Wright Makes Might, Louisville 5, Vanderbilt 3

Freshman’s Home Run Gets Cards Back On Track

None of these hitting malaise issues for Ryan Wright. Too much at stake.

The University of Louisville right fielder stepping up in the fourth inning, hammering a Mike Minor pitch 402 feet easily clearing the center field wall. Who knew he had that in him? The fifth home run for the freshman from Fort Wayne, Ind., and the biggest hit of his young life. 

Could not have happened at a better time.ryan-wright

Hello possibilities. Possibility City here, you know. Flick on the dream switch, open the door for Louisville’s 5-3 win over Vanderbilt. The Louisville Cardinals claim the NCAA’s Louisville Region honors.

The boncaa-logottom third of U of L’s batting order was 1-of-12. John Dao, he with the recovering knee pain, made the one hit one that mattered, a slasher to left center, pushing Phil Wunderlich home. John Dao, clutch hitter, golden glover this game.

Thanks to the designer of Jim Patterson Stadium and the placement of the lights, giving Vanderbilt fits in the eighth inning, resulting in two errors and an insurance run. Good night and goodbye Vandy.

The Louisville Region belongs to Louisville. Next stop California Fullerton and the best two out of three at the Super Regional against the nation’s No. 5 team.

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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.

One thought on “Wright Makes Might, Louisville 5, Vanderbilt 3

  • June 3, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Freshman Tony Zych did a wonderful job on the mound for the Cards Monday night. Definitely steps up for the big games. He was on the mound when we won the Big East Tournament also. Cal State Fullerton a tough task ahead, but if we can get these dormant bats working for us, we have a gret chance at advancing. Justin Marks on the mound practically guarantees us a chance at one win.

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