Monday, June 18, 2007

No joy in Omaha for Mississippi State

OMAHA, NEB. — Some 24 hours prior to Sunday's game, Chad Crosswhite was the life of the party.

At a Saturday afternoon picnic in nearby Papillion, he had teammates rolling with his descriptions of them, one by one. He is, after all, the team comedian.

But oh, what a difference a day makes.

The sophomore right-hander spoke softly and shook his head Sunday afternoon, moments after Louisville finished its 12-4 win over Mississippi State in a College World Series elimination game in front of an announced 18,187 at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Crosswhite was disappointed in himself for lasting just 2 1/3 innings, giving up five runs and hanging more pitches over the plate than he cared to remember.

"Well, there's not very much to say," Crosswhite said, when asked to describe his outing. "I was disappointed in myself. It's not the way you wanted to start off a game you want to win."

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