Louisville Baseball Post-Game Notes

 



March 19, 2011

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Louisville Team Notes

  • Louisville has now won six of the past eight meetings between the two squads and 12 of the last 16. The Cardinals lead the all-time series 28-18.

  • The Cardinals snapped Xavier's winning streak at nine games.

  • The shutout for U of L was its sixth of the season, tops in the nation and already the second-most in Louisville history (the 2007 team had seven).

  • Most shutouts, Division I (as of end of Louisville-Xavier game)
    1. 6 - Louisville
    2. 5 - Oklahoma State
    2. 5 - Texas
    2. 5 - Virginia
    2. 5 - Wichita State

  • Most shutouts in a season, Louisville history
    1. 7 - 2007
    2. 6 - 2011
    2. 6 - 1974

  • The Cards pitched a shutout immediately following a game in which they allowed 10+ runs for the first time since April 27-28, 2007, when Louisville dropped a 10-4 decision to USF before blanking the Bulls 4-0 the next day.

  • Louisville improves to 8-1 this season against left-handed starting pitchers.

  • U of L's losing streak ended at three, preventing the first four-game winless streak for the Cards within one season since April 22-29, 2006 (five games).

  • The Cardinals' current string of 21 consecutive games without scoring 10+ runs is the longest for a Louisville squad since a 24-game span from March 30-May 11, 1996. U of L has not taken more than 18 games to pick up its first 10-run game of the year since 1972, when that team went the entire 38-game season without scoring in double figures.

    Louisville Player Notes

  • Sophomore Justin Amlung improved to 9-0 in 13 career regular-season starts with Saturday's win. Amlung's only two losses have come in relief (against Kentucky on April 6, 2010) and in the postseason (against Vanderbilt in last year's NCAA Regional).

  • Amlung kept the opposition off the board over the first three innings for the sixth consecutive start, working out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the opening inning to keep the streak intact. He has allowed just 13 baserunners in those 18.0 innings.

  • First three innings for Justin Amlung, last six starts
    IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO
    18.0	10	0	0	2	12

  • Amlung lowered his ERA over his last six regular-season starts to a microscopic 0.43, allowing just 22 hits and two runs in 41.2 innings over that stretch. He has held the opponent without a run in four of the six outings (each covering 6.0 innings or more). Amlung's season ERA currently sits at 0.50.

  • Justin Amlung, last six regular-season starts
    Date		Opponent    	Dec	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO
    5.22.10		Notre Dame-2	W	6.0	4	0	0	0	6
    2.19.11		Ohio State	W	7.2	4	0	0	1	4
    2.26.11		Toledo		-	6.0	5	1	1	1	5
    3.5.11		Kent State	W	7.0	1	1	1	1	4
    3.12.11		Pepperdine	W	8.0	3	0	0	2	3
    3.19.11		Xavier		W	7.0	5	0	0	2	7
    		Totals		5-0	41.2	22	2	2	7	29

  • Amlung's scoreless streak currently sits at 15.0 innings after back-to-back shutout starts. His seven strikeouts on Saturday marked a new career best.

  • Amlung is 8-1 with a 1.36 ERA over his last 12 starts after recording a 7.59 ERA and allowing 18 hits in 10.2 innings over his first three career starts.

  • Amlung, first three career starts
    Record	ERA	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO
    0-0	7.59	10.2	18	9	9	2	11

  • Amlung, last 12 starts
    Record	ERA	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO
    8-1	1.36	66.0	46	11	10	14	45

  • Since beginning his career 0-for-24 from the dish, freshman Alex Chittenden has 13 hits in 30 at bats for a .433 average. Chittenden moved his hitting streak to six games on Saturday with a fourth-inning single, his 10th this season with runners on base. He is 10-for-30 (.333) with runners on this year.

  • Senior J.J. Ethel's bunt single in his first plate appearance extended his hitting streak to a career-long eight games. Ethel is hitting .407 (11-for-27) during the streak.

  • Sophomore Cade Stallings' RBI base knock in the second inning gave him five RBI over the last four games. Stallings also notched his third two-hit game in the last five contests.

  • Freshman Ryan Seiz's multi-hit game was his fourth in the last seven games. Since a 3-for-19 (.158) stretch to open his career, Seiz is hitting .360 (9-for-25) with four RBI.

  • Freshman Jeff Thompson extended his career-opening scoreless streak to 9.1 innings with a 1-2-3 eighth inning Saturday afternoon. Thompson picked up his third hold of the season in the process.

  • Thompson has retired the last eight batters he has faced and 11 of the last 12.

  • The save for closer Tony Zych was his sixth of the season, tying him for 10th on the Cardinal single-season list. Zych is on pace to shatter the Louisville record for saves in a season (17), set by Neil Holland last year. Zych's eight career saves place him 11th on the U of L all-time list (Holland also holds that record, with 19).
     

     

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