Louisville romps St. Louis in NCAA opener

No Dan McDonnell. No problem for Louisville. Even without their head coach, who is suspended for the first three games of the NCAA, Louisville beat St. Louis 11-2 Friday night in the NCAA first round. The Cardinals will play Vanderbilt in second round action Saturday at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Louisville eased to an 11-2 victory over St. Louis in the NCAA Regional opener Friday night. The Cardinals did it without Dan McDonnell, who is suspended for the first three games of the NCAA tournament, in the dugout or ace pitcher Thomas Royce on the mound.

The tenth-ranked Cardinals (49-12) move on to face No. 2 seed Vanderbilt Saturday at 4 p.m. in the winner's bracket of regional action. The Commodores expended considerable effort in their opening round game, defeating No. 3 seed Illinois State 8-7 in 13 innings.

Louisville, though, had no problems with the Billikens. Once UofL got on the scoreboard in the third inning on Andrew Clark's sacrifice fly that scored Zach Wasserman the Cardinals never looked back, racking up 15 hits and 11 runs for the contest.

Louisville starting pitcher Derek Self gave up two runs in four and a third innings of work - both solo home run shots in the fourth inning by ISU first baseman Dan Brock and second baseman Jon Myers. Tony Zych relieved Self, holding the Redbirds scoreless in three and two thirds innings. Bob Revesz closed out Illinois State in the eighth and ninth.

Next up for Louisville is a team the Cardinals should know all about. While Louisville beat Vanderbilt last year to advance to the Super Regional at Cal-Fullerton, the Commodores (42-17) beat the Cardinals in a 17-inning classic last month in Nashville.

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