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Louisville pounds Oklahoma State, earns first CWS trip

6/10/2007

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville, long a powerhouse in men's
basketball and more recently in football, might soon be adding
baseball to that list.

Isaiah Howes hit a grand slam and drove in six runs as
Louisville pounded out 21 hits in routing Oklahoma State 20-2 on Sunday to earn
its first trip to the College World Series.

"We just kept putting run after run after run on the board, and
that helps when you're on the mound," said Skylar Meade, who
earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

The Cardinals (46-22), in the NCAA Tournament for just the
second time in school history, will meet Rice on Friday in the
first round of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Louisville, which has won two national titles in men's
basketball and earlier this year won a BCS bowl game, scored five
runs in the second and fourth innings and scored four more in the
fifth and eighth.

"It's a great day for Louisville baseball," Louisville coach
Dan McDonnell said. "It's a great win for this university, the
administration, the coaches and the players."

Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich called the win the
biggest in the program's history.

Oklahoma State (42-21) came into the Super Regional with a
baseball pedigree, one national title and 19 World Series
appearances. But it was Louisville, which had never won an NCAA
Tournament game before to this season, that brought the big bats.
The Cardinals out-hit Oklahoma State 42-17 and outscored the
Cowboys 31-5 in the three-game series.

Howes was 3-for-6 with three runs scored, Jorge Castillo drove
in four runs, Pete Rodriguez went 4-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs
and three runs scored, and Logan Johnson was 3-for-4 with four runs
scored.

"We got on their starter early and when teams go to their
bullpen early against us that's a big advantage for us," Johnson
said.

Rebel Ridling led the Cowboys (42-21) with three hits, including
a solo home run, and Ty Wright also homered.

Meade (9-3) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter
Colby Wark for the win. Joe Kent (4-3) allowed three runs and three
hits in one inning to take the loss.

The game attracted 4,211 fans to Jim Patterson Stadium in
Louisville.