Scott Barber was dominant, striking out a career-high 13 batters as the Cards dropped the Bulldogs 9-1 Friday.
Feb. 28, 2003
LOUISVILLE, KY - University of Louisville senior Scott Barber struck out a career-high 13 batters in leading the Cards (5-0) to a 9-1 win over Butler in game one of a split doubleheader Friday.
Barber, now 2-0, tossed eight innings, giving up just one run on four hits and a walk for the win. His previous career high was 10 strikeouts in a four-hit complete game win over UAB on May 12th last season. Barber has 19 strikeouts in 15 innings already this year.
Morgan Bojorquez's sacrifice fly in the first inning scored J.T. Lafountain, who had doubled, for a 1-0 lead.
Butler (0-2) picked up its only run of the game on a solo home run by first baseman Ryan Nance in the second, tying the game.
The Cards broke it open in the fifth when they loaded the bases and Greg Taylor walked, pushing home a run. Freshman Nick Haley then cleared the bags with a two-out triple to the gap in left center, putting the Cards ahead 7-1.
Steve Ayers made his Cardinal debut giving up just a pair of walks in the ninth. Barber was just two K's short of the school record of 15 held by Rod Biehl and Mike Shields.
Jon Olson (0-1) started for Butler and took the loss, allowing seven runs on six hits and five walks in four and two-thirds, fanning three.
The Cards will face UNC Asheville in the first of a three-game series and the back end of a split doubleheader Friday at 3:00 p.m.