Feb. 27, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Andrew Clark and Nate Holland had two home runs each and the top three hitters in the Cards' lineup combined for five home runs, six total hits and 12 RBI as the 26th-ranked Louisville baseball team rolled to a 15-6 win over Bowling Green State on Friday at Jim Patterson Stadium.
"We were fortunate to get some big hits and a lot of offense as the game went on today, but we're still not playing very well," said Cards' head coach Dan McDonnell. "We're not getting off to good starts and we're not getting quality starts on the mound. We have to do a better job in those areas and we need to play better baseball overall."
For the fourth time in five games this season, the Cardinals (2-3) gave up at least one run in the first inning as Bowling Green (0-4) put together a two-out rally off Louisville ace Justin Marks. After Ryan Shay struck out and Jon Berti grounded out, catcher Tyler Elkins singled to right center and then scored on a double down the left field line by third baseman Derek Spencer to make it 1-0 Falcons.
After a scoreless first inning for the Cards and a scoreless second for both teams, BGSU increased its lead to 4-0 in the third inning with three runs on four hits. T.J. Blanton led off the inning with a home run to make it 2-0 and was followed by a walk to Shay, a bunt single by Berti and a single to center field by Elkins to score Shay and make it 3-0. Spencer then flew out to right field to score Berti and make it 4-0.
Louisville started its comeback in the bottom of the third as Holland, a sophomore leftfielder from Louisville, hit his first home run of the season to make it 4-1 after the third. The Cards made it 4-2 in the fourth as Clark, a junior first baseman from New Palestine, Ind., blasted a 3-1 pitch from Bowling Green starter Dusty Hawk.
After a second straight scoreless inning for Marks, the Cardinals gained their first lead of the day with a three-run fifth inning. Junior second baseman Adam Duvall
started things off with a single to center and advanced to second on a balk by Hawk. After he advanced to third on a fly out to right by junior catcher Jeff Arnold
, he scored on a passed ball to make it 4-3 Bowling Green.
With two outs, Holland pulled the Cards even with his second home run of the day and the fourth of his career. Following the home run to Holland, Hawk was replaced on the mound by Ross Gerdeman, who then gave up a home run to left field off the bat of sophomore outfielder Josh Richmond to make it 5-4. The home run was the second of the season for Richmond.
The Louisville lead was short-lived as the Falcons came back to score two unearned runs in the sixth off Louisville reliever Derek Self to make it 6-5. With runners on and one out, Shay reached on the first error of the season by junior third baseman Chris Dominguez to load the bases. That was followed by a throwing error by freshman shortstop Ryan Wright to score Mark Galvin and Dennis Vaughn.
Louisville would regain the lead for good in the seventh inning with four runs on two hits and three Falcon errors. The inning began with Duvall and Arnold being hit by back-to-back pitches from Gerdeman. Sophomore outfielder Drew Haynes followed with a single through left side and after Galvin bobbled the ball in left field, Duvall scored to make it 6-6. Gerdeman was then replaced on the mound by Charles Wooten to face Holland.
After Arnold advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher Elkins and a stolen base by Haynes, Holland reached base on an error by Shay and Arnold scored on the play to give the Cards a 7-6 lead. Holland then stole second and then scored, along with Haynes, on a single through the right side by Richmond to make it 9-6 Louisville.
After a scoreless eighth inning for the Falcons off Self, Louisville's offense continued its roll with six more runs on six hits in the home half of the eighth for the final 15-6 margin. The inning featured a grand slam for Clark, his second home run of the day and the second grand slam of his career, and singles by Arnold, Dominguez, Duvall, Haynes and Wright. Sophomore Tyler Mathis pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close the game for Louisville.
Overall, six Cardinals had at least two hits, led by Clark (2-for-5, two HRs, five RBI), Holland (2-for-4, two HRs, four RBI) and Richmond (2-for-4, three RBI). Duvall finished 2-for-3, Haynes was 2-for-4 and Wright was 2-for-5.
Self (1-0) was credited with the win after giving up no earned runs and allowing only two runs overall with four strike outs in three innings of work. Marks got the no decision after giving up four earned runs on 10 hits and striking out four in five innings.
Gerdeman (0-1) took the loss for the Falcons after allowing four earned runs on two hits in 1.1 innings. Hawk, the BGSU starter, allowed four earned runs on five hits and walked one in 4.2 innings, while Wooten allowed six total runs and five earned on five hits in 1.1 innings.
Game two of the Louisville-Bowling Green weekend series is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, while the final game of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.
- The grand slam for Andrew Clark is the second of his career and the first since April 11, 2008, when he hit a ninth inning grand slam to beat USF 10-7 in Tampa, Fla.
- The two home runs each for Clark and Nate Holland are single game career highs for both players.
- The five RBI for Clark is a career high.
- The four RBI for Holland is a career high.
- The three RBI for Josh Richmond is a season high.
- Both Jeff Arnold and Drew Haynes each recorded their first hits of the season on Friday.
- Phil Wunderlich was the only Louisville starter without a base hit on Friday, ending his career-best six-game hitting streak.