Louisville senior Adam Duvall
March 16, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior Adam Duvall belted a pair of home runs and freshman Cade Stallings added a career-high four RBI as the No. 7 Louisville team earned a 7-4 win over Xavier on Tuesday afternoon in front of a season high 2,344 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium.
With Tuesday's win on Elementary School Day at the ballpark, the Cardinals improved to 15-1 overall while the visiting Musketeers dropped to 2-13 on the season.
Duvall (Louisville, Ky./Butler HS) led the way for the Cardinals with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, including the two home runs to match teammate Phil Wunderlich (Chicago, Ill./Downers Grove HS) for the team lead with six, and three RBI. Stallings finished 2-for-4 overall with the four RBI in his second career multi-hit game. Senior Jeff Arnold added two hits and two runs, while Wunderlich had two hits and one run in the win.
On the mound, sophomore Derek Self (Cave City, Ky./Caverna HS), in his third start of the season, improved to 3-0 in 2010 and 10-0 in his career after allowing two earned runs on five hits in 5.0 innings. After Self, the Cardinals got a scoreless inning of relief from senior Matt Lea (Collierville, Tenn./Houston HS), one inning of one-run relief from freshman Andy Flett (Fenton, Mo./Lindbergh HS) and one inning of scoreless relief from junior Bob Revesz (Grove City, Pa./Grove City HS) before junior Gabriel Shaw (Paducah, Ky./St. Mary's HS) recorded the final three outs in the ninth for his second save of the season.
Following a scoreless first inning, Xavier opened the scoring in the second with two runs on three hits off Self. First baseman Ben Thomas led off with a single to right, moved to third on a double to left by designated hitter Bobby Freking and then scored on an RBI single to right by shortstop Phil Bauer. Moments later, the Musketeers increased their lead to 2-0 as Freking scored from third on a balk by Self.
The Cardinals bounced back in the third with four runs on three hits to move ahead for good. After a one-out walk to freshman Kyle Grieshaber (Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette HS), Duvall tied the game at 2-2 with his first home run of the game, this one over the wall in right field off Xavier starter Markus Kuykendoll.
Louisville kept the offensive attack going as Stallings followed a single by Arnold and a walk to redshirt sophomore Stewart Ijames (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) with a two-run double to right center to give the Cards a 4-2 advantage. An inning later, Xavier cut the lead to 4-3 on an unearned run as catcher Ryan Bellamy scored from third on an RBI single to right by center fielder John McCambridge.
Louisville responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth as Wunderlich, who led off the inning with a single, and Arnold, who followed with a double down the right field line, scored on an RBI single up the middle by Stallings for a 6-3 Cardinals' lead. The fifth inning closed the day for Kuykendoll, who allowed six runs on 11 hits in 5.0 innings to earn the loss and fall to 0-2 overall.
An inning later, Louisville moved ahead 7-3 on the second home run of the day for Duvall, a solo shot over the right field wall off Musketeers' righty Josh Deeg. Xavier came back for one final run in the seventh as Bellamy doubled down the right field line off Flett, moved to third on a groundout to the right side by right fielder Mark Elwell and then scored on an RBI groundout by third baseman Patrick Paligraf to trim the Cardinals' lead to 7-4.
Up next, the Cardinals host Ball State for a three-game weekend series (Friday, 3 p.m. ET/Saturday, 1 p.m./Sunday, 1 p.m.) at Jim Patterson Stadium. Admission is free for the entire series.
- Tuesday's win over Xavier was Louisville's ninth come-from-behind win of the season.
- With his 3-for-5 day at the plate, Adam Duvall pushed his average up to a team-leading .413. Along with being tied for the team lead in home runs at six, Duvall leads the team with 12 doubles and a slugging percentage of .813 and is third on the team with 17 RBI. Along with Tuesday's two-homer game, Duvall also had two home runs in last Friday night's win at Ole Miss.
- The Cardinals improved to 10-0 at home with Tuesday's win and have won 15 straight regular season games overall at Jim Patterson Stadium.
- Tuesday's win was the 150th for Dan McDonnell in less than four full seasons as the head coach of the Louisville baseball team. He has won more than 70 percent of his games with a 150-64 record overall.