March 4, 2012
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With Sunday's win, Louisville holds a 5-2 lead in the all-time series with Pepperdine.
The Cardinals are 6-2 at home this season and 161-63 (.718) all-time at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Louisville played error-free baseball in all three games this weekend marking the longest stretch of games without an error for the Cardinals since they went four straight without an error during the 2010 NCAA Regional (June 4-7).
With his home run in the sixth inning, senior Stewart Ijames has hit safely in eight straight games, the Cardinals' longest streak of the season.
The home run for Ijames was his team-leading fourth of the season and the 37th of his career. The rest of the Cardinals on the 2012 roster have a combined nine career home runs (Gardner 3, Wasserman 3, Seiz 2, Chittenden 1).
Four of Ijames' last 10 hits have been home runs.
In the Cards' last eight games (all at home), Ijames is hitting .370 with four home runs, 10 RBI and five walks.
Senior Derek Self earned his third save of the season and the fifth of his career. All three of Self's saves in 2012 have been earned with 2.0 innings of relief.
In 9.0 shutout innings of relief this season, Self has four strikeouts and has allowed only five hits.
In the three-game series with Pepperdine, Louisville pitchers allowed only seven runs on 14 hits with 24 strikeouts in 21 innings.
Self ranks eighth on the Cardinals' career pitching appearances list with 75.
In five starts this season (three as DH, two at 3B), freshman Mason Snyder is hitting .412 with four extra-base hits, four RBI and three runs scored.
Through 11 games this season, Louisville has stolen 21 bases in 26 attempts while limiting opponents to only nine in 14 attempts.
Five Cardinals have started at least 10 of the 11 games and are hitting .310 or higher: Cole Sturgeon (.364, 10 starts), Jeff Gardner (.342, 11 starts), Adam Engel (.333, 11 starts), Stewart Ijames (.333, 11 starts) and Nick Ratajczak (.310, 11 starts).
Ijames leads the Cardinals with 10 RBI, while Chittenden and Gardner are next with nine each.
Louisville is 6-0 this season when scoring first.
The Cardinals are 8-0 when leading after the sixth inning.