Bulldogs, Cardinals Start Strong

CHAPEL HILL–I’m not allowed to tell you what’s happening here at the North Carolina-South Carolina super-regional, but hopefully the NCAA’s Orwellian ban on live blogging doesn’t preclude me from commenting on games that have already concluded around the country. In both of the two super-regionals that have finished their first games, the home teams have prevailed. In Starkville, Miss., host Mississippi State combated three Clemson home runs with two long balls of its own–two-run shots by Connor Powers and Mitch Moreland–and went on to an 8-6 victory. High-profile Clemson arms Daniel Moskos (5 IP, 6 R, 5 ER) and Stephen Clyne (2 IP, 2 ER) were outpitched by counterparts Chad Crosswhite (5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER) and John Lalor (3 IP, 1 ER). Clemson still has the edge on the mound tomorrow when David Kopp will face Justin Pigott, so don’t count the Tigers out, but the Bulldogs seem determined to prove that pedigree means less than grit.

In Louisville, the host Cardinals got seven shutout, four-hit innings from junior righthander Zack Pitts in a 9-0 dismantling of Oklahoma State. Louisville freshman third baseman Chris Dominguez continued his torrid stretch, smashing his fifth home run in the Cardinals’ last four games. Louisville is playing with an awful lot of confidence right now, and I’d be surprised if the Cowboys are able to battle back after being so thoroughly outplayed in the opener.