Feb. 28, 2003
LOUISVILLE, KY - Curt Stewart's two-run single in the fifth put the Cards ahead for good as the University of Louisville baseball team edged UNC-Asheville 6-4 in game two of a split doubleheader Friday.
The Cards improve to 6-0 on the season, the best start since a 7-0 start in 1961. The 1957 Cards finished the season 15-0 for the most wins to start the season without a loss in school history.
Bulldog (2-5) right fielder Matt Roberts laced a bases-loaded double off of Cardinal starter Mike Tisdale in the second and scored on a double by Jake McConiga for a 4-0 bulge.
Louisville got two back on an RBI double by Dave Williams Jr. and an RBI by J.T. LaFountain in the third to cut the lead in half.
In the fifth, Williams reached on a one-out single, stole second, LaFountain was hit by a pitch and Josh Bolen singled to score Williams. Morgan Bojorquez was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Stewart ripped a two-run single to right to put the Cards up 5-4.
Nick Haley scored an insurance run in the sixth when a pick-off attempt at first was wild, allowing him to trot in from third.
Tisdale (1-0) allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in five innings, striking out four.
Freshman Griffin Bailey held the lead with three strong innings, giving up just one hit and striking out three to hold the lead.
Senior Carlos Fernandez closed the door in the ninth allowing a hit and striking out one to pick up his first save of the season.
Asheville starter Judson Ballard (0-1) went the distance in the loss, allowing six runs on 11 hits and one walk. He struck out five.
Bolen has now hit safely in all six Cardinal games, while LaFountain has a four-game streak. Williams Jr. had three hits on the afternoon and joined Haley in scoring two runs apiece.
Louisville will face UNC Asheville Saturday for game two of the series at Cardinal Stadium, first pitch at 1:00 p.m., admission and parking are free. The series will wrap up Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in a game broadcast on WAVG 1450 AM.