Justin McClanahan is feeling no pain. The thumb is just fine now, thank you.  The back? no problem.

McClanahan appears to have fully recovered from the thumb injury that sidelined him for the first nine games this smcclanahan.jpgeason. as well as an aching back that bothered him in recent weeks.

The proof came Friday as the University of Louisville baseball team mowed down Villanova 13-6 to move into the championship game of the Big East Tournament, McClanahan leading the way, U of L improving its record to 40-19.

Check this out: Two home runs, including a grand slam. Five hits in six at bats. Seven runs batted in. Eleven total bases. Three runs scored.

The pride of amateur baseball in Annapolis, Md., has raised his batting average to .379, with 93 hits in 247 at-bats. He has 10 homers and 56 runs batted in.

ul-cardinal-head-logo2-thumb11.jpg   Thomas Royse, the freshman righthander from Lexington, picked up his fourth win without a loss in relief, scattering four hits, striking out three, and allowing three runs over six innings.

ul-cardinal-head-logo2-thumb11.jpg  Righthander Zack Pitts (6-5), once considered the ace, is not as effective as he once was, lasting only two innings, giving up three runs in the second. Somewhat of a concern in post season play.

ul-cardinal-head-logo2-thumb11.jpg  Chris Dominguez smashed his 20th home run this season, along with a single, pushing three runs across the plate.

ul-cardinal-head-logo2-thumb11.jpg  Championship game against Cincinnati Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be telecast on ESPN-U. Get the yard work done early.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

2 thoughts on “Chalk Up No. 40, Advance To Championship”
  1. I was getting my walk in in the 7th when Chris hit that l-o-n-g triple and I jumped straight up and shot the passing motorists two U of L “L” signs and did my own C-A-R-D-S. It’s a wonder someone who witnessed this shameful display of love for my Cardinals didn’t call 911 about the crazy lady walking along Hurstbourne Parkway. Man, I sure hope we can bring another game like today’s against Cincy or USF – I think I would rather we play USF but they do have a way of breaking our collective hearts so maybe Cincy would be best even if they are the highest seed…..no matter. If we play like we played today, we can do it. Go CARDS! As Tom on Smokin’ Fast Ball says, McCoach is the best and his team ain’t bad either. WOW !!

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