Louisville tags Oklahoma State 12-3

The University of Louisville baseball team is headed to the NCAA Super Regionals. The Cardinals took out Oklahoma State 12-3 on Sunday evening, winning three games in three days to take the regional. U of L will play the Vanderbilt-Georgia Tech winner in next weekends Super Regional.

The University of Louisville baseball team took care of business on Sunday evening, advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals for a third time in school history without having to play in an elimination game.

The Cardinals pounded out 12 hits and put Oklahoma State away with a six-run eighth inning in a 12-3 victory before 4,374 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium.

But the Cardinals didn't do much celebrating, opting not to dog pile because center fielder Adam Engel said, "We're not finished yet."

Louisville (49-12) will play the Vanderbilt-Georgia Tech winner in next week's Super Regional. Times and a site will be announced later. The Cardinals would host if Georgia Tech wins the regional, but otherwise play in Nashville, Tenn.

"I'm so happy for these guys because they played really good baseball this weekend against three really good teams," U of L coach Dan McDonnell said. "I'm very proud of this group and looking forward to another week of baseball."

Dace Kime got the start for the Cardinals but Joe Filomeno was the standout on the mound. The sophomore picked up his first win of his career, going 3.1 innings and allowing just one hit while striking out four batters.

Filomeno, who had surgery on his elbow in August and was slow to start the season, retired eight straight batters at one point.

"Joey has grown," McDonnell said. "He had a little setback with the injury. It's tough to grow during the season. But his last two appearances, he's built the momentum. He flipped (both) games."

It was a lot of different folks at the plate.

Coco Johnson got things going in the third inning with a two-run single, while Johnson, Jeff Gardner, Nick Ratajczak and Ty Young all had two hits. Johnson had three RBIs, while Young, Ratajczak and Adam Engel had two apiece.

Jared Ruxer came in for the final inning to close the door on the Cowboys and send the Cardinals to the school's third Super Regional.

U of L hosted and won the 2007 Super Regional but lost in the 2009 Super Regional. The Cardinals have won 19 of 21 games and are just one game shy of tying a single-season record for wins with 50.

The Cardinals subdue celebration was a little surprising.

Filomeno said there was talk of doing a dog pile on the mound but the decision was split in the dugout in the bottom of the ninth. He noted Ruxer "got them out too soon," for the team to make a decision.

"We needed somebody to make the first tackle," he joked.

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