Feb. 19, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - For the second time in as many days, the University of Louisville baseball team watched an opponent capture a victory in their final at bat as Southern Illinois plated two in the 13th for a 4-3 win over the Cardinals Sunday.
"I'm very disappointed that we were unable to capitalize on some of our opportunities," said head coach Dan McDonnell.
"This is now back to back impressive starts from our freshman pitchers."
U of L (1-2) freshman starter Justin Marks got off to a rocky start, allowing an unearned run in the first on a bases loaded walk to Tyler Choate. His fielding error and a pair of hit batters preceded the free pass.
He managed to settle in after the first, retiring the side in order in the second, third and fifth on his way to an oustanding outing.
Marks finished with six strikeouts, allowing just a single and a walk in five strong innings.
Trystan Magnuson followed suit walking one and striking out two in two innings of work.
Louisville lead off the first and second with doubles by Chris Cates and Pete Rodriguez, but were unable to cash in.
Louisville broke through in the seventh, when Rodriguez reached on a fielding error, moved to third on a single by Isaiah Howes and scored on a sac fly off the bat of freshman Chris Pelaez to tie the score at one.
The Cardinal pitching effort was matched by SIU (3-3) starting pitcher Shawn Joy, who worked seven innings, allowing an unearned run on six hits striking out four.
Logan Johnson singled with one out in the eighth and moved to third on a single by Daniel Burton, with Burton moving up to second on the throw.
then singled home Johnson to give the Cards a 2-1 lead heading into the ninth.
Kyle Thornton, who had set the side down in order in the eighth, thanks in part to a nice sliding catch in foul territory by Rodriguez and a solid grab by Pelaez in center, picked up the first out of the ninth with a strikeout.
Choate then walked and a ground ball to second by Michael Finigan looked to be a tailor-made double play ground ball, but Greg Dell George drew Cates off the bag at second putting runners at first and second with one out. A single by pinch hitter Chris Crank loaded the bases before a sac fly by Aaron Roberts knotted the game at two.
It looked like the Salukis might take the lead when Kevin Koski singled to left, but Pelaez came up firing and nailed Finigan at the plate to end the inning.
U of L threatened with runners in scoring position in the bottom of the 9th, 10th and 11th innings, but could not break through.
In the 13th Dean Cademartori drew a one out walk and stole second without a throw before scoring on a double by Choate. Finigan singled home Choate to make it 4-2.
Rodriguez opened the bottom of the 13th with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt by Boomer Whiting. Pelaez then singled home Rodriguez to trim the lead to one, but Del George and Derrick Alfonso struck out to end the game.
Thornton gave up a walk and struck out a pair in two innings of work. Andrew Salguiero opened his 2007 season with a scoreless inning of work, walking one and watching Burton, Cates and Del George turn a spectacular double play on a sac bunt attempt in the 10th.
Gavin Logsdon allowed a hit and fanned two in two solid innings of relief before giving way to Kenny Barnett (0-1), who was touched for the loss, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out one in an inning on the hill.
Saluki pitcher Brad Lawrence, the sixth pitcher on the afternoon for SIU picked up the win, allowing a run on two hits and three walks in 2.2 IP. He struck out two.
Burton had his third career four-hit game, going 4 for 6 as the Cards outhit the Salukis 14-6.
The Cardinals will try to bounce back on Tuesday as they play their home opener against Murray State, Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. ET, admission is free.