March 4, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Illinois State rallied for six runs in the ninth to defeat the University of Louisville baseball team 8-4 Sunday afternoon, denying the Cardinals a three-game series sweep.
"Hopefully we will learn from this experience," said a disappointed Cardinal Head Coach Dan McDonnell.
"In college baseball the game is never over until the last out, and we need to do a better job of putting the opponent away."
Redbird (3-6) first baseman Jesse Griswold hit his third home run of the season to open up the second inning to give ISU an early 1-0 lead.
Daniel Burton answered for the Cardinals (6-5) in the bottom of the second with one out, belting his first home run of the season to knot the game at one.
In the Illinois State third after Matt Bolt walked, Ryan Anetsberger belted a high fly ball to left. Cardinal outfielder Isaiah Howes waited at the wall and timed his leap perfectly, robbing Anetsberger of the home run, and keeping the game tied at one.
Cardinal first baseman Jorge Castillo drew a one out walk in the fourth, Burton singled, and Howes hammered his third home run of the season to left center, giving the Cards a 4-1 lead.
Cardinal starter Justin Marks, a true freshman from Owensboro, Kentucky, tossed seven strong innings, allowing just the one run, scattering five hits and three walks, striking out six.
"Justin had a great outing, and after the early home run he went after the hitters. He has a very bright future for the Cardinals," McDonnell added.
Bolt opened the Redbird eighth with a home run to right off of U of L reliever Andrew Salgueiro, who finished the inning, striking out one.
(0-1) entered in the ninth and did not retire a batter, giving up all six runs on five hits. Kyle Cherney's two-run single tied the game at four, and he later scored the game winner on a wild pitch.
Trystan Magnuson gave up a hit and walked one in an inning of work to close out the nightmarish ninth.
ISU starter Luke Baughman was touched for all four Cardinal runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. Tyler Cox improved to 1-0 with the win with two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed a hit and two walks, striking out two. Mike Hlavacek tossed a 1-2-3 ninth.
Louisville will next host Western Kentucky, Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Admission is free.