Louisville junior LHP Justin Marks
March 20, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior left-hander Justin Marks picked up his third straight win with his third consecutive 11-strikeout performance to lead the 27th-ranked Louisville baseball team to an 8-3 win over Georgetown on Friday at Jim Patterson Stadium in the BIG EAST opener for both teams.
Marks, an All-American from Owensboro, Ky., allowed only one run on just three hits in an impressive 7.0 innings with nearly 30 professional scouts in attendance. Marks has 33 strikeouts in his last 20 innings on the mound and he matched a career high with 16.2 straight innings without allowing a run from March 6-20 before the Hoyas broke through for one run on Friday.
"That's two weeks in a row that Justin Marks has been dominate on the mound for our team," said Louisville head coach Dan McConnell. "He set the tone for the game with three strikeouts in the first inning and was very good all day."
With Marks' dominant effort on the mound, the Cardinals (13-5, 1-0) also got several strong performances from the plate led by sophomores Phil Wunderlich and Josh Richmond. Wunderlich, from Chicago, was 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season and two runs scored, while Richmond, from Cincinnati, was 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Junior Chris Dominguez was also 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored.
Following a pair of scoreless innings to start the game, Louisville jumped in front of the Hoyas (6-12, 0-1) with a four-run third inning. Richmond started the inning with a leadoff single to center field off Georgetown starter Tim Adleman and then advanced to second as junior catcher Jeff Arnold reached base on an error by GU leftfielder Rand Ravnaas. Arnold was then cutdown at second on a 5-4 fielder's choice off the bat of sophomore outfielder Drew Haynes. With runners on the corners, Haynes stole second and Richmond scored the first run of the game as catcher Greg Pustizzi's throw down to second was misplayed by shortstop Tom Elliott.
Louisville built on that lead an inning later as Wunderlich led off the fourth with a solo home run to right field for a 5-0 advantage. After a pair of outs, Arnold then singled to left field, stole second, advanced to third on an infield single by Haynes and scored after Hoyas' second baseman Chip Malt misplayed the ball on Haynes' second stolen base for a 6-0 lead.
Georgetown broke up Marks' scoreless streak in the sixth inning as Elliott led off with a single to center field, advanced to second on a groundout, stole third and then scored on a Malt single through the left side. With one out and two runners on base, Marks closed out the Hoyas scoring chances in the inning with a pair of strikeouts.
The Cardinals pushed their lead back out to 7-1 in the home half of the sixth as Wunderlich led off with a single to right field, moved to third on a single to left center by freshman Ryan Wright and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Richmond. Louisville closed its scoring with another run in the eighth inning as Dominguez led off by being hit by a pitch, stole second for his team-leading ninth stolen base of the season and then scored from second on an RBI single to left by Richmond.
Georgetown scored a pair of runs in the ninth inning of Louisville freshman reliever Derek Self as rightfielder Kelly Muir tripled to right field to score Dan Capeless and Sean Lamont to close the scoring at 8-3. Adleman took the loss for the Hoyas to fall to 0-3 overall this season.
Louisville will continue its BIG EAST series with Georgetown on Saturday at 1 p.m., while Sunday's finale will begin at noon ET. Admission is free for all games this weekend.
- Louisville continued its impressive start at home this season as the Cards improved to 12-1 overall at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2009 with Friday's win over Georgetown.
- Junior lefty Justin Marks is 3-1 this season with 40 strikeouts in 30 innings and an ERA of just 2.40. Overall, he is 21-5 as a Cardinal and is just one win shy of the Brian Bentley's school record career total of 22 wins set from 1997-2000.
- With his fourth home run of the season in the fourth inning, sophomore Phil Wunderlich extended his career-best hitting streak to 10 games. Overall, he leads the team in hitting with a .385 average (25-for-65), is second on the team with his four home runs and is tied for second with 18 RBI.
- With his 0-for-4 day from the plate, junior second baseman Adam Duvall had his 15-game hitting streak halted. Friday marked just the second time in 18 games this season that the Butler High School product and Chipola Junior College transfer went hitless for Louisville.