Louisville pitcher hurls F-bombs at Vanderbilt batter, then takes loss in elimination game

first_imgCompetition brings out the best in some people. Sometimes, it brings out the worst. That’s especially true on a stage as big as the College World Series.It was a little of both Friday night for Louisville pitcher Luke Smith, who despite turning in an excellent 10-strikeout performance in 8 1/3 innings pitched will most likely be remembered for some unsavory eighth-inning antics. Louisville 2, Vanderbilt 1 | MID 8Confirmed stats for Luke Smith tonight: 10 strikeouts(!), 3 hits given up, 1 earned run in 8 innings pitched.Unconfirmed stats for Luke Smith: 2 humongous F bombs after his 10th K. pic.twitter.com/lktdfMzGL6— Jeremy Chisenhall (@JSChisenhall) June 22, 2019The Commodores got the last laugh however, taking the permanent 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth. The kicker? Smith was saddled with the loss after being pulled from the game after retiring just one batter in the ninth.top of the 8th inning:Louisville starting pitcher Luke Smith strikes out Vandy No. 9 hitter Julian Infante, to secure a 2-1 lead, tells him “f— you”30 minutes later: pic.twitter.com/Cd8MRGrHnM— Christian D’Andrea (@TrainIsland) June 22, 2019“Vanderbilt is a great team, and I respect — I love that part of baseball,” Smith said after the game (via ESPN). “When they got their big hit in the ninth, they celebrate. That’s how it goes. When I strike somebody out, I celebrate, and that’s just the way it is.”Regardless, Smith has no more opportunities to celebrate this season. With the loss, Louisville was eliminated from the College World Series. Vanderbilt will take on Michigan in the CWS final in a best-of-three series starting on Monday. MORE: TV schedule, bracket, results from 2019 College World SeriesAfter striking out Vanderbilt’s Julian Infante for the final out of the eighth inning, with his team leading 2-1, Smith could be seen hurling some very heated expletives toward Infante.(Warning: Foul language used).last_img read more