Feb. 25, 2004
LOUISVILLE, KY - The University of Louisville Cardinal baseball team rallied from a 7-2 deficit to defeat Eastern Kentucky 10-7 on Wednesday. The Cards(2-1) pushed across six runs in the sixth and another two runs in the seventh to seal the victory in the 2004 home opener.
The Colonels(0-1), opening their regular season, jumped out to a 3-0 lead on two hits, a walk and an error in the first inning.
The Cardinals plated a run in the bottom of the frame to cut the lead to 3-1. Sophomore Nick Haley singled with one out, Mark Jurich followed with a double, and a groundout by catcher Ron Braun plated Haley.
Isaiah Howes' infield single in the third scored Haley who reached on an error to cut the lead to 3-2.
Eastern struck for four runs in the fourth, two of those runs coming on a bases-loaded single by right fielder Chris O'Dell for the 7-2 advantage.
The Cardinal half of the sixth began with Howes reaching on a two-base error by EKU third baseman Neil Sellers. An out later, DH Luis Pardo walked, and McKinnon scored Howes from third with a single.
Second baseman Chris Cates then singled, Boomer Whiting walked to load the bases, and Haley singled home McKinnon. Jurich lifted a sac fly to right, advancing all three runners, and Braun capped the rally with a two-run single to put the Cards up for the first time 8-7.
A sac fly by Cates scored pinch runner Logan Johnson and an RBI single by Haley brought in Pardo in the seventh to seal the final margin.
Cardinal starter Jon Harbridge was touched for three runs on five hits and a walk, striking out one in two innings. Only one of the runs was earned.
Freshman B.J. Rosenberg
made his collegiate debut, surrendering four runs on four hits and a walk to go with a strikeout in two innings of work.
Sophomore Brian Halford (1-0) earned the win for the Cards with 2.1 shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks. He struck out three.
Fellow Louisville sophomore Skylar Meade allowed a hit in two-thirds of an inning, and Chase Cruse finished up with two innings of scoreless relief, picking up two strikeouts to earn his first save of the year.
EKU starter Scott Goetz lasted 5.1 frames, giving up seven runs-three earned, on seven hits and three walks and five K's.
Nick Adams (0-1) entered in the sixth, and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in taking the loss.
Haley finished 3 for 5 with two RBI and three runs scored. Jurich, Cates and McKinnon each had two hits apiece.
Louisville will host Illinois State for a three-game weekend set opening Friday at 3:00 p.m. Audio broadcasts of the games can be found on WAVG 1450 in Louisville or on-line at UofLsports.com.