June 8, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Zack Pitts twirled seven plus scoreless innings and the University of Louisville offense cracked three home runs to lead the Cardinals to a 9-0 win over Oklahoma State Friday in game one of the NCAA Super Regional in Jim Patterson Stadium. The winner of the best of three series will advance to the College World Series in Omaha June 15-25.
"There is pressure about being in a situation like this," said Cardinal first-year Head Coach Dan McDonnell, whose team played before a Jim Patterson Stadium record 4,023 fans.
"Our guys have decided to enjoy it."
Isaiah Howes, who earlier in the day was tabbed by the New York Yankees in the 11th round of the MLB Draft worked the count to full an out later and smoked his 17th home run of the season to the alley in left, making it 3-0 Cards in the first.
Derrick Alfonso singed a triple inside the bag at first with one down in the second and scored on a squeeze bunt by Chris Cates to make it 4-0. Whiting then lifted a fly ball to left but Cowboy (41-20) outfielder Ty Wright leaped and reached over the fence, denying Whiting his second home run of the season and ending the inning.
Chirs Dominguez, MVP of the Colmbia Regional, fell behind 0-2 in the fourth before lifting his 12th home run of the season and seventh in his last 11 games for a 5-0 advantage.
In the ninth, Cates singled and Whiting reached on a fielder's choice to put a pair of runners on. Daniel Burton singled home a run and an out later, pinch hitter Justin McClanahan matched the feat to close the scoring.
Pitts (10-3) scattered four hits and two walks, striking out eight, never facing more than four batters in an inning to notch his record-tying 10th win of the season. He now joins Zack Jackson and Cardinal Hall of Famer Scott Reburn with double-digit wins in a single season. He has now pitched mre innings in a single season than any other Cardinal pitcher with 117.0 innings on the season, and his 88 strikeouts ties him for sixth all-time.
The junior righty from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, had only seven two or three-ball counts in the 27 batters he faced, and Cardinal pitchers did not allow a OSU baserunner to third.
Gavin Logsdon entered for the 30th time on the season, fourth in U of L history, with runners on first and second with nobody out, but he retired the next three batters to preserve the shutout. Logsdon gave up a pair of hits , striking out one in two innings, lowering his season ERA to 1.74 - 8th in Cardinal history.
Oklahoma State starter Oliver Odle strugled through three-plus innings, surrendering five runs on six hits, striking out two. Robbie Weinhardt was touched for two runs on two hits in 2.2 IP. Andrew Oliver retired the only batter he faced, and Martin Beno allowed two hits and walked one in two innings of work.
Brandon Adams gave up two runs on two hits in two-thirds of an innings, Tyler Lyons gave up a base hit to the only batter he faced and Jeff Breedlove captured the final out.
Burton, Howes and Castillo each had two hits for the Cardinals. Whiting scored two runs, setting a new career standard at U of L with 191. It is the 12th single season or career individual record broken by the Cardinals this season.
Game two of the Super Regional is set for Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. The game will be carried live nationally on ESPNU and locally on radio on WAVG 1450 AM.