March 18, 2012
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With Sunday's win, Louisville holds a 16-8 advantage in the all-time series with Ball State.
Louisville has an 11-3 record this season at Jim Patterson Stadium and is 166-64 (.721) all-time in the ballpark, which opened in April 2005.
With his team-leading seventh home run of the season, senior Stewart Ijames now has 40 career home runs and is tied for 10th on the Cardinals' career list with Phil Wunderlich.
Along with the seven home runs, Ijames leads the Cardinals with 25 RBI and is hitting .329 overall this season.
With his first inning single on Sunday, junior Nick Ratajczak extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games.
During his 11-game hitting streak, Ratajczak is hitting .535 (23-for-43) with 14 runs and eight RBI.
Ratajczak has reached base safely in all 20 Louisville baseball games this season.
The first inning home run for sophomore Ty Young was the first of his career.
With their home runs in the first inning on Sunday, Stewart Ijames and Ty Young became the first Louisville players to hit back-to-back home runs since Ijames and Ryan Seiz did it on March 22, 2011, against Kent State.
With his two hits on Sunday, sophomore Adam Engel has hit safely in a career-best nine straight games.
Freshman Zach Lucas had a career-best three hits and matched a career-high with two runs scored on Sunday.
In his five starts this season, Lucas is hitting .474 (9-for-19) with seven runs and four RBI.
Sunday marked the 14th time in 20 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 Sunday's 13-run output, Louisville has scored seven or more runs 11 times in the first 20 games, while in 2011, they did it just 15 times overall.
With 14 runs on Saturday and 13 runs on Sunday, the Cardinals have scored in double-figures in back-to-back games for the first time since March 22-25, 2011 in wins over Kent State (11-2) and Rutgers (11-2).
The 17 hits matched a season high total for the Cardinals, which they also accomplished in Saturday's win over Ball State.
During the Cardinals' 4-1 mark this week, three different players hit .500 or higher while starting at least four of the five games: Ratajczak (.579, 11-for-19), Lucas (.533, 8-for-15) and Young (.529, 9-for-17).
Louisville has scored in the first inning in seven straight games and eight of its last nine overall.
The eight runs in the first inning on Sunday were the most runs in an inning for the Cardinals since scoring eight in the first in a 14-3 win over Eastern Kentucky on May 18, 2010.
During the Cardinals' eight-run first inning, nine straight Louisville players reached base with two outs.
Louisville improved to 14-0 this season when leading after the seventh inning.