LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Behind a career day from catcher Garrett Kennedy and another strong start from southpaw Chris Diaz, the second-seeded Miami Hurricanes captured their NCAA Championship opener over third-seeded Oklahoma State by a final score of 7-0.
Playing without the direction of head coach Jim Morris, who continues to recover from pneumonia, the Hurricanes recorded their second consecutive shutout in just the eighth-ever meeting between two of college baseball’s most historic programs.
“It was just a complete game, we played good defense, we pitched, we swung the bat and got some timely hits,” said assistant coach Gino DiMare, who served as head coach in place of Morris. “I’m very, very proud of the guys and the way they played.”
Louisville 8 Bowling Green State 3
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior outfielder Coco Johnson connected for a pair of home runs while Jeff Gardner added three hits as the top-seeded Cardinals opened the 2013 NCAA Baseball Championship with an 8-3 win over Bowling Green on Friday night in the Louisville Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium.
With the victory, eighth-ranked Louisville (47-12) advanced to a winner’s bracket matchup (Saturday, 5 p.m., ET, ESPN2) with second-seeded Miami, a 7-0 winner over Oklahoma State in Friday afternoon’s NCAA Regional opener. Bowling Green (23-30) will face OSU (39-18) in an elimination game on Saturday at noon ET on ESPNU. Tickets are available for both games on Saturday and can be purchased at the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Johnson (Benton Harbor, Mich./Central Arizona) finished 3-for-4 with three RBI while delivering two home runs in a game for the second time this season (two at Ohio State on May 14). For the season, the athletic Johnson has eight home runs and 47 RBI to go with a .333 average the plate. Gardner (Louisville, Ky./Whitefield Academy) was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBI and a run scored. The junior designated hitter lifted his average on the season to .340 and moved into a tie for the team lead in doubles with 13.