March 16, 2003
MEMPHIS, TN - Scott Barber tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out 11, as the University of Louisville Cardinals blanked the Memphis Tigers 10-0 Sunday at AutoZone Park, in a game shortened to seven innings due to the 10-run mercy rule used on getaway day. With the win, Louisville (12-5, 2-1) takes the series two games to one from the Tigers (5-10, 1-2).
The win improves Barber to 5-0 with a 0.77 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 35.0 innings on the season in five starts. He has walked just eight and opponents are batting .164 against him.
Barber did not allow a hit until a one out single in the fifth and put down the final five Tigers in order, including three on called third strikes. Five of the strikeouts were looking and only one runner reached third base on the afternoon.
In the first, Dave Williams Jr. drew a one-out walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a groundout by J.T. LaFountain. Josh Bolen singled and later scored on a single by first baseman Morgan Bojorquez to give the Cards a 2-0 advantage.
In the second, second baseman Nick Haley singled to lead off, Boomer Whiting followed with a walk and Williams loaded the bases with a bunt single.
LaFountain plated Haley on a sacrifice fly, and after Bojorquez was intentionally walked to again load the bases, DH Ron Braun singled home Whiting for a 4-0 lead.
Williams Jr. singled home a run in the third, and LaFountain and Bolen followed with back-to-back RBI doubles to put the Cards up 7-0.
Bojorquez blasted a solo home run in the sixth to up the lead to 8-0, and a leadoff home run by third baseman Greg Taylor
and an RBI double by pinch-hitter Danny Plasencia
in the seventh sealed the Cardinal victory.
Louisville outhit the Tigers 16-2 as the Cards scored in double figures for the second consecutive game and the third time in the last four games.
LaFountain drove in three runs, going 3 for 4 at the plate, while Haley was also 3 for 4, scoring three times.
Williams, Bojorquez, Bolen and Braun all added two hits apiece. Bolen has his second eight-game hit streak of the season, failing to get a hit in just one game this season.
Louisville will host Evansville on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium, before a three-game weekend series against C-USA leader Southern Miss.
Admission and parking to all games is free at Cardinal Stadium and radio broadcasts can be heard on WAVG 1450 AM.