March 3, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team overcame a slow start to earn a 13-6 win over Evansville on Wednesday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium and continue the program's best start since 1957.
With the win, the Cardinals improved to 8-0 overall, the best start since the 1957 squad was 15-0, and extend their regular-season home winning streak to 10 straight games. The eight straight wins overall is the second longest winning streak in head coach Dan McDonnell's four seasons in Louisville trailing only the 10 straight won from April 26 to May 10 in 2008.
On Wednesday, sophomore Mike Morrison had his best day as a Cardinal going 2-for-3 with his first career home run, two RBI and two runs scored, while senior Adam Duvall was 4-for-5 with a career best four doubles and three runs scored. Junior Phil Wunderlich was 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI, while freshman Cade Stallings was 2-for-5 with two RBI.
On the mound, senior Matt Lea got the win after allowing only one run on no hits with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings of relief to improve to 2-0 overall. The Cardinals also had strong performances out of the bullpen from freshman Justin Amlung (0 runs, 1 hit, 1 K, 1.1 innings), junior Bob Revesz (0 runs, 0 hits, 2 K's, 1.2 innings), freshman Andy Flett (0 runs, 0 hits, 1.0 inning) and junior Gabriel Shaw (0 runs, 0 hits, 2 K's, 1.0 inning).
For the Purple Aces (2-6), reliever Scott Scheumann took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season after allowing two runs on five hits in 3.0 innings. Evansville starter Sean McCarthy allowed five runs on two hits while recording only one out in first inning. However, it was Evansville which opened the scoring in the first with five runs on four hits and one Louisville error.
After centerfielder Greg Wallace earned a one-out walk from Cardinals' starter Derek Self
, third baseman Cody Fick gave the Purple Aces a 2-0 lead with an inside-the-park home run, the first ever at Jim Patterson Stadium. The home run came after Cards' junior outfielder Josh Richmond
was injured after crashing into the right field wall diving for the fly ball off the bat of Fick. Richmond, who stayed motionless on the ground as Fick scored easily on the play, finished the first inning before being replaced prior to the second inning.
The Purple Aces continued their scoring in the first inning as designated hitter Andy Pascoe had a two-run single to score first baseman Tom Heithoff and right fielder Nate Smith, while catcher Chris Pearson added the final run of the inning with an RBI sacrifice fly to right field to score Pascoe for a 5-0 advantage.
Louisville came roaring back in the bottom of the first with five runs on three hits and one Evansville error to even the score at 5-5 after one inning. Duvall started the scoring with a one-out double to left field, his third stolen base of the season to move to third and his 13th run of the year on a wild pitch by Purple Aces' starter Sean McCarthy. After sophomore Ryan Wright reached with a walk, Wunderlich reached base on catcher's interference and senior Jeff Arnold walked, redshirt sophomore Stewart Ijames had a bases-clearing three-run double down the right field line to cut the deficit to one. After McCarthy was replaced on the mound by Scheumann, Stallings tied the score with an RBI single through the left side to plate Ijames.
The score remained tied until the fourth inning, when Evansville regained the lead at 6-5 as leftfielder Alex Acheson was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a walk to shortstop Eric Stamets, moved to third on a sac bunt by Wallace and then scored on an RBI groundout by Fick.
The lead for the Purple Aces was short-lived as with one out in the bottom of the fourth, Morrison sent a 3-2 pitch from Scheumann over the wall right field to even the score at 6-6. Moments later, Duvall doubled down the left field line and then scored on an RBI single through the right side by Wunderlich to give the Cardinals their first lead of the night at 7-6.
Following a scoreless top of the fifth inning on the mound by Amlung, Louisville gained command of the game with two outs in the home half of the fifth thanks to four runs on four hits. Junior Drew Haynes started the two-out rally as he was hit by a pitch from Evansville reliever Adam Culiver, moved to second with his fourth stolen base of the season and then scored on an RBI single to right by Morrison. After Morrison moved to third on another double by Duvall, both players scored on a two-run single through the right side by Wright to make it 10-6 Louisville. Wright, who moved to second on the throw home following his single to right, moved to third on a single by Wunderlich and then scored on a wild pitch by Evansville's Sam Johns to push the Cards' advantage to 11-6 after five innings.
Following a pair of scoreless frames in the sixth and seventh, Louisville added two final runs in the eight inning as Wunderlich tripled and scored on an RBI groundout by Ijames and Arnold walked, advanced to second on the Ijames groundout and then scored on another RBI single from Stallings for the final 13-6 margin.
Up next, the Cardinals continue their five-game homestand at Jim Patterson Stadium on Friday at 3 p.m. ET against Le Moyne College in the first of three straight against the Dolphins, who won two of three games at Southern Miss last weekend. Game two is set for Saturday at noon, while Sunday's finale will start at 1 p.m.
- The four doubles for Duvall was just one short of the NCAA record of five doubles in a single game and twice as many as his previous single game best of two doubles, which he has accomplished four times.
- With his 4-for-5 day at the plate, Duvall extended his team-leading hitting streak to eight games and is the Cardinals' leading hitter with a .486 average. The Louisville native also leads the team with nine doubles in eight games.
- After overcoming Wednesday's early 5-0 deficit, the Cardinals now have six come-from-behind wins in 2010. Louisville has trailed in all five home games so far this season and has battled back from deficits of at least five runs twice.