Feb. 19, 2005
LOUISVILLE, KY - Jorge Castillo, Daniel Burton and Logan Johnson combined to drive in nine runs as the University of Louisville baseball team thumped Kent State 11-4 Saturday to take a two games to none lead in the weekend series.
The two teams will close out the series Sunday at Cardinal Stadium at noon.
Kent (0-2) struck first with a pair of RBI doubles by Drew Saylor and Kurt Eichorn in the first to go up 2-0.
The Cards (2-0) answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 4-2 lead.
Boomer Whiting lead off with a single, Nick Haley walked and J.T. LaFountain reached on the first of what would be five Kent errors on the day, to load the bases.
Castillo walked, pushing a run home and Burton followed with a double to the gap in right, plating two more.
Freshman Derrick Alfonso reached on the second error of the inning forcing the fourth run home.
Whiting lead off the second with a walk, and later scored on an RBI groundout by Castillo for a 5-2 Cardinal lead.
The Cards added two more in the fourth when Haley reached on an error and advanced to third on a double by LaFountain. Castillo reached on an error, scoring Haley, and LaFountain scored on a ground-rule double by Isaiah Howes to make it 7-2 U of L.
Kent picked up a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, but Louisville answered with four in the bottom half of the inning.
With one out, Whiting reached on a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Haley walked and LaFountain singled to load the bases for Castillo who singled up the middle, driving in his fourth run of the game.
Burton drove in Haley on a sacrifice fly to left, and Johnson doubled into the corner in right, scoring two more and closing the scoring at 11-4 Cards.
Skylar Meade (1-0) earned the win in just his second career start, tossing five innings and allowing four runs on seven hits. Three of the runs were earned and he fanned two.
Louisville again got a strong outing from the bullpen, as Scott Jenkins and Trystan Magnuson each tossed two scoreless innings. Jenkins gave up a pair of hits and struck out two while Magnuson retired all six batters he faced.
Kent starter Chad Wagler (0-1) took the loss, surrendering three earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out two in three innings of work. Three other Kent pitchers took the hill in relief of Wagler.
Johnson paced the Cardinals 12-hit attack with three base knocks, while Whiting and LaFountain had two hits apiece.
Live broadcasts of all Cardinal home games can be heard on WAVG 450 AM in Louisville, and admission to the ballpark is free.