The Oklahoma Sooners found themselves toe-to-toe with the No. 7 Nationally Seeded Louisville Cardinals. Through seven innings of play, the score remained tight before the flood gates opened. Plating seven runs the Cardinals seized control of the game before eventually claiming victory 11-1.
Posting the first run of the evening in the fifth inning, the Sooners found a bit of success against UL’s Brendan McKay. With one out and one on, Kyle Mendenhall stepped up to the plate. Delivering a double to center field, the hit allowed Domenic DeRenzo to score. Finding a bit of footing, the ballclub continued to lean on Jake Irvin’s stellar start.
However, Louisville answered in the sixth with a single run of their own to even the score. Tossing seven innings, Irvin recorded four strikeouts while giving up three hits and two runs before Oklahoma dipped into the bullpen. Looking for a similar performance from the relief pitchers, OU failed to hit the mark.
Making quick work of any and all who dared take the mound, UL plastered ten runs on the board over the final two innings. Now, the Sooners must win three consecutive games to upset Louisville and advance to Super Regional play.