In Louisville he had an early lead five times against Texas A & M and national player of the year, which Brendan McKay was on the mound. It must have been a game, right? "We knew that Texas A & M University will not fold, - said Dena Makdonnella's trainer.
Aggie did not. They stopped in runs in the sixth inning before Sam Bordner closed his three innings with no hit hit, and the Cardinals were in an 8-4 win Sunday in the University World Series.
"It was not the best game of the year, but now we realize we've seen on television and played in one - that these games are not always the cleanest," - said McDonnell.
"Too much competition, everyone plays too hard, this should not be a smooth and easy one." The Cardinals (53-10) used six singles and a ticket, to build a 5-0 lead in the second inning against Corbin Martin (7-4). Texas A & M McKay pitched (11-3) to 5-4 before Bordner came along and continued to mark his dominant position in the postseason. Sophomore refused to run and one hit in his last 11 innings in four appearances.
"I think Sam was an X-factor, a little below the radar," McDonnell said. "When you're in the first role of the bullpen or the intermediate relay role, it just is not that attractive, and you're not paying much attention." But obviously, Sam was hot all year.