The University of Louisville needed solid pitching against a hot-hitting Texas team in the first College World Series elimination game and Anthony Kidston delievered. The sophomore righty threw eight innings of work allowing just six hits, but miscues in the field sealed the teams fate on Monday afternoon.
The Longhorns scored twice off throwing errors which fueled their 4-1 victory over Louisville, who committed four errors, in front of 17,612 at TD Ameritrade Park.
Texas struck first in the third inning when Zane Gurwitz lead off with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly to establish an early 1-0 lead. Throwing errors during the next two innings resulted in runs for the Longhorns. An overthrown on a potential double-play in the fourth and a pair of throwing miscues resulted in another run in the fifth. Texas added an insurance run in the ninth, also a result of another throwing mistake.
"When you don't play clean it obviously gets maginified out here," McDonnell said afterwards. "The value of scoring a run is so important. You do your best to score a run and you do your best to try not to give up a run. Unfortunately, we gave them few too many opportunities early and put you in hole."
Despite allowing only two earned runs, Kidston received his first loss of the season.
"I think Anthony pitched great today," said catcher Kyle Gibson. "I think they guessed on a couple of pitches and got a hold of them and got lucky, but other than that, Anthony pitched great."
Louisville managed just four hits in the loss. The Cardinals scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the eighth when Sutton Whiting drew a leadoff walk and later reached home on a Cole Sturgeon groundout.
The always positive McDonnell, who fought back emotions during the post game press conference, added that despite the difficult to swallow 0-2 performance at the College World Series, that Omaha is the place to be when it all ends."If the season is going to end, this is where you want to end it," he said. "This season was a lot of fun."