LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Cal State Fullerton head coach Rick Vanderhook summed up Sunday's 9-3 Super Regional loss to Louisville as a “(butt) whoopin.'”
The Cardinals banged out 16 hits and while freshman starting pitcher Brendan McKay pitched seven complete innings, giving up eight hits while striking out nine, walking two and surrendering only two earned runs.
The win tied the best of three series at one game each.
“I just went out there with a relaxed mentality. You can't get more tensed up or amp yourself up just because it's an elimination game,” McKay said after the win.
A big factor in the Cardinals win was their ability to get production from the bottom of the order, including a 4-for-5 day from Danny Rosenbaum and a 3-for-5 outing for Devin Hairston.
“The last few weeks, our six through nine (hitters) have played really well,” said U of L head coach Dan McDonnell. “You've got to have that balance up and down the lineup. Everybody in the country's good one through five. I've always said the difference makers are…six through nine.”
Logan Taylor added to Louisville's hit parade with his first homer of the season. His 2-run home run in the 6th inning gave U of L a 5-1 lead.
“There are guys who come up and you don't expect to beat you, beat you,” said Vanderhook. “When eight and nine come up and attack you the way they did today, they did a good job.”
A deciding game three is now scheduled for Monday night at 7 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium. It will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Sophomore pitcher Josh Rogers is slated to start for the Cardinals. He is 8-1 this season with his only loss coming to Cal State Fullerton in the third game of the season.
Conner Seabold, who is 5-3 with a 2.92 ERA, is Cal State Fullerton's scheduled starter.