June 4, 2007
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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Louisville 3B Chris Dominguez hit two home runs and tallied seven RBI with four runs scored to lead the Cardinals to a 16-6 win over Missouri in the 2007 NCAA Baseball Columbia Regional title match. UL (44-21) advances to face Oklahoma State in the Super Regional round, while the Tigers end their fifth straight postseason with a 42-17 mark.
Louisville scored eight runs in the first inning off of Tiger ace Aaron Crow, who was slated with the loss (9-4). Dominguez earned the regional's Most Outstanding Player award.
Louisville sent senior lefty Skylar Meade to the hill to start the game. Meade allowed a leadoff hit to Evan Frey, but after Frey was caught stealing, Meade retired the next three batters.
Crow, who pitched a complete game against Kent State in Game Two of the regional, got into trouble early. Allowing the first four batters to reach on singles, Crow gave up an RBI single to Isaiah Howes, making way for Dominguez. On the first pitch he saw, Dominguez crushed a grand slam over the wall in right center, giving the Cardinals a 5-0 lead. They would add one more run, ending Crow's day.
Mizzou senior righty Stephan Holst was unable to stop the scoring, as he allowed two more runs on a single by Daniel Burton, extending the Cardinal lead to 8-0 after the first inning.
Meade got into some trouble of his own in the top of the second inning, loading the bases and walking in a run after hitting third baseman Kyle Mach. James Belanger, who started earlier in the regional against Miami, would take over for Meade. Gary Arndt registered a walk to score another run for the Tigers, then Frey added another run with a sacrifice fly to right field. Second baseman Brock Bond hit an RBI infield single, and Ryan Lollis capped the scoring with an RBI base hit into left field. The Tigers rally made the score 8-5.
Dominguez kept his bat going with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning, making the score 12-5. Dominguez hit two home runs, a double off the high elevated center field wall and tallied seven RBI for the game, and scored four runs. Dominguez had a stretch of three homers in his last four at bats.
Jorge Castillo tagged a three-run home run of his own in the fifth off of Tiger reliever Scooter Hicks, as the gusting wind carried it over the right field wall. The home run was Castillo's second of the regional, extending the Cardinal lead to 15-5.
Justin Marks (8-2) threw three innings of two-hit relief for the win, giving up just one run.