Kidston has been waiting for this start

Anthony Kidston

OMAHA, Neb. - Anthony Kidston had to watch as the University of Louisville baseball team participated in the College World Series last season. On Monday, the Cardinals hopes will rest on the right arm of Kidston, who will get the start in an elimination game against Texas.

University of Louisville sophomore pitcher Anthony Kidston didn't miss a beat when a reported asked where he watched last year's College World Series from.

"Section 107," Kidston said with a smile.

Kidston could only watch after his season was cut short because of shoulder surgery. He tore his labrum on April 21 and missed the rest of the season for the Cardinals.On Monday, the right hander from Defiance, Ohio, will have a much better veiew. Kidston will get the start for U of L in an elimination game against Texas at TD Ameritrade Park.

"It's going to be exciting, that's for sure," he said. "It's going to mean a lot to me personally. I just thank God for being part of this team and being able to play this year."

Kidston had a 5-0 record and 1.31 ERA in 13 appearances last season, striking out 58 in 48 innings. But on April 21, Kidston left a game against St. John's after seven strong innings with some arm trouble. He spent two weeks trying to rehab the injury to get back in time for the Big East Tournament and U of L's postseason.

But he never made it back, eventually having surgery and returning to mound for the first time on March 14. He was used much of the season as the No. 3 guy and moved into the No. 2 role when Jared Ruxer went down late in the season.

"Anthony competes," U of L coach Dan McDonnell said. "You always know he's going to give you a chance because he throws the three-pitch mix. The infielders like it because he gets a lot of ground balls. They like to be involved."

Kidston has started 13 games this season, going 9-0 with a 3.54 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 68.2 innings of action. For his career, Kidston is 14-0 with a 2.62 ERA.

And his teammates are confident he will give them another solid outing against Texas.

"He's been giving us five or six, sometimes seven plus innings when he's out on the mound," Jeff Gardner said. "Having him out there on the mound everybody will be confident."

Kidston said he will take in the atmosphere, relax and just "do my thing."

"These are the type of games you live for," Kidston said. "When you grow up, as a little kid these are what you prepare for."

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