June 9, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In game two of their Super Regional, Oklahoma State staved off elimination with a solo home run by Ty Wright in the ninth and Keanon Simon's RBI single in the top of the 12th, defeating the University of Louisville 3-2 in 12 innings to force a Super Regional Championship game Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium with the winner advancing to the 2007 College World Series in Omaha.
A limited number of reserved seats and standing room only tickets are available for the Sunday game and will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday at the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium ticket office. Any remaining seats will then go on sale at the door of Patterson Stadium at 1:15 p.m. ET.
"It was definitely a great atmosphere today," said Head Coach Dan McDonnell.
"I take responsibility because we just didn't do enough to win. It was a great game and a great atmosphere. I'm enjoying it and our goal is to have the kids enjoy it."
Corey Brown belted a 1-0 pitch out to center with one out in the top of the fourth to break the scoreless tie and put the Cowboys (42-20) up 1-0. It was Brown's team-leading 22nd home run of the season.
In the bottom of the sixth, Daniel Burton hit a routine ground ball to third, but Matt Mangini's throw to first was wild and put Burton at second. Isaiah Howes then drew a walk, setting the stage for junior DH Jorge Castillo's two-run double into the corner in right that put the Cards (45-22) on top 2-1.
Louisville starter Justin Marks exited with one away in the seventh, giving way to Kyle Hollander, who retired the only two batters he faced. Marks left with the lead, having tossed 6.1 innings, allowing just the one run on one hit, scattering four walks and striking out five.
Senior closer Trystan Magnuson took the hill for a record-setting 35th time this season and put the side down in order in the eighth.
Wright spoiled things for the Cardinals, opening the ninth by lining a 2-1 pitch just over the fence in left to knot the game at one. After a walk to Brown, Magnuson sat down the next nine until a fielding error put a runner on in the 12th with one away.
Magnuson struck out Mangini, before Rebel Ridling dropped an aluminum-bat single into shallow right. With two-down, Simon rolled one just past Daniel Burton at first for what turned out to be the game winner.
OSU starter Justin Friend went eight strong innings, allowing a pair of unearned runs on six hits and two walks, striking out four. He gave way to shortstop Jordy Mercer, who tossed the final four innings, giving up just two hits and a walk while striking out three to improve his record to 3-1 with the win.
Magnuson was saddled with the loss, despite tossing a valiant and season-long five innings, allowing two runs, just one of which was earned, on three hits and a walk. He struck out a season-high six, the fifth time in his career he has fanned six batters in a game.
Louisville out-hit the Pokes 8-4 in game two of the first Super Regional in Cardinal history. U of L established another attendance record with 4,138 fans packing in Patterson Stadium Saturday.