About the only thing that went right for Oklahoma State Sunday was ESPN’s decision to leave the nationally televised game for one “more competitive.”


Because the Cowboys’ battle for a spot in the College World Series turned ugly very quickly as Louisville pounded OSU 20-2 to take the best-of-3 series 2-1.

Isaiah Howes connected for a grand slam and drove in six runs as the Cardinals secured reservations for their first CWS trip ever.

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.

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.

Sunday’s matchup was necessary after OSU’s 3-2 win Saturday in 12 innings. Louisville clobbered the Cowboys 9-0 Friday night.

OSU threatened to take the lead in the top of the first Sunday when leadoff hitter Keanon Simon drilled a single to right. After Simon — an Allen High product who drove in the game-winner in extra innings Saturday — moved to second on a balk, he was stranded after Corey Brown flied out and slugger Tyler Mach struck out.

Louisville didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard. Speedster Boomer Whiting drew a leadoff walk off OSU starter Joe Kent, swiped second and gave the Cardinals the lead when Daniel Burton drilled a single to left-center. The left-handed Kent escaped further trouble by fanning Louisville’s designated hitter Jorge Castillo to end the inning.

But OSU’s problems worsened in the second inning. After Chris Dominquez singled, Pete Rodriguez blasted a long two-run homer to put the Cardinals up 3-0. And the outburst continued in the second off Cowboy relievers Jeff Breedlove and Robbie Weinhardt. After Louisville catcher Derrick Alfonso grounded out, Chris Cate — the shortest player in Division at 5-3 — and Whiting singled. Three more runs came home on a Logan Johnson single and Castillo’s two-out, two-run double and Louisville led 6-0 after two innings.

The rout continued after that as the Cardinals banged out 21 hits.

Coming into the Super Regional with a swagger after rolling over favored Arkansas in the regionals, the Cowboys were one of the top hitting clubs in the nation. However, OSU hitters never got untracked as Louisville outscored OSU 31-5 in the three-game series. Four of OSU five runs came on solo home runs. Rebel Ridling led the Cowboys (42-21) Sunday with three hits, including a home run. Ty Wright also had a solo blast Sunday.

Skylar 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.

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