Gray.

What hasn’t been announced about Royse is the mysterious fatigue and perhaps other ailments he is enduring. Tests have been run. Nothing has been determined. I’m told he won’t pitch at all this weekend, unless he makes a serious recovery today or tomorrow.

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It’s possible that coach Dan McDonnell’s absence will be more noticeable against Vandy. But I doubt it. The Commodores’ Corbin tends to overcoach.

At least that’s what several Commodore fans advised during the course of the game. Including the parents and grandparents of slugger Aaron Westlake, who went yard during the Illinois State W.

– Seedy K

2 Comments

  1. Michael
    Posted June 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Ken?

  2. Seedy K
    Posted June 5, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Oops. Thanks for the heads up. I have corrected the error.

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