Louisville heads home after 4-1 CWS loss to Texas

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm •  Published: June 16, 2014
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Louisville's short stay at the College World Series ended about the same way as last year's did.

The Cardinals managed just four singles against Parker French and Travis Duke and lost 4-1 to Texas in an elimination game Monday.

Louisville (50-17) dropped to 1-6 in three CWS appearances since 2007. Like last year against Oregon State, the Cards committed four errors in the loss that sent them home.

"It's the eight best and eight hottest teams in Omaha, so when you don't play clean, it gets magnified out here," Louisville coach Dan McDonnell said. "The value of scoring a run is so important that you do your best to try to score a run and you do your best to try not to give up a run. Unfortunately, we just gave them a few too many opportunities early."

The Longhorns (44-20) ended a four-game CWS losing streak dating to 2009 and will play Vanderbilt or UC Irvine in another elimination game Wednesday.

French (7-5) held the Cardinals to four singles in 7 1-3 innings, and Duke retired their last five batters for his first save.

"He did a great job of pounding the strike zone for the most part," Cole Sturgeon said. "We probably chased some pitches we shouldn't have in some big situations with runners on. It was a pretty tight (strike) zone and we probably didn't do a great job of making them work for everything."

Louisville sophomore starter Anthony Kidston (9-1) lost for the first time in 15 decisions as a collegian and the Cardinals committed four errors, just as they did in their elimination-game loss to Oregon State last year.

The Longhorns played an error-free game and got big defensive plays from shortstop C.J. Hinojosa and left fielder Ben Johnson.

"When I step out there every game, I think this is the best defensive team in the country. I can say that with confidence, up the middle and everywhere," French said. "They make those plays, it makes me more of a strike-throwing machine, because they're going to be aggressive and let me keep my pitch count down."

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