College Sports

Cards are Omaha-bound

Louisville blasted Oklahoma State 20-2 Sunday to win the best-of-three series and advance to next week's eight-team College World Series.

It's the Cardinals first-ever trip to the World Series.

The Cards, which collected 21 hits and had a season-high in runs scored, showed early on that it was hungry and ready to reach that next level.

The Cards' Daniel Burton singled home Boomer Whiting to jump in front of Oklahoma State 1-0 after the first inning.

On their next at-bat, the Cards plated five runs to take a 6-0 lead. Keith Rodriguez smacked a two-run homer. Then with the bases-loaded and two outs, Jorge Castillo doubled in two more runs.

Oklahoma State's Ty Wright got the Cowboys on the board with a solo shot in the third.

UofL scored a run in the third and then had another five-run at-bat in the fourth to take a commanding 12-2 lead. Isiah Howes hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth to make it 20-2.

Louisville faced a formidable opponent in Oklahoma State. The Cowboy program is one of the titans in college baseball. OSU has made 35 NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to 19 World Series.

The Cards, before this season, had never won an NCAA Tournament game. It was only UofL's second appearance in the tournament.

Oklahoma State has one national championship (1959).