Green finished without recording a strikeout, but the win was all that mattered.
“It was pretty crazy in the ninth inning, when they had the bases loaded,” Green said. “One out away from knocking off the No. 2 team in the country, it’s definitely a day I’m going to remember.”
The Cardinals’ Nick Burdi retired the final Vanderbilt batter on a ground ball, and the celebration began. Amidst the handshakes and high fives, Green began to realize there was another reason the day won’t soon be forgotten. He could now shift his attention, at least momentarily, back toward the text he received a few short hours ago.
Green was drafted in the 37th round back in 2010 out of Effingham by Toronto, choosing to delay his professional career until he could reap the benefits of a college coaching staff. Under coach Dan McDonell’s staff at Louisville, Green leapfrogged 26 rounds to Saturday’s 11th-round selection.
“It was kind of like a weight off my shoulders,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about it anymore. I accredit a lot to the coaches here at Louisville, they prepare players to play professionaly.”
Green stated that his decision won’t be made about returning to the Cardinals for his senior campaign or joining the professional ranks until after the season comes to an end. There’s a solid chance he winds up moving on to the pros, having spent his due time in Division I learning the ropes and becoming more prepared to pitch on a regular basis.
“As of right now, I’m probably leaning toward signing,” he said. “I think I’m ready to play pro baseball, but you never know.”
After a magical weekend, he won’t have to make that decision any time soon. Louisville bested Vanderbilt 2-1 on Sunday in Game 2 to sweep the heavily-favored Commodores and advance to its second-ever College World Series. The Cardinals are now marching right through Music City and on toward Omaha, with dreams of a national championship on their minds. Professional baseball can wait.
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