A more dedicated and ambitious scribe than myself would now be checking to see if U of L baseballers Matt Helms and Joe Filomeno have been quafing the same sports drink, or eating the same food in the dorm or otherwise genuflecting before the same spiritual guru as Tim Henderson?
It better be. Otherwise there’s some real hoodoo voodoo goin’ down at the Belknap Campus.
Or, Tom Jurich, like Robert Johnson before him, sold his soul to Beelzebub at the Crossroads.
Whatever, the mantra that’s been repeated all spring in these parts, and may be the only phrase insinuated more into the vernacular this summer than Daft Punk’s “We’re up all night to get lucky” remains: It’s a great time to be a Louisville Cardinal fan.
Last week, Filomeno came out of the pen and shut down Oklahoma State’s bats, steadied the Cards who held a shaky lead in the Regional Final and was MVP o’ the Day. You know, like Henderson came off the bench and drained two very important treys against Wichita State in the national semis.Yesterday it was the rarely used but ever ready Helms, who, while pinch hitting, in only his 41st at bat of the season, half stroked a single through the left side of the Vanderbilt infield. The bases had been full. Two of those Cardinals scored, giving Dan McDonnell’s nine a two run lead. Which they expanded, and held against the home-standing, second-ranked favored Commodores.
Okay, musical interlude. Cue the Steppenwolf:
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It was U of L’s 50th W of the season, and its first ever against Vandy in Nashville.
The Cards garnered four more HBPs, upping their total to 124 on the year.
Though closer, Nick Burdi was wobbly late, loading the bases in the 9th, the Cards hung on and are a perfect 45-0 when leading after 8. Vandy remains ofer, when behind after 8.
Dace Kime, who was off his feed, during his appearance last weekend in the Regionals, was steady as she goes during his inning plus of relief yesterday, earning the win.
Vandy, which faced a lose and go home situation last weekend against Georgia Tech, will attempt to stay alive again today, throwing right-hander Tyler Beede at the predominately left-handed hitting Cardinals. You might say Beede’s having a great year. He’s 14-0 with a 2.20 ERA.
Louisville will also send its ace to the mound. Jeff Thompson is 10-1 with a 2.06 ERA.
The Cardinals secret weapon might be the new unis they’ll be wearing This afternoon. As dictated by Adidas.of course. They look like Houston Astros throwbacks. It could be worse. If you think they’re ugly, take a look at the baby blue pajama tops that have been foisted on North Carolina.
– Seedy K