Louisville: Omaha In The Cards Today
By Doug Kroll - June 10, 2007
Where to start with this one. It was ugly yet sweet at the same time, and it was real cool to be apart of a historical moment for a school. The final score from Louisville today, the Cardinals 20, and Oklahoma State 2. The Cards will travel to Omaha for the first time, in only their second postseason appearance ever. Let's get into some details about today's thrashing.
Much like Friday's game one, this one was over really before it began. Boomer Whiting stole his 73rd base of the season in the bottom of the first, and was singled home by Daniel Burton to put the Cards up for good. They would they tack on five in the second, one in the third, five in the fourth, four in the fifth, and four more in the eighth. They pounded out 21 hits in the effort.
Oklahoma State head coach Frank Anderson tried everything he could, throwing eight different guys out there, but none of them could shut down the UofL offense. Everything they got a bat on was a frozen rope, including homeruns by Isaiah Howes and Pete Rodriguez. Everyone in the Louisville lineup had at least two hits except catcher Derrick Alfonso. And eight different players drove in runs, with Howes leading the way with six.
Skylar Meade got the win for the Cards, as he improved to 9-3 on the year by going 1.2 innings out of the bullpen, giving up just one hit, no runs, walking one, and striking out two. Starter Colby Wark kind of ran out of gas, goign 3.1 innings giving up two homers, but at that point, Louisville was already up 7-2.
For the Cowboys, again, no one could have stopped this team today. Starter Joe Kent tried, but only last an inning plus, allowing three hits, three runs while facing just seven batters. Jeff Breedlove, Robbie Weinhardt, Tyler Blandford, Oliver Odle, Josh Fritsche, Martin Beno, and Andrew Oliver all tried, but none could do it. Every pitcher gave up a run except for Weinhardt.
It was just one of those days. Louisville squared up everything and everything was hit hard. Analysis and comments to follow, but for now, once again, Louisville's going to Omaha for the very first time after a 20-2 victory over the Cowboys of Oklahoma State.
Posted by Doug Kroll at 08:35 PM on June 10, 2007