A familiar scene, Kyle Funkhouser having trouble finding the plate in the early innings.

Walking six batters, giving up six hits, loading the bases every other inning. Having given up four runs, settles down, hangs around for  six innings.

Worked out for him in the Regional and Super Regional, but this is the College World Series. At a stadium that has always posed major challenges for hitters, as members of the University of Louisville baseball team are well aware.

No place for uncertainty or  nerves, have to bring your best.

Right-hander Anthony Kidston, undefeated in two seasons at UofL, will face his toughest test Monday, at 3 p.m. against the University of Texas in an elimination game.

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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.