Feb. 26, 2012
Box Score |
The Cardinals have won six straight games, their longest winning streak since taking seven straight from May 15-26, 2010.
Senior Stewart Ijames went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs in the win. He reached base in 10 straight plate appearances starting with his second plate appearance in Friday's game and concluding with his fourth on Sunday.
In the Cards' four games this week (all wins), Ijames went 6-for-12 with three home runs, seven RBI, seven runs scored, a .625 on-base percentage and a 1.333 slugging percentage.
Through the first two weeks of the season, Ijames is hitting .375 overall and leads the Cardinals with three home runs and seven RBI.
Senior Travis Tingle made the second longest outing of his Louisville career pitching into the seventh inning on Sunday.
In his five starts at third base in the last five games, sophomore Ty Young is hitting .643 (9-for-14), including four extra-base hits, with five runs scored, one RBI and two stolen bases. He has also hit safely in all five games he has started.
Sophomore Jeff Gardner had his career-best 10-game hitting streak halted on Sunday after finishing 0-for-3 at the plate.
With hits on Sunday, sophomore Adam Engel and junior Nick Ratajczak extended their hitting streaks to six games each. Both players have hit safely in all six Louisville wins.
Atop the Cards' lineup in the leadoff position, Engel is hitting .419 with seven runs scored, four RBI and five stolen bases while starting all seven games in centerfield.
After just two stolen bases in the first three games of the season, Louisville had 14 stolen bases in 18 attempts in the four wins this week.
Freshman lefty Joe Filomeno recorded his first career save with a perfect ninth inning on Sunday, including two strikeouts. After striking out the side in his first ever appearance on Wednesday against EKU, he struck out the first two batters in the ninth on Sunday before a groundout to third ended the strikeout streak.
Freshman Mason Snyder made his third career start on Sunday and finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. With three starts and appearances in six games this season, Snyder is hitting .462 (6-for-13) with three doubles, three RBI and two runs scored.
After starting each of the first six games in the outfield, sophomore Cole Sturgeon was out of the lineup on Sunday and instead made his first appearance of the season on the mound. In two innings of relief, he allowed one run on one hit with three strikeouts. In six outfield starts, he is hitting .400 with four runs scored and two RBI.
Freshman Cameron O'Brien made his collegiate debut on Sunday as the Cardinals' starting catcher. He is the ninth first-year Cardinal to see game action through the first seven games.