March 2, 2003
LOUISVILLE, KY - The top three hitters in the University of Louisville lineup were 7 for 13 with six RBI, leading the Cards to a 10-3 win over UNC Asheville Sunday, and giving U of L the weekend series 2-1.
Leadoff hitter Dave Williams Jr. tripled to open the game and scored on an infield single by number three hitter Josh Bolen for a 1-0 lead. The Cards(7-1) would score in each of the first five innings.
The Bulldogs (3-6) picked up a run in the second on an RBI single by Steve Burnich to even the score, but Williams' infield single plated Nick Haley to put the Cards back up 2-1 in the bottom half.
UNCA responded again when Steve Sherman's single evened the game at two in the third, but the Cards took the lead for good in the bottom half of the frame on DH Ron Braun's sacrifice fly.
Two Asheville errors scored Cardinal third baseman Ryan McKinnon, who had singled, to make it 4-2 in the fourth.
Bolen lead off the fifth with his second home run of the season, and catcher Luis Pardo singled home Morgan Bojorquez for a 6-2 advantage
The Bulldogs pushed across a run in the seventh on an RBI single by Jake McConiga to cut the lead to 6-3, but the Cards plated four in the seventh to pull away.
McKinnon and Williams drew bases-loaded walks and number two hitter J.T. LaFountain followed with a single to right, scoring two more.
Mike Eilers (2-0) started for Louisville and was strong in the win allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk while fanning four in 6.2 innings. At one point, he retired nine consecutive batters on just 17 pitches.
Senior Carlos Fernandez
entered with two out in the seventh with the bases-loaded, inducing an inning-ending ground out, and tossing the final 2.1 innings for his second save of the season. He allowed a hit and a walk to go with a strikeout, and climbs into a tie for sixth on the U of L career save list with six.
Bulldog starter Steven Cook (1-2) took the loss, permitting nine runs, eight of which were earned on 11 hits and three walks in 6.2 innings. He struck out five.
Bolen was 3 for 5, has hit safely in all eight games this season and leads the team with a .533 average, 11 runs, four doubles, two home runs and is tied with LaFountain with seven RBI.
The Cards will hit the road for the first time when they head to Knoxville to face Tennessee for a pair of games Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games will start at 3:00 p.m. and will have live audio broadcasts available on www.UofLsports.com.