McDonnell, Zych Team USA Win 2009 Baseball Challenge
Posted on July 27, 2009 at 11:54 AM
Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 4:09 PM
With University of Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell serving as an assistant coach and Cards' right-handed pitcher Tony Zych working out of the bullpen, the USA National Team (Collegiate) closed its summer with an 8-1 win over Germany in the championship game of the 2009 World Baseball Challenge on Sunday night at Prince George Citizen Field.
With McDonnell serving as the first base coach, the USA National Team finished the summer with a 19-5 record overall, including five straight wins to clinch the World Baseball Challenge title. Zych, who did not pitch in Sunday's title game win, finished the summer with an ERA of 2.93 with 17 strikeouts in 15.1 innings and no decisions with his six total appearances out of the Team USA bullpen.
More information on the USA National Baseball Team, including a full summer recap and updated results and stats, can be accessed online at USABaseball.com.
About Louisville RHP Tony Zych A native of Hazelcrest, Ill., near Chicago who completed his freshman season with the Cardinals in June, Zych was among the 22 members of the 2009 USA Baseball National Team, which was comprised of the top non-draft-eligible college players in the United States. He was the first Louisville player to earn a spot on the USA National Team since former Cards' outfielder Mark Jurich was a member of the 2002 USA Baseball National Team, winning a silver medal at the 2002 FISU World University Baseball Championship and capturing the 2002 Haarlem Baseball Week Championship.
Zych was 6-2 overall with two saves, a 3.25 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 44.1 innings pitched in 2009 and opposing batters hit just .235 against him. After spending most of the season in the Cards' bullpen, he moved into the Cards' starting rotation in May with wins in all three of his career starts. After winning starts against Ohio State on May 6 and Connecticut on May 24 in the BIG EAST Tournament title game, he pitched six strong innings against Vanderbilt to earn the victory in the Cards' NCAA Regional title game win over the Commodores.
About Louisville Baseball Last December, Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell was selected to serve as an assistant coach for the 2009 USA National Team. He is joined by USA Baseball head coach Rick Jones (Tulane head coach) and assistant coaches Rob Cooper (Wright State head coach) and Mike Kennedy (Elon head coach). In three seasons as the Cards' head coach, McDonnell is 135-63 overall with three straight NCAA Regional appearances, two NCAA Super Regional appearances, one NCAA College World Series appearance, two BIG EAST Tournament titles and one BIG EAST regular season title.
The Cardinals closed out their 2009 season on June 6 with an NCAA Super Regional loss at No. 2 Cal State Fullerton. Louisville finished with a 47-18 record overall after sweeping the BIG EAST Conference regular season and tournament titles. U of L advanced to its second Super Regional in three years after earning a 5-3 win over Vanderbilt in the title game of the NCAA Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium, the first ever NCAA Baseball Regional in Louisville.