March 9, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Zack Pitts tossed eight solid innings and Derrick Alfonso and Daniel Burton each hit two-run home runs as the University of Louisville baseball team topped Indiana State 7-3 on a beautiful Friday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium in game two of the Cardinal Baseball Classic. Cal shutout Kent State 8-0 earlier in the day in game one.
Burton doubled down the left field line to open the Louisville (8-5) second, stole third and scored on an RBI groundout by Isaiah Howes. Pete Rodriguez followed with a single before Alfonso smoked the first pitch he saw over the fence in left for a 3-0 Cardinal advantage. It was his first home run of the season.
The Sycamores (5-3) got two back in the top of the third, but the Cards answered in the bottom of the stanza with three more of their own.
Chris Dominguez drew a one-out walk, stole second and advanced to third when the throw to second went into right field. Castillo then singled home Dominguez ahead of Burton's second home run of the season - a two-run shot on an 0-1 pitch on to the top of the berm in left field, making it 6-2 Cards.
Burton reached on a two-out error in the U of L fifth, moved to third on a double by Howes, and scored on a wild pitch for a 7-2 lead. With the double, howes extended his hit streak to a career-best 11 games.
Marcus Artner singled home a harmless run in the sixth with the bases loaded, ahead of an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
The Cardinals turned two twice on the afternoon and had solid plays defensively by Logan Johnson at second to close the fourth, a bare-handed play by Chris Dominguez on a bunt attempt in the fifth and Pete Rodriguez banged into the wall in right after making a grab.
Sycamore starter Ryan Hayes took the loss, falling to 1-1. He was touched for all seven runs - six earned, on 11 hits and to walks, while striking out three in seven innings. Matt Shelton gave up a hit in a scoreless eighth.
Burton scored three times on a 2 for 4 afternoon, with Howes and Alfonso also picking up two-hit games. The Cards stole four more bases, giving them 38 in 13 games this season.
The Classic continues Saturday at 11:00 a.m. ET when ISU hosts Kent and the Cardinals meet Cal at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Cal 8, Kent State 0
Cal starting pitcher Tyson Ross tossed eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out 10, and sophomore first baseman David Cooper belted a pair of two-run home runs and as the Bears (8-10) blanked Kent (3-7) 8-0 in game one of the Cardinal Baseball Classic Friday at Patterson Stadium.