March 21, 2007
RICHMOND, Ky. - Skylar Meade pitched five innings of two hit baseball to lead the University of Louisville to a 7-4 win over Eastern Kentucky Wednesday afternoon. Louisville (14-7) has now won five straight and 11 of their last 14.
"Skylar was very good today," said Cardinal Head Coach Dan McDonnell.
"He gave us a quality start and we were very good out of the bullpen."
Boomer Whiting reached on a infield single to open the ballgame and scored on a triple to center by Logan Johnson for a 1-0 Cardinal advantage.
The Colonels (9-8-1) picked up a pair of unearned runs on an RBI single by Shawn Flora and a sac fly to right by Matt Davis to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third.
In the Cardinal fifth Whiting walked, Johnson singled to right, and an out later Justin McClanahan blasted his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to left that gave the Cards a 4-2 lead.
Two more Cardinal errors with two-out in the bottom of the fifth pushed across another unearned run to trim the lead to a single run.
U of L got the run back on Isaiah Howes' fifth home run of the season leading of the top of the sixth.
EKU's Breck Norment tripled to open the bottom of the seventh and Tyler Barnett's single made it a 5-4 ballgame.
Louisville sealed the win with two insurance runs in the eighth. Howes singled to left with one out and scored on Jorge Castillo's pinch double down the left field line.
Freshman Chris Pelaez pinch ran for Castillo and was plated on a single through the right side by Chris Cates.
"This wasn't our cleanest game of the year but it was good to get a win on the road today," McDonnell added.
Meade allowed three runs - none of which were earned, striking out three to improve his season record to 3-1.
Andrew Salguiero gave up a hit and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning. Gavin Logsdon allowed a run on two hits, fanning two in two-thirds of an inning.
Chris Dominguez entered with one out and a man on in the seventh in a one-run game and induced a line drive-double play to end the inning. He then put the side down in order in the eighth, striking out two.
Trystan Magnuson allowed a single in the ninth, striking out a pair to pick up his second save of the season and extend his scoreless inning streak to 17.1 innings to open the season. He has struck out 19 on the season and now has the second-lowest ERA in school history at 3.48.
EKU reliever David Owens, one of six Colonel pitchers on the afternoon, took the loss, surrendering four runs on three hits and three walks in an inning-plus and dropping his record to 0-1.
Whiting was 2 for 3 with two walks, two runs scored and two more stolen bases, establishing a new personal mark for steals in a season with 27.
The total is tied for third in school history and just three away from the U of L record of 30 established by Curtis Watson in 1985. Whiting's 66 career steals is also third in the record books.
Johnson and Howes also had two hits apiece. Cates takes sole possession of 10th on the U of L career hit list with 226, surpassing U of L Athletic Hall of Famer Dan Kopriva.
Louisville will now open BIG EAST play at Villanova in a three-game weekend series beginning Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET in Philadelphia.