The win for Xavier was just the second in the last seven meetings between the two schools, as well as just the fourth in the last 15 matchups. U of L holds a 27-18 advantage in the all-time series.
Xavier's winning streak now sits at nine games, with the Musketeers' last loss coming on March 5 against Illinois State.
Louisville allowed multiple runs in the first inning on Friday for the third consecutive game (nine runs total), as Xavier put up a four-spot in the opening frame. In California, USC had a 2-0 lead after an inning on Tuesday and a 3-0 cushion after one on Wednesday. The Cards had allowed just three first-inning runs all season entering the series with the Trojans, including just one over the previous eight contests.
Of the 50 runs U of L has allowed this season, 26 have crossed the plate in the first three innings.
The Cards outscored the Musketeers 6-3 after the first four innings and have now outplated their opponents 51-19 from the fifth inning on this season.
After registering a 1.20 ERA through the season's first 14 games, Louisville has seen the mark rise to 2.29 after the past three contests (7.92 combined ERA in those games).
The 11 runs tie for the most Louisville has allowed in a game since a 15-5 loss at Pittsburgh on April 10 of last season. The Cardinals have not yielded more runs at Jim Patterson Stadium since a 13-12 defeat at the hands of Notre Dame on April 26, 2009.
The Cards yielded nine runs in back-to-back games for the first time since the final two games of the 2009 campaign (12 and 11, both to Cal State Fullerton in the NCAA Tournament).
Xavier's last five runs in the game all came with two outs.
Louisville allowed 10+ hits for the first time this season (XU finished with 15). Xavier batted .375 (15-for-40) for the contest after no Cardinal foe had hit higher than .300 in a game this year.
The first 11 XU hits in the game were singles, but 10 came with runners on base and five with runners in scoring position.
Cardinal hitters notched four walks and a hit-by-pitch with only three strikeouts in the game, giving them 23 walks, five HBP, and just 18 punchouts over the past five contests.
U of L still has failed to crack the 10-run mark in a game this season, the first time since 1972 the Cardinals have failed to notch double-digit runs within the first 17 games of the season (the Cards went the whole season without scoring 10 runs in a game that year). Since June 4, 2010, Louisville has gone 20 straight games without scoring 10 runs, the longest streak for U of L since a 21-game stretch from April 21, 2000-Feb. 11, 2001.
The three-game losing streak is just the third of head coach Dan McDonnell's tenure at Louisville. The only other occurrences were a five-game stretch from May 30, 2008-Feb. 22, 2009 and a three-game stretch last season (May 6-10).
Louisville has now played three straight games of at least two hours and 51 minutes after the Cards' first 14 games this season each took no longer than 2:43 to complete.
The Cardinals fall to 4-5 this season against right-handed starters and 3-5 when the opponent scores the first run.
Louisville Player Notes
Since beginning his career 0-for-24 from the dish, freshman Alex Chittenden has 12 hits in 26 at bats for a .462 average. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the game to up his season average to .240.
Chittenden has collected two or more hits in five of his past seven games.
Nine of Chittenden's 12 hits this season have come with runners on base (.333 average with runners on).
Starter Matt Koch gave up career highs in runs (eight), earned runs (six), and walks (three) in shouldering just his second career loss. The outing snapped a remarkable stretch in which Koch yielded five hits or less, two walks or less, and two earned runs or less in seven consecutive starts dating back to last season (3-1 record, 2.23 ERA over that span).
Date Opponent Dec IP H R ER BB SO
5.22.10 Notre Dame - 4.2 5 2 2 1 3
5.27.10 St. John's - 6.2 5 3 2 1 7
6.5.10 Vanderbilt W 6.0 3 1 1 1 3
2.18.11 Michigan W 5.0 4 3 2 1 8
2.25.11 Toledo L 6.0 5 3 2 2 3
3.4.11 Kent State - 8.0 5 1 1 1 2
3.11.11 Pepperdine W 8.0 4 2 1 1 7
3.18.11 Xavier L 3.0 7 8 6 3 1
The 3.0-inning start was the shortest of Koch's career.
Sophomore Kyle Grieshaber drew a pair of walks in the game (his first two trips to the plate), matching a career high. He had walked just three times in his past 19 games coming in.
The bases on balls gave Grieshaber two singles, two hit-by-pitches, two walks, and a sacrifice fly in a span of seven plate appearances.
Junior righty Travis Tingle tossed 3.0 scoreless frames in relief of Koch to run his personal scoreless stretch to four outings and 5.1 innings.
Tingle has walked none of the 30 batters he has faced in his Louisville career. He handed out just 35 free passes in 139.0 innings in his two years at Cleveland State C.C.
Senior J.J. Ethel extended his hitting streak to seven games with a sixth-inning single, a streak in which he has batted .391 (9-for-23). The seven-game stretch ties for the longest of Ethel's career (he also hit in seven straight from May 1-20 last year).
Fellow senior Drew Haynes picked up his sixth multi-hit game of the season, finishing 2-for-4. Haynes is hitting a scorching .684 in those games with five RBI and only one strikeout. Of his 14 hits this season, all but one have come in his multi-hit outings.
Drew Haynes in 2011 Multi-hit games (6): .684 AVG (13-for-19), 5 RBI, 1 SO Other games (11): .045 AVG (1-for-22), 1 RBI, 4 SO
Junior Stewart Ijames went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, and two RBI in the game, giving him seven RBI over the past five ballgames. He has six extra-base hits (three doubles, a triple, and two long balls) over that stretch.
Freshman Ryan Seiz collected his third two-hit game in the past six contests.