On Saturday evening, the Louisville baseball team showed the damage that it can do against the Oklahoma Sooners to the tune of an 11-1 victory in front of a home crowd in Jim Patterson Stadium.
At first, it was a bit of a slow-go on the night for both sides. The Sooners struck first with their lone run of the game in the bottom of the fifth, but the Cardinals immediately answered in the top of the sixth. Then, the flood gates opened. After a scoreless seventh inning, Louisville peppered Oklahoma with seven runs in a 49-minute eighth inning. They would tack on three more in the ninth to seal the 11-1 victory.
Future top-5 pick Brendan McKay got the start on Saturday night, and he showed just why he is considered to be one of the best draft prospects in this year’s MLB draft. He pitched 6.1 innings while giving up only one run on three hits. He walked two batters, but struck out seven on the night. He also had a hit and drew a walk in four at-bats, while bringing in two runs.
As a whole, the Cardinals recorded 11 runs on eight hits and seven walks on the night, while only five batters struck out. Things didn’t go so well at the plate for the Sooners, who had four hits and two walks, bringing in one run, but seeing eight batters strikeout.
U of L is now one victory away from qualifying for an NCAA super regional. They will play Sunday evening at 7 p.m. against the winner of Sunday afternoon’s game between Oklahoma and Xavier.