March 8, 2003
LOUISVILLE, KY - The University of Louisville baseball team dropped its second straight, losing to Illinois 11-3 Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. The Cards (8-4) will try to prevent a sweep by the Illini (3-0) when the teams meet Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Brandon Cashman's three-run home run keyed a six-run second for the Illini, giving them a 6-1 lead.
In the Cardinal half of the second, Ryan McKinnon walked, Nick Haley doubled off the wall in right and LaFountain's sacrifice fly scored McKinnon to cut the lead to 6-2, but a two-run double off the bat of Illinois' Dusty Benko reset the advantage at 8-2 in the third.
Louisville crept closer when LaFountain's RBI groundout plated McKinnon in the fourth, but that was all the Cardinal offense could muster.
The Illini put up single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth to cap the scoring.
Cardinal starter Mike Eilers (2-1) took the loss, giving up eight runs on six hits and three walks in two plus innings. Jon Harbridge went five innings in relief, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts.
Freshman Brian Halford struck out three and gave up two hits in the final two innings for U of L.
In seven innings, Illini starter Josh Lane (1-0) permitted three runs on six hits and four walks while fanning four in the win. Jake Toohey struck out five in two perfect innings of relief.
Haley was 3 for 4 with two doubles in the loss for the Cards.