Feb. 26, 2003
LOUISVILLE, KY - The University of Louisville Cardinal baseball team scored in each of the first six innings on its way to a 9-2 win over Eastern Kentucky Wednesday at Cardinal Stadium.
It was the 200th win as head coach of the Cards for U of L skipper Lelo Prado, joining only Dr. John Heldman(309) in that exclusive club.
Senior outfielder Dave Williams Jr. walked and stole second, was singled to third by shortstop J.T. LaFountain and scored on a wild pitch to put Louisville(3-0) up 1-0 in the first.
Eastern (0-1) loaded the bases in the second, and Jonathan Woodard's double play ground ball evened the game at one.
Williams Jr. scored from second on a single by LaFountain, who later scored on a throwing error by Neil Sellers for a 3-1 Cardinal advantage.
In the third, freshman second baseman Nick Haley induced the first of what would be a record-tying four walks in the game, advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored when the throw down from catcher Chris Clark sailed into the outfield for a 4-1 U of L lead.
Designated hitter Curt Stewart drew a bases-loaded walk to plate a run in the fourth, and Josh Bolen doubled home Williams in the fifth, before scoring himself on the play on the second error of the game by Clark for a 7-1 edge.
EKU scored an unearned run in the sixth on a fielding error by Ryan McKinnon to cut it to 7-2, but the Cards plated two more in the bottom of the inning on three hit batters and two walks for the final margin.
Seven Colonels took the hill, with Brad Schmittou (0-1) taking the loss, allowing two runs, one of which was earned on a hit and two walks in the second inning. Five of the pitchers gave up runs, and the seven combined for 13 walks, three wild pitches and four hit batters to go with the Cards' seven hits.
(1-0) tossed five strong innings for the Cards, giving up just one run on four hits and three walks while fanning two to pick up his 10th career win.
Freshman Skylar Meade was outstanding, tossing the final four innings and giving up an unearned run on three hits, while striking out three to pick up the save in his college pitching debut.
Williams, LaFountain and Bolen, the top three hitters in the Cardinal lineup, accounted for six of the seven hits and scored six of the nine runs.
Haley, a freshman from Louisville had two stolen bases and four walks, the latter number equalling the school record which has been accomplished by four payers on five different occasions.
Louisville will host Butler Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium. Admission is free, and broadcasts of home games are available on WAVG 1450 AM and on-line at www.UofLsports.com.