March 7, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Freshman shortstop Ryan Wright's two-out single in the seventh inning scored Josh Richmond to cap the Louisville baseball team's comeback from a six-run deficit and an 8-7 win over the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday at the Cardinal Classic sponsored by UBS at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Wright, from Fort Wayne, Ind., hit a bouncing single over the head of Milwaukee third baseman Paul Hoenecke to score Richmond from third base and extend his hitting streak to 10 games. The game-winning hit was set up by Richmond's three-run triple to right-center to Clark (walk), Dominguez (single) and Wunderlich (hit by pitch).
Richmond finished the day 2-for-4 from the plate with three RBI and a run scored, while junior second baseman Adam Duvall was 2-for-5 with a run scored and sophomore Phil Wunderlich finished 1-for-3 from the plate with two RBI and a run scored.
Louisville sophomore righty Gabriel Shaw earned his first win of the season for 5.0 innings of one-hit relief for Louisville starter Matt Lea, who struggled in his third start of the season. Lea allowed six runs on five hits in 2.0+ innings. Sophomore righty Thomas Royse recorded the final four outs of the game for Louisville to earn his second save of the season.
Milwaukee reliever Cuyler Franzke took the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in 1.0 inning, while Panther starter Brad Lusti allowed six runs on six hits in 6.2 innings.
For the sixth time in 11 games this season, a Louisville opponent scored first as the Panthers took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on a Ben Long double to right center to score catcher Shaun Wegner and third baseman Paul Hoenecke after both players were hit by pitches from Louisville starter Matt Lea
After a scoreless second inning, Milwaukee pushed its lead to 6-0 in the third inning highlighted by a three-run homer to right-center off the bat of right fielder Shawn Wozniak to score Long and Hoenecke and chase Lea. The first run of the inning for UWM came on a RBI single by Long to score Wegner.
Louisville started its comeback in the third with a two-out, three-run rally. After the first two hitters were retired, sophomore outfielder Nate Holland hit his third home run of the season to make it 6-1 Panthers. Duvall followed with this second double of the game, junior first baseman Andrew Clark walked and junior third baseman Chris Dominguez was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wunderlich delivered for the Cards with a single to left field to score Duvall and Clark to cut the margin to 6-3.
The Panthers increased their lead to 7-3 in the fourth inning on a solo home run to right field by second baseman Andy Gerhartz. The score stayed that way until the Cards' five-run seventh inning to gain their first lead of the day.
Louisville's game with Eastern Illinois, originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon, was moved to Saturday at 5 p.m. ET due to inclement weather forecasted for Sunday. The 2009 Cardinal Classic sponsored by UBS concludes on Sunday with Eastern Illinois vs. Milwaukee at 11 a.m. ET. Admission is free for the event.
- Junior second baseman Adam Duvall's first inning double extended his hitting streak to nine games this season.
- The 7-0 start at Jim Patterson Stadium for Louisville is the best start at home for the program since winning the first 10 games at Cardinal Stadium in the 1999 season.
- Junior first baseman Andrew Clark entered the day with a seven-game hitting streak but saw that streak ended with a 0-for-3 day at the plate. He did score two runs after reaching base with a pair of walks.