Kentucky tops N.C. State 10-5, earns first super regional
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 20:07
The Louisville Cardinals will be playing in their fifth straight Super Regional. Redshirt junior left-handed starting pitcher Gerry Salisbury (Brunswick, Ohio) retired IN in order IN the top of the first to set the tone early.
The top-seeded Wildcats climbed out of the elimination bracket with three consecutive victories over IN and NC State to claim a spot IN the Super Regionals for the first time IN program history. The victory was extra sweet, as the Cats won three consecutive elimination games, including back-to-back nights over the third-seeded Wolfpack.
Throughout the season, coach Nick Mingione has implored the Wildcats to play with a "desire to win that dominates", which Branch Rickey said is the most important quality in a player. "I was watching the right fielder", said Cottam, "and once he started running I said, let's go, and turned the burners on".
"This goes way deeper than just baseball".
"Johnny doesn't walk people, so Johnny never really had Johnny's command", Avent said. The Wildcats beat NC State 10-5 in front of a stadium record 5,005 fans who stuck around after a 2 hour and 16 minute rain delay before the game ever started. When play resumed a record crowd of 5,005 at Cliff Hagan Stadium was in full throat from first pitch, eventually breaking into song and dance in the later innings. The best-of-three series will begin either Thursday or Friday.
LEXINGTON - Logan Sowers knocked in five runs with three homers, including a three-run shot in the eighth inning, and Jonathan Stiever pitched a complete-game seven-hitter as in routed OH 11-2 on Saturday to remain alive in the NCAA Tournament Lexington Regional.
It seemed unlikely after United Kingdom fell to NC State in the first meeting of what would be three between the two teams in the Lexington regional. A hit batter, two walks, a wild pitch, a flawless sacrifice bunt by Zach Reks set up a two-run double by catcher Kole Cottam that broke a 5-5 tie and all but broke the game open. In the sixth, senior second baseman Tony Butler hit a one-out single to left center and scored one out later on an OH error. Evan White singled to second base, scoring Carson from third base.
Joe Dunand walked and scored on a double down the left field line by Will Wilson. Dedelow was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the fifth and scored one out later on a double to left center by Gorski. Freshman Cameron Beauchamp from Peru came in and gave up a double to Tristan Pompey that made it 6-1. Zach Reks laid down a SAC bunt to move the runners.
Just one of the 10 batters Hjelle faced reach base and that was by a one-out error in the eighth. After missing the national postseason tournament 17 years in a row, OH punched its second NCAA Regional ticket in the last three years as the MAC's automatic bid.
IU staged mini rallies in both the seventh and ninth innings, but ultimately only managed to pull within five runs of Kentucky.