Living On The Brink

The University of Louisville baseball team is back to the brink, the upper edge of a steep, vertical slope.

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“They got themselves out most of the time I think, swinging at first pitches going out there trying to be aggressive,” said Cal State’s Daniel Renken, who allowed just three hits and one walk and pitched his third complete game this season.

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“That’s our style. That’s what we do,” said Louisville coach Dan McDonnell, who siys Renken is the best pitcher they’ve seen all year. “We’re not here to get his pitch count up. We’re an aggressive club, we swing. Our motto is to hit the fastball. We just didn’t hit it tonight.”

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Over the last two weeks, each opposing pitcher is better than the last one the Cards faced .

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Chris Dominguez: That outside corner is not attainable from where you’re standing in the batter’s box.

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Brinksmanship — The technique or practice of maneuvering a dangerous situation to the limits of tolerance or safety in order to secure the greatest advantage.

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Charlie Springer

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

2 thoughts on “Living On The Brink

  • June 6, 2009 at 8:41 am

    It was a game that most of us would like to forget, but we can only hope that the painful thumping that Cal State Fullerton put on us last night will serve as motivation to settle the score today in game two of the Super Regional. Despite the black eye, let’s take the high road here and look at a few things that may be to our advantage today…

    -Justin Marks takes the mound for Louisville today. The stronger hurler is 11-2 on the year and is the ace of the Cardinal staff.

    -With the bashing of the Louisville boys, it doesn’t take much thinking to surmise that the Titans will be way overconfident going into today’s game. Same thing happened to Louisville in the previous regional, and Vandy forced a Monday night game. Back against the wall time.

    -Dan McDonnell is a master motivator. He’ll have the guys pumped up and ready to avoid elimination today. Remembering the past, he can point to how the Cards have come back from almost extinction to beat USF to win the title.

    -These bats surely can’t continue to stay dormant two days in a row. Time for Mingo, A.C., Phil and crew to put the aluminum to Mr. Spalding.

    It’s “go” time for the baseball Cards. Shake off the loss and start anew.

  • June 6, 2009 at 10:26 am

    You made it two more innings than I did last night, Mom. Is there such a thing as aggravated assault in baseball?

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