March 11, 2003
LOUISVILLE, KY - Thirteen different players tallied a base hit for the University of Louisville Cardinal baseball team as they crushed Western Kentucky 18-1 Tuesday afternoon. The Cardinals (10-4) pounded out 22 hits in its last game before Conference USA play begins.
Western's Antone Towns singled home a run for a 1-0 Hilltopper(7-5) advantage in the first that was short -lived.
J.T. LaFountain and Josh Bolen had back-to-back RBI singles and DH Curt Stewart followed with a three-run home run, as the Cards opened up a 5-1 lead over Western after one inning.
Freshman Boomer Whiting reached on a bunt single and eventually scored on an error, before Bolen singled home another run and Morgan Bojorquez followed with an RBI single of his own for an 8-1 Cardinal lead.
Stewart and catcher Luis Pardo each singled home runs in the fourth to make it 10-1 U of L.
Bojorquez doubled home a pair of runs, pinch hitter Danny Plasencia lifted a sac fly to left and pinch hitter Ron Braun singled home runs in a four-run seventh to extend the Cardinal lead to 14-1.
Dave Williams Jr., who had three hits on the day and scored three runs, was plated by a wild pitch, Bolen lifted a sac fly to left and Plasencia blasted his first career home run to right, a two-run shot in the eighth for the final margin.
Scott Barber, who was named C-USA pitcher of the week, is now 4-0 with the win, allowing a run on four hits and two walks in six frames. His six strikeouts give him a total of 28 in as many innings to go with an 0.96 ERA.
allowed a hit in a scoreless seventh and Carlos Fernandez
was perfect in the eighth and ninth, striking out four.
Western starter Igor Roiberg (0-1) took the loss, giving up eight runs, five of which were earned on six hits and a walk to go with a strikeout in 1.2 innings.
LaFountain and Bolen joined Williams with three hits on the afternoon while Bojorquez, Stewart and Pardo each had two. Stewart drove in four, and Bolen, Bojorquez and Plasencia each had three RBI on the day.
Freshman Logan Snyder picked up his first career hit and Brennan Hall singled for his first hit of the season.
The 18 runs were the most scored by the Cards since they beat Morehead 18-4 on May 8, 200, and the last time U of L had as many as 21 hits was a 14-9 win over Charlotte on April 14, 2001.
Louisville will travel to Memphis to play the Tigers in the Conference USA opener for both teams, Friday at 8:00p.m. ET at AutoZone Park. It is the first of three between the two teams. Last season the Cards swept Memphis at home to open C-USA play. Memphis took all three from the Cards to open the 2001 conference slate.