March 17, 2012
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With Saturday's win, Louisville holds a 15-8 advantage in the all-time series with Ball State.
Louisville has a 10-3 record this season at Jim Patterson Stadium and is 165-64 (.719) all-time in the ballpark, which opened in April 2005.
With his team-leading sixth home run of the season, senior Stewart Ijames now has 39 career home runs as a Cardinal. The rest of the Cardinals on the 2012 roster have a combined 10 career home runs (Wasserman 4, Gardner 3, Seiz 2, Chittenden 1).
Along with the six home runs, Ijames leads the Cardinals with 22 RBI and is hitting .324 overall this season.
With his two hits on Saturday, junior Nick Ratajczak extended his career-best hitting streak to 10 games.
During his 10-game hitting streak, Ratajczak is hitting .550 (22-for-40) with 13 runs and seven RBI.
Ratajczak has reached base safely in all 19 Louisville baseball games this season.
Saturday marked the 13th time in 19 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 Saturday's 14-run output, Louisville has scored seven or more runs 10 times in the first 19 games, while in 2011, they did it just 15 times overall.
Sophomore Adam Engel had two stolen bases on Saturday and is 15-for-16 on the season.
Overall, the Cardinals are 41-of-48 on stolen bases, while their opponents are just 15-for-22.
With his two hits on Saturday, sophomore Adam Engel has hit safely in a career-best eight straight games.
Louisville improved to 12-0 this season when leading after the seventh inning.
All nine players in the Cardinals' starting lineup finished with at least one hit on Saturday.
The 17 hits and 14 runs on Saturday are both season highs for the Cardinals.