2019 College World Series: Day Two In PhotosCollege World Series
OMAHA, Neb. — There is nothing more American than a good miracle ending.
C’mon, look at how every WWE match ends.
We believe in miracles. We believe in destiny. We believe in heroes.
Tonight we believe in Hail State.
What a finish. What a panic. What a group of believers these Bulldogs are. Down 4-1 going into the ninth and facing what is arguably the best pitcher in the country (hey, I said “arguably”) and all the ‘Dogs did was overcome Tanner Burns and get a little mondo bizarro along the way to pull out an unlikely 5-4 win over Auburn.
But how crushed do you feel for Edouard Julien? He was the hero early on (two-run homer and RBI single in first two at-bats) and the zero later on (an error on a routine play that should’ve ended the game in a win for the Tigers). Man, sometimes fate ain’t so nice. It’s downright cruel.
The day’s first game saw Vanderbilt use an Aston Martin-like performance from Austin Martin, who smacked two home runs, to outlast Louisville 3-1 in a tight, *mostly* well-pitched performance. Drake Fellows did give up seven hits in seven innings, but held a potentially dangerous batting order to one walk and one run. Bully for him.
The story on the Louisville side wasn’t so much that Reid Detmers only gave up three hits in his 5.2 innings of mound work, it’s that he gave up a leadoff home run to Martin and also walked six to put his team behind the eight ball.
Interestingly Louisville went 4-0 against the SEC this season except for when they played Vanderbilt, who they now have lost twice to.
These two losses really put Louisville and Auburn behind the eight ball for winning the national title. These two programs don’t have the deepest pitching staffs. In fact, I went so far as to say that of the eight teams in the field, UofL and AU were the two teams who needed to win in the opening round the most.
And keep in mind that the national champion has lost its first game in Omaha just four of the last 38 years. However if you are a contrarian, one of those four exceptions was Oregon State last season, who got pasted by North Carolina, 8-6, before winning four straight games to get to the championship round.
So don’t get too bummed out Cardinals and Tigers, remember how this country LOVES a miracle ending.
The best images of day two at the College World Series: