- Louisville baseball made one of the most bizarre decisions you’ll ever see on Saturday.
- The Cardinals tried to get sneaky in a crucial situation and it completely backfired.
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The decision on if and when to bunt in baseball is one of the most highly-debated topics in sports. On Saturday, Louisville baseball was at the forefront of that conversation and got absolutely eviscerated for a dumbfounding call.
The Cardinals, one of the top-12 seeds in the NCAA baseball tournament, traveled to College Station over the weekend for a three-game Super Regional series against Texas A&M. After losing Game 1, it was do-or-die on Saturday
If the Aggies won, they advanced to the College World Series. If not, Game 3 was to be played on Sunday.
That’s why Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell’s decision in the third inning is so bizarre. It was a crucial opportunity that was completely squandered.
With the bases juiced and two outs, McDonell decided to test A&M pitcher Micah Dallas. Dallas had trouble fielding his position in the regional last weekend so the Cardinals head coach tried to get creative and had his batter lay down a bunt— with the bases loaded and two outs.
It did not work. At all. The bunt barely dribbled down the third base line so the Aggie catcher stepped up to field the ball and did so cleanly. He then tagged out the runner coming home with the utmost ease for the third out. Not a single run scored and the inning ended.
WHAT ARE WE DOING????? pic.twitter.com/ek5CWuiCjT
— 11Point7: The College Baseball Podcast 🎙 (@11point7) June 11, 2022
Louisville’s decision to bunt was and is truly mind-blowing and Twitter had a field day.
Lol Louisville. Nice bunt
— Paul Rogers (@rogerstxlaw) June 11, 2022
What the hell was Louisville coach thinking? Bunt with bases loaded
— Nathan Mccullum Private in Stutsmans Army (@nathan_mccullum) June 11, 2022
Wow squeeze bunt with 2 outs and the bases juiced was a terrible call AND terribly executed! Thank you Louisville, we owe you for that one 😂
— Hayden (@haydengaspard) June 11, 2022
Louisville with a bases loaded bunt (2 outs). That is a new one.
— Tony Agolini (@tonyagolini) June 11, 2022
y tf did louisville bunt with bases loaded and 2 outs
— Sad Longhorn 🤘 (@sad_longhorn) June 11, 2022
Did Louisville just bunt with bases loaded and 2 outs? Lol
— ‘Ike Loa (@The_Jett15) June 11, 2022
Who bunts with bases loaded 2 outs? Louisville wow…
— Tony (@tigers19740) June 11, 2022
Three innings complete: Louisville 2, Texas A&M 2. Cards had bases loaded with two out in the third and Levi Usher bunted into an out. Curious strategy in that situation.
— Tim Sullivan (@TimSullivan714) June 11, 2022
Louisville giving us a gift
— James Malone (@jmalone11) June 11, 2022
that was certainly a choice Louisville made
— somebody gotta feel me in the gulag (@Oliver_Stacks) June 11, 2022
#Louisville just bunted with the bases loaded and two outs. That is moronic.
— CaptainTouchback (@CaptTouchback) June 11, 2022
WTF IS LOUISVILLE DOING??? SAFETY SQUEEZE WITH THE BASES LOADED AND 2 OUTS??? 🤯🤯
— Dr Rick Marshall (@PapaVipp) June 11, 2022
Louisville playing very small ball.
— Creig Ewing (@acewing) June 11, 2022
Weird play there Louisville.
— Alex Anthopoulos Stan Account (@BrianPC_) June 11, 2022
Absolutely unexplainable. No matter how you think it’ll play out, maybe don’t bunt with two outs and the bases loaded? Louisville went on to lose and had their season end.