March 22, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A thrilling four-run rally by the University of Louisville tied the game with two out in the bottom of the ninth, but UConn responded with four of their own in the top of the 10th to capture a 12-8 win over the Cards and salvage the final game of the series.
"We gave a good effort, but it just was not enough today," noted Head Coach Dan McDonnell.
"It hurts when you have a chance to win and you don't get it done."
UConn (8-10, 3-3 BIG EAST) leadoff batter Pierre LaPage singled and stole second on a close play, ahead of an RBI single by Pat Mahoney that gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead for the third time in as many games.
A two-out walk to Matt Burnett in the third turned into the second run of the game when Mahoney doubled to the gap in right for a 2-0 lead.
A three-run fourth inning chased Cardinal starter B.J. Rosenberg. Per Fatse walked, Mike Nemeth singled and Joe Pavone's RBI single made it 3-0. Later in the inning with two out, LaPage singled home two more for a 5-0 advantage.
The Cardinals (11-7, 2-1 BIG EAST) got on the board in the fourth. Derrick Alfonso drew a leadoff walk and Josh Richmond singled. A walk to Greg Del George loaded the bases with nobody out. A shallow fly ball to right by Nate Holland was not deep enough to score a run, but Drew Haynes then singled home Alfonso. John Dao's RBI groundout made it 5-2 Huskies.
An RBI double by Nemeth in the top of the fifth made it 6-2, but the Cards responded in the bottom of the fifth on Chris Dominguez's solo home run. The towering shot to left center was his team-leading seventh of the season.
An RBI triple by Fatse in the seventh made it 7-4 and the Huskies extended their lead to 8-4 with an RBI single off the bat of Nemeth.
Hope seemed to be lost for the Cardinals as they headed to the ninth. Dominguez singled, and two outs later Del George singled through the left side. An infield single by pitch hitter Jeff Arnold loaded the bases and put the tying run at the plate. Tyler Christensen was hit by a 1-0 pitch, pushing a run home and placing the tying run on base.
Dao hit the first pitch deep to right where Burnett camped under it at the track, but he dropped it, allowing all three runs to score to tie the game at eight.
A single, double and an intentional walk loaded the bases for UConn in the 10th. Burnett singled two home, an RBI fielder's choice plated another and an RBI single by Mike Olt sealed the game.
Rosenberg gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks in 3.2 innings, striking out five. Neil Holland allowed a run on two hits in an inning and a third and Gavin Logsdon also picked up four outs, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Thomas Royse equalled a career-best with five strikeouts, surrendering a run on two hits in 2.2 IP.
Closer Gabriel Shaw(0-1) took the loss, giving up four runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and a walk in an inning of work.
UConn starter Elliot Glynn went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks, striking out four. David Erikson tossed three innings of scoreless relief, giving up a hit and a pair of walks to go with four strikeouts.
UConn closer Matt Karl improved to 1-1 on the season, despite the blown save. He allowed four runs, just one of which was earned, on four hits in two innings.
The Cardinals stranded 13 on base in the loss. Justin McClanahan doubled twice, extending his hit streak to 12 games, the longest for a Cardinal this season. Dominguez, DelGeorge and Haynes also had two hits for UofL.
The Cards will travel to Richmond, Kentucky to face Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. ET before returning home for a Wednesday meeting with Butler at 12:00 p.m.
Louisville defeated the Colonels 13-5 on March 5.