Louisville: Just Not In The Cards
By Doug Kroll - June 09, 2007
For the second straight day, everything was going their way. The pitching had been fantastic, the bounces went their way, the calls went their way, and when they needed it, their bats supplied just enough. But in the end, on the shoulders of their best reliever, Omaha just wasn't in the cards today for Louisville. Oklahoma State defeated Louisville by the final score of 3-2 in 12 innings.
In front of another record Jim Patterson Stadium crowd of 4,138, it were the Cowboys who jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Corey Brown solo homerun over the right centerfield fence, which was the first hit off of Louisville starter Justin Marks.
Things stayed that way into the bottom of the sixth, when even though UofL had only allowed one hit, they were still trailing. An error by Matt Mangini put Daniel Burton on second, then a walk to Isaiah Howes put two on with two outs for Jorge Castillo. With the crowd rocking and everyone in the park standing, Castillo fouled off four pitches before connecting on a 2-2 double down the rightfield line that scored two. It sounded like 44,138, not just 4,138. The place was juiced.
In the top of the 7th, Louisville starter Justin Marks got hit on a linedrive comebacker to leadoff the inning, it ricoched to second before the out was made at first. Marks tried to throw a warmup, but head coach Dan McDonnell had seen enough. After 94 pitches and allowing only one hit, Marks was coming out as he yielded to Kyle Hollander. Hollander used nine pitches to record the next two outs and get through seven.
The eighth saw Louisville closer Trystan Magnuson come into the game to try and complete a two inning save. OSU went 1-2-3 in the 8th, but in the 9th, it was a different story. With still only one hit on the board, Ty Wright led off the inning with a rocket shot to left that just got over the fence to tie the game. It was Wright's seventh homer of the year and only the third homerun that Magnuson had allowed all season long in 54 innings.
We speed up all the way to the 12th with Magnuson on the mound still in his fifth inning of work (his longest outing of the year), OSU got a break when Dominguez made an error in the field to allow Mach to reach base. After Mangini struck out as the second out, Ridling then singled on a bloop to rightfield setting up 1st and 3rd. The hero of the day then stepped up to the plate. Keanon Simon came up and singled to right on a slider down and in that got past the first baseman's glove on a 2-2 pitch to score what would be the winning run.
We'll be playing tomorrow...
Posted by Doug Kroll at 04:22 PM on June 09, 2007