March 10, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Logan Johnson's three-run home run capped a nine-run first inning and the University of Louisville held on down the stretch for a 12-9 win over Cal on day two of the Cardinal Baseball Classic Saturday at Jim Patterson Stadium. Kent State blanked Indiana State 4-0 earlier in the afternoon.
"Obviously our guys were ready to hit in the first inning," stated Cardinal Head Coach Dan McDonnell.
"This game was a big match up with both teams 1-0 in the classic, so we felt we needed to jump on them early."
Cal (8-11) enjoyed a brief 1-0 lead when Ryan Hanlon singled in David Cooper, who had doubled with two away in the top of the first.
A bunt single and a stolen base by Boomer Whiting opened the rally for the Cards (9-5), and Johnson's single put runners at the corners. Jorge Castillo and Daniel Burton smacked consecutive RBI singles and Isaiah Howes singled to load the bases, hitting safely in his career-best 12th straight game.
Justin McClanahan singled home two more runs, and Derrick Alfonso doubled home Howes to make it 5-0 Cards. After Chris Cates reached on fielder's choice, Whiting got aboard on an error that plated Alfonso and set up the home run by Johnson. The senior from Owensboro belted a 2-2 slider out to right, his team-leading fourth of the season for the 9-1 advantage.
The Cardinals got three back in the bottom of the sixth. Cates singled, swiped second and was doubled home by Johnson. Chris Dominguez singled, and an RBI fielder's choice plated Johnson. Howes' third hit of the game knocked in Dominguez for a 12-5 lead.
U of L starter Justin Marks battled through 4.1 innings, allowing five runs - three of which were earned on five hits and a walk, striking out four.
"This was another good outing for Justin, but he just hit the wall in the fifth," McDonnell added.
With an elevated pitch count and runners on, McDonnell turned to Kyle Thornton, who walked one, but picked up the final two outs of the inning to earn the win, improving his record to 1-1.
Andrew Salguiero struck out the first batter of the ninth, but gave up a walk and hit a batter before Mike Van Winden singled in a run. Michael Capbarat then belted a three-run home run to trim the advantage to 12-9. Two more walks put the tying run at the plate and chased Salguiero, who was touched for four runs on two hits and three walks in a third of an inning.
Trystan Magnuson took to the hill and induced a fielder's choice ground ball for the second out of the ninth, and struck out Stephen Carlson to pick up his first save of the season and seal the win for the Cards.
Cal starter Craig Bennigson (1-3) surrendered nine runs - five earned, on eight hits, striking out one before leaving with two away in the first in the loss.
The Golden Bears sent eight more to the hill, and they combined to limit the Cards to three runs on six hits and a walk, striking out nine in the final 8.1 IP.
Johnson was 3 for 5 with four RBI, scoring three times in the win, while Burton and McClanahan both drove in two runs.
Cal will play host to Indiana State at 10:00 a.m. Sunday and Louisville will look for the tournament sweep as they face Kent State at 2:00 p.m. ET. Admission is free.
Kent State 4, Indiana State 0
Kent pitchers carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and limited Indiana State to a pair of singles in a 4-0 win over the Sycamores (5-4) in game three of the Cardinal Baseball Classic Saturday at Patterson Stadium. Golden Flashes (4-8) starter Kyle Smith(2-1) tossed five innings of no-hit baseball, allowing just four baserunners on a walk and three hit batters. He struck out two. A bunt single with two out in the seventh by the Sycamores' Dave Brumagin broke up the no-hit bid. Chris Tremblay drove in two and Anthony Gallas homered for the Flashes.