March 11, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -
Sophomore outfielder Josh Richmond delivered a three-run homer in the 11th inning to push the 25th-ranked Louisville baseball team to a 13-10 extra-inning road win at Tennessee on Wednesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Sophomore Gabriel Shaw pitched a pair of scoreless innings in the 10th and 11th for his second win of the season and the Cardinals (9-4) first road win of 2009. The four-hour game featured 28 hits, four lead changes and five ties and the two teams combined to use 13 pitchers and 23 position players.
"I'm pleased with how our guys never gave in and never gave up tonight," said Cards' head coach Dan McDonnell, whose team has won five straight overall and nine of its last 10 overall. "We had a lot of guys come through with big hits and we made enough plays to win it."
The game-winning home run for Richmond was setup in the 11th as junior first baseman Andrew Clark led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on an infield hit by sophomore outfielder Phil Wunderlich. With one out, two runners on base and the game tied at 10-10, Richmond, from Cincinnati, Ohio, hammered the 1-1 pitch from Tennessee reliever Matt Ramsey over center field wall for the lead and his third home run of the season.
The game started with fireworks in the first inning as the Cards scored a pair of runs as Clark doubled to score junior second baseman Adam Duvall and eventually scored on a wild pitch from UT (7-6) starter Steven Gruver for the 2-0 lead.
However, the Volunteers came back for three runs in the bottom of the inning as right fielder Josh Liles led off with a home run off Louisville starter Mike Nastold
and was followed by an RBI groundout from Cody Hawn and an RBI single by Tyler Horne.
The Cardinals came back to tie the game at 3-3 in the second as Richmond single, advanced to third on a single to left by Drew Haynes and scored on throwing error by UT catcher Blake Forsythe as Haynes stole second base. An inning later, Louisville regained the lead with a three-run third inning capped by an RBI double for Wunderlich and a two-run double for junior catcher Jeff Arnold for a 6-3 advantage.
The scored stay that way until the bottom of the fourth when Tennessee second baseman Cody Grisham hammered Bob Revesz offering over the left field wall to score Zach Osborne and make it 6-5 Louisville. And after a scoreless fifth inning, the Volunteers pulled even at 6-6 in the sixth as Horne reached base after being hit by Cards' reliever Tyler Mathis, advanced to second on a walk to pinch hitter Jeff Lockwood and then scored on a double by Grisham.
Tennessee regained the lead in the seventh inning as Hawn singled up the middle off Louisville's Gavin Logsdon to score center fielder Kentrail Davis and then Forsythe scored from third on a wild pitch from the Cards' Tony Zych for an 8-6 Vol lead.
Trailing for the first time since the second inning, Louisville started its comeback in eighth inning as Wunderlich pounded an Aaron Tullo pitch over the right field wall for his second home run of the season and an 8-7 UT advantage. Richmond then doubled down the left field line and scored on a Ryan Wright single to tie the game at 8-8. The RBI single for Wright extended the freshman shortstop's hitting streak to 12 straight games and was another clutch hit for the Fort Wayne, Ind., native.
The Cards completed the rally one batter later as Duvall delivered a two-run double to right-center to score Haynes and Wright for a 10-8 lead. Duvall, from Louisville, finished with two hits on the day and extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games.
But the Volunteers, who had won five straight entering the game, did not go without a fight as they scored one run in the eighth on an RBI single by Davis to score Liles and then pushed the game into extra innings with one run in the ninth as Grisham singled up the middle off Louisville reliever Thomas Royse to score pinch runner Will Locante.
After the Cards failed to score in the top of the 10th inning, Shaw entered the game to pitch for Louisville, retired the first three hitters he faced and closed the game with a 4-6-3 double play and the win.
Richmond finished the day 3-for-6 overall from the plate with three RBI and three runs scored, while Wunderlich finished 3-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored. Louisville finished with 13 total hits and it is the seventh come-from-behind win for the Cards this season and their first extra-inning game in 2009.
Grisham led the Tennessee offense with a 3-for-5 day from the plate with four RBI and a run scored, while Davis was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Ramsey suffered his first lost of the season after giving up three runs on three hits in 2.1 innings.
Louisville returns home for the first of nine straight at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET against Iowa. The Cards and Hawkeyes will also play on Sunday at 1 p.m., and Monday at noon. Admission is free for the entire three-game series.
- The five-game winning streak for the Cards is their longest of the season and their best since winning 10 straight last season.
- Along with Wright and Duvall, junior third baseman Chris Dominguez also extended his hitting streak on Wednesday as the Miami native has now hit safely in seven straight games overall.
- With 13 runs on Wednesday, the Cards have scored in double-figures in five of its nine wins and have at least 10 runs in four of their last five overall.