March 15, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Justin Marks tossed five scoreless innings and the University of Louisville offense scored four in the first on their way to an 8-2 win over Kent Saturday at Jim Patterson Stadium. The 23rd-ranked Cardinals have won four straight, including the first two games of the series with the Flashes and will be looking for a sweep Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.
"It was a great outing for us," said Head Coach Dan McDonnell.
"It is a lot easier to talk about scoring early than actually executing, but we did a great job in putting up four in the first inning."
It was the second consecutive day that the Cardinals (9-4) took a lead in the first inning.
Nate Holland hit an 0-2 pitch up the middle and stole second before a walk to Andrew Clark put two on with nobody out. An RBI single by senior Justin McClanahan made it 1-0 Cards. Chris Dominguez's RBI fielder's choice plated the second run, DH Phil Wunderlich was hit by a pitch, and an RBI single by Jeff Arnold made it 3-0 Cards. Tyler Mickits then reached on an error allowing the fourth run of the inning to score.
Clark walked again, this time with two out in the second, stole second and scored when KSU shortstop Ryan Tokarz mishandled a ground ball off the bat of McClanahan for a 5-0 advantage.
Marks struck out the side in order in the first, and pitched his way out jams in the second, third and fourth innings. He gave up three hits and walked two, striking out a season-best six to earn the win and improve to 2-0 on the season.
An RBI single by McClanahan in the sixth extended the lead to 6-0.
Arnold doubled to open the seventh, a ground ball by Mickits moved him to third where Josh Richmond's sac fly to left scored the run.
The Flashes pushed across an unearned run in the eighth to get on the board, but the Cards got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Dominguez drove in his second run of the day on a groundout.
A double play with the bases loaded in the ninth plated the final run of the game for Kent.
KSU starter Kyle Smith (2-1) took the loss, allowing five runs - three earned, on three hits and five walks, fanning six in five innings. Alan Morrison and Justin Gill followed him out of the bullpen.
McClanahan and Arnold each had two hits for the Cardinals.
Sunday's match-up features two outstanding pitchers with UofL senior B.J. Rosenberg squaring off with Kent junior Chris Carpenter.
Admission is free.