March 9, 2012
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Friday's game was the first-ever matchup on the baseball diamond between Louisville and Oral Roberts.
With 13 hits on Friday, the Cardinals have 10 or more hits in nine of 13 games this season.
Louisville has scored seven or more runs in seven games this season.
Friday's five-run second inning marked the second straight game and the third time this season the Cardinals have scored five or more runs in an inning.
The four hits and three RBI for junior Nick Ratajczak on Friday were both career highs for the first-year Cardinal.
Ratajczak became the first Cardinal to have four hits in a game since Adam Engel had four in a win at Indiana on May 17, 2011.
The 7.2 innings pitched for junior Justin Amlung was his longest outing of the season.
With his single in the seventh inning, senior Stewart Ijames has hit safely in 10 straight games, the Cardinals' longest streak of the season.
With his 2-for-4 performance on Friday, sophomore Cole Sturgeon earned his fifth multi-hit showing of the season, tied for the second most on the team.
With his 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to clinch his team-leading fourth save of the season, Derek Self extended his season-opening shutout streak to 10.1 innings.
The Cardinals have eight saves among three different pitchers in their 10 wins this season.
Through 13 games this season, Louisville has stolen 25 bases in 30 attempts while limiting opponents to only 10 in 15 attempts.
After Friday's game, U of L has allowed three earned runs or less in eight of 13 games this season.
The Cardinals are 10-0 when leading after the sixth inning.
Through the first 13 games, Louisville has a .325 team batting average while opposing batters are hitting just .221 against Cardinal pitching.