Feb. 28, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville offense scored a season-high 14 runs and seven Cardinal pitchers combined on a five hitter, as the Cards crushed Morehead State 14-2 Wednesday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Louisville (4-4) took the lead with a four-run second. Daniel Burton, Isaiah Howes and Alec Lowrey strung together consecutive singles to plate Burton. Catcher Jeff Arnold reached on an error, picking up an RBI as Howes scored on the play, making it 2-0 Cards.
Chris Cates laid down his fifth sac bunt of the season, moving both runners into scoring position before Boomer Whiting's single brought in Lowrey. An errant pick-off attempt by Morehead starter Henry Mabee got away from first baseman Andrew Wertz allowing Arnold to score the fourth run of the inning.
Dustin Miles singled home Nick Nail in the Morehead (0-5) third, cutting the lead to 4-1 Cards.
Louisville answered in the fourth when Cates lead off with a single, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on bunt single by Whiting. Whiting then stole second and moved to third on a balk when Jorge Castillo singled him home for a 6-1 advantage.
Howes doubled to open the Louisville fifth and scored on Arnold's first career double. Arnold moved to third on a wild pitch, Cates walked and Whiting plated Arnold with his second bunt single on the day. Cates and Whiting executed a double steal before a walk to Johnson loaded the bases. Dominguez grounded into what appeared to be a double play, but after Johnson was forced at second and Whiting scored, the throw to first was wild, sending Cates home to make it 10-1 Cards.
Nail singled home Ryan Kinder, who had drawn a one out walk, in the top of the seventh, but U of L answered with two of their own in the bottom of the inning.
Pete Rodriguez smacked a one-out double down the right field line, Johnson walked and Chris Pelaez and Burton hit back-to-back RBI singles.
The Cardinals capped the scoring in a sloppy bottom of the eighth when a hit batter, three walks and three wild pitches scored two runs without the benefit of a hit.
Louisville starter Skylar Meade (1-0) earned the win on a staff day for the Cards, allowing a run on two hits and a walk. He struck out a season-high four - three on called third strikes.
Andrew Salguiero walked one and struck out one in an inning of relief. Gavin Logsdon tossed on inning and gave up a hit and struck out one. Trystan Magnuson retired all three batters he faced, fanning one.
Kyle Thornton surrendered a run on a hit and a walk, striking out one in an inning. Colby Wark struck out two and walked one in the eighth, while Kyle Hollander allowed a hit and a walk, striking out one in the ninth.
Cardinal pitchers combined to strike out 11 Eagle batters allowing just the five singles.
Mabee (0-2) was tagged with the loss, giving up 10 runs on 12 hits and two walks while finning three in 4.1 IP. Four Eagles relievers were touched for the final four runs on three hits and six walks, striking out one.
Whiting was 3 for 4 with three RBI, two runs and a pair of stolen bases to pace the 15-hit U of L attack. Dominguez, Burton and Howes each had two hits for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals will host Illinois State over the weekend for a three game series beginning Friday at 2:00 p.m. ET. Admission is free to all regular season home games at Jim Patterson Stadium.