Trystan Magnuson is mobbed by his teammates after the Cards won the 2007 Columbia Regional with a 16-6 win Monday.
June 4, 2007
COLUMBIA, Mo. - NCAA Columbia Regional Most Outstanding Player Chris Dominguez belted a first-inning grand slam and a three-run shot in the fourth to lift the University of Louisville to a 16-6 win over 11th-ranked Missouri, capturing the Columbia Regional championship, and sending the Cards to the first Super Regional in school history.
U of L (44-21) will match up with fellow #3 seed Oklahoma State June 8-11 at a site and time to be determined late Monday night.
Louisville, who had staved off elimination Sunday with a 4-3 win over #28 Miami (Fla.) and an 8-7 win over Missouri, jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first.
Jorge Castillo then struck out, setting the stage for Dominguez who crushed the first pitch to right center for his first career grand slam and a 5-0 lead. Pete Rodriguez singled to follow and Chris Cates later singled him home chasing MU (42-18) starter, and First Team All- Big 12 selection Aaron Crow.
Still in the first, Whiting reached on a bunt single and Johnson was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the second time in the inning. Burton the singled two home to cap the frame.
Missouri responded in the second with a five spot of their own. After three singles loaded the bases for the Tigers, a hit batter, a walk, a sacrifice fly and a pair of RBI singles cut the lead to 8-5.
Dominguez continued his magic with a double off the batter's eye. He then raced home on a single by Derrick Alfonso to make it 9-5.
In the Cardinal fifth, Burton hit a one-out single, Howes doubled and Castillo poked his seventh home run of the season down the right field line for a 15-5 lead.
Dominguez then walked and Rodriguez tucked a double inside the bag at third to make it 16-5.
Aaron Senne's solo home run to right in the sixth was the final run of the game, as the Cardinal bullpen scattered 10 hits and a walk over the last 7.2 innings, giving up two runs to seal the win.
U of L starter Skylar Meade was chased in the second, allowing four runs on four hits in an inning and a third.
James Belanger, who worked four innings Sunday, was touched for a run on two hits and a walk in a third of an inning.
Gavin Logsdon, pitching in his fourth game in four days, gave up a hit in 1.1 shutout innings and was followed by fellow lefty Justin Marks. Marks (8-2) had tossed five innings on Saturday night, but gutted out three innings, giving up a run on two hits, striking out two to earn the win.
Kyle Hollander, also pitching his fourth game in as many days was good for an inning, striking out the side in order after surrendering a pair of singles to open the seventh.
Andrew Salgueiro struck out two in a 1-2-3 eighth and Trystan Magnuson made things interesting in the ninth, loading the bases on three singles before a strikeout, a popup and a comebacker capped the biggest win in Cardinal baseball history.
Crow(9-4) was saddled with the loss, allowing seven runs on seven hits, striking out one in two-thirds of an inning. Five Tiger relievers followed to the hill, allowing the final nine runs on 14 hits and four walks.
Louisville placed seven player on the All-Tournament team as voted on by members of the media. Dominguez was joined by Burton, Johnson, Cates, Whiting, Hollander and Logsdon. Senne, Ryan Lollis and Jacob Priday represented Louisville, while Richard O'Brien was the lone Miami player on the team. Kent was not represented on the team.
Dominguez was 8 for 19(.421) with two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 11 RBI to go with three walks, two HBP's, a steal and 12 flawless chances in the field to earn MVP honors.
The Cardinals pounded out 73 hits in the five games, posting a .378 team batting average. U of L pounded out 22 extra base hits.
Castillo did not make the All-Regional Team, despite hitting .409 with a double, two home runs and 11 RBI in the five games.