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Louisville Baseball Post-Game Notes

 



March 20, 2011

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Louisville Team Notes

  • Xavier has defeated Louisville twice in one season for the first time since XU took a doubleheader from the Cards on April 26, 1990. U of L has still won six of the last nine and 12 of the last 17 and leads the all-time series 28-19.

  • The Cards allowed multiple runs in the first inning for the fourth time in the past five games. U of L has yielded 12 first-inning runs in the five games, compared to just three over the first 14 contests. Opponents are outscoring Louisville 15-2 in the opening frame in 2011.

  • Over half (29 of 54) of the runs Louisville has allowed this year have come in the first three innings. After the fourth inning this season, the Cards are outscoring their foes 52-20.

  • U of L has now recorded four losses in a span of five games within one season for the first time under Dan McDonnell (the Cards lost five straight games from May 30, 2008-Feb. 22, 2009, but two came at the end of the '08 season). Louisville last had a 1-4 record or worse in a five-game window in one year in 2006, when the Cardinals suffered through a five-game losing streak from April 22-29.

  • The Cardinals have dropped two three-game series at home in one year for the first time since losing two of three to both Connecticut and Cincinnati during BIG EAST play in 2006. U of L has not lost three series at any location in a season since 2006 (series losses to Florida Atlantic, Georgia, Connecticut, USF, West Virginia, and Cincinnati).

  • McDonnell falls to 9-7 at Louisville in deciding games of three-game series. U of L had not lost the rubber game of a three-game set since April 26, 2009, against Notre Dame (the Cards were 3-0 in deciding games a year ago).

  • McDonnell's Cards fall to 39-12 in three-game series during the regular season (series wins and losses, not individual games). The series defeat was just the third for Louisville in its last 19 three-game sets.

  • Results of three-game series, since 2007 (regular-season)
    Year	W	L
    2007	9	3
    2008	8	3
    2009	8	3
    2010	12	1
    2011	2	2
    Total	39	12

  • Louisville falls to 4-6 this season when a right-handed pitcher begins on the hill for the opposition. U of L's last five losses have all come against righties.

  • The Cardinals' current string of 22 consecutive games without scoring 10+ runs is the longest for a Louisville team since a 24-game span from March 30-May 11, 1996. U of L has not needed more than 19 games to pick up its first 10-run game of the year since 1972, when that squad went the entire 38-game season without scoring in double digits.

    Louisville Player Notes

  • Sophomore Mike Nastold had his scoreless streak snapped at 13.1 innings when Phil Bauer doubled home John McCambridge in the first inning. Nastold had not allowed a run since the first inning of his start against Toledo on Feb. 27.

  • Nastold rebounded to blank the Musketeers over the final 2.2 innings of his outing. He still has not given up a run after the first inning this year, allowing just eight hits in 15.2 innings of work from the second inning on.

  • Nastold, first inning this season
    ERA	OPP AVG	        IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO
    7.20	.316		5.0	6	4	4	2	0

  • Nastold, after the first
    ERA	OPP AVG	        IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO
    0.00	.157		15.2	8	0	0	10	15

  • Nastold suffered the first defeat of his collegiate career, falling to 4-1 in 13 outings (11 starts).

  • The three walks for Nastold tied a career high.

  • Junior Derek Self tossed 4.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Sunday, his sixth consecutive relief outing of at least 3.0 innings and a career-long stint out of the pen for the junior. Self has allowed one run or fewer in 12 straight relief appearances, a stretch in which he has recorded an ERA of 0.76 with 15 punchouts and only four walks (23.2 innings).

  • Self has a 1.32 ERA in his last 12 appearances overall dating back to last season.

  • Self, last 12 appearances
    Record	ERA	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO
    1-0	1.32	27.1	21	5	4	6	17

  • Self, last 12 relief appearances
    Record	ERA	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO
    1-0	0.76	23.2	18	3	2	4	15

  • Self's five strikeouts tied a career best, a mark he also achieved on March 7, 2010, against LeMoyne.

  • Freshman Alex Chittenden's ninth-inning double was the first extra-base hit of his career and extended his hit streak to seven games. Chittenden is hitting .424 (14-for-33) since beginning his Louisville career 0-for-24.

  • Junior Stewart Ijames picked up his eighth RBI in the last seven games with a two-out single up the middle to break up the shutout in the seventh. Ijames has seen his batting average rise from .219 to .270 during the stretch, in which he has collected a quartet of two-hit games.

  • Freshman Cole Sturgeon broke out of a 1-for-15 slump at the plate with a 2-for-4 day, the first multi-hit game of his career.

  • Freshman Jeff Gardner grounded out in his second career at bat in the eighth inning.

  • Senior J.J. Ethel's hitting streak ended at eight games after the catcher finished 0-for-3 with a walk.

  • Junior Ryan Wright went hitless for the second straight game, but did tie a career best by drawing two walks, including one to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth.
     

     

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