SENIOR COMES UP HUGE
University of Louisville senior first baseman Zak Wasserman came into the NCAA Super Regional against Vanderbilt hitting just .230.
But he sure came up clutch against the Commodores.
Wasserman had two hits and two RBIs on Saturday in a 5-3 victory by U of L and also drove in the first run on Sunday in a 2-1 win for the Cardinals.
Wasserman drove in designated hitter Jeff Gardner all three times.
”I was just trying to do my job,” he said. “This was a total team effort. We all had to come out here and do our parts.”
RAT GOES INTO THE DOG PILE
Second baseman Nick Ratajczak didn’t start for the first time in 125 games because of a shoulder injury on Sunday.
But that didn’t keep the senior out of the action.
Ratajczak, who wore a sling, took infield prior to the game and gave replacement Zach Lucas some encouragement.
After the game, Ratajczak was one of the first guys into the dog pile. He “chucked the sling,” and dove right in with his teammates to celebrate.
”That’s a once-in-a-lifetime for me,” he said. “It was on my bucket list. I didn’t care about the pain. I got trampled a bit but that’s OK.
”I came out of there with a smile and tears in my eyes.”
CARDS NOT FINISHED YET
U of L will be making its second appearance in the College World Series. The 2007 team went 1-2 when they made it to Omaha.
The Cardinals will play Indiana in the first game of the World Series on either Saturday or Sunday in Omaha, Neb. The schedule will be released on Monday.
”We’re hoping to go there and handle our business,” Wasserman said.
”Added Nick Burdi: “Our goal is to dog pile in Omaha.”
U of L will have ticket information and other details out on Monday.
SINGLE-SEASON WINS RECORD
The win gave U of L a new single-season mark for wins.
U of L heads to the College World Series with a 51-12 record and winners of 21 of the past 23 games since losing to Vandy on April 23.
The 2010 team held the record with 50 wins.
U of L left fielder Coco Johnson was hit in the head with a 94 MPH fastball early in the game but stayed in. After the game Johnson said, “I have a head ache.”
Reliever Joe Filomeno came out of the game after getting two outs in the eighth innings and was holding his left arm. He said “it’s not about me right now, it’s about this team. I will be fine.”