March 16, 2012
Box Score |
With Friday's win, Louisville holds a 14-8 advantage in the all-time series with Ball State.
Louisville has a 9-3 record this season at Jim Patterson Stadium and is 164-64 (.719) all-time in the ballpark, which opened in April 2005.
The nine strikeouts for junior Justin Amlung were a career-high and surpassed his previous best of eight against USF on April 22, 2011.
The 7.2 innings pitched matched a season-high for Amlung equaling his outing in the win over Oral Roberts on March 9.
With his 3-for-4 performance on Friday, junior second baseman Nick Ratajczak extended his career-best hitting streak to nine games.
Ratajczak has reached base safely in all 18 Louisville baseball games this season.
The three RBI for Ratajczak on Friday matched a career-high for the first-year Cardinal.
With his single in the first inning, sophomore Adam Engel has hit safely in a career-best seven straight games.
Freshman Zach Lucas finished with a career-best two hits in his third career start.
Lucas has hit safely in all three of his starts and is 4-for-11 (.364) at the plate with three doubles and a triple.
Sophomore Kyle Gibson had season highs with two RBI and two runs and matched a season high with two hits.
Friday marked the 12th time in 18 games this season Louisville has finished with 10 or more hits, while last season, they achieved that total just 16 times in 61 games.
With Friday's nine-run output, Louisville has scored seven or more runs nine times in the first 18 games, while in 2011, they did it just 15 times overall.
The Cardinals are 36-for-43 on stolen bases, while their opponents are just 14-for-20.
Louisville improved to 12-0 this season when leading after the seventh inning.