Louisville junior C Jeff Arnold
March 22, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Led by home runs from Jeff Arnold, Chris Dominguez and Josh Richmond, the University of Louisville baseball team finished with 16 total hits and eight extra base hits to clinch their first BIG EAST series of the season with Sunday's 16-6 win over Georgetown at Jim Patterson Stadium.
A day after Saturday's tough 5-4 loss to the Hoyas, the Cardinals (14-6, 2-1 BIG EAST) made sure Sunday's game would not be in question with an impressive day at the plate, led by Arnold, Dominguez, Richmond and Phil Wunderlich. Arnold had his best game of the season at the plate going 3-for-5 overall with a career-high five RBI, two runs scored and his first home run of 2009.
Dominguez continued his hot hitting with a 4-for-4 day from the plate, including his second home run in two days and his seventh of the season, three RBI and four runs scored. He also extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games and is now the Cards' leading hitter with a .400 average overall (30-of-75).
Richmond was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI on his fourth home run of the season, while Wunderlich extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games with a 3-for-4 day at the plate and three runs scored.
For the third straight day, the Cardinals scored first against the Hoyas as junior second baseman Adam Duvall was hit by a pitch from GU starter Jack Bender, advanced to second and third on a pair of wild pitches and then scored on an error by Bender after his throw to first hit Cards' baserunner Andrew Clark and got away from GU first baseman Dan Capeless for a 1-0 Louisville lead after the first inning.
Georgetown (7-13, 1-2) came back in the second inning to even the score at 1-1 as Sean Baumann led off the inning with home run to left field off Louisville starter Dean Kiekhefer.
The Hoyas came back to gain their first lead of the day in the third inning as Sean Lamont led off the inning with a double to left center and scored on an RBI single to right by Baumann. Baumann then moved to third on a single through the right side by Tom Elliott and scored on an RBI groundout by Kelly Muir to make it 3-2 Georgetown.
The Cardinals came back again and regained the lead for good with five runs on five hits in the fourth inning. Dominguez led off the inning with a double down the left field line, advanced to third on a single to right field by Wunderlich and scored on an RBI single to center by freshman Ryan Wright to make it 3-3. After Richmond was hit by a pitch from Bender to load the bases, Arnold singled to right center to score Wunderlich and Wright for a 5-3 Louisville lead.
Bender was then replaced on the mound by Pablo Vinent, whose wild pitch allowed Richmond to move to third and Arnold to move to second. Senior outfielder Alec Lowrey followed with an RBI single to right center to score both Richmond and Arnold for a 7-3 Cards' lead after four innings.
Louisville added two more runs an inning later as Dominguez led off another inning with a hit, this time a single to right field. He then advanced to third on a double down the right field line by Wunderlich and scored on an RBI groundout by Wright off reliever Mike Smith to make it 8-3 Louisville. After advancing to third on a flyout by Richmond, Wunderlich scored on an infield single by Arnold for a 9-3 Cards' advantage.
The Hoyas pulled to within three at 9-6 with a three-run sixth inning highlighted by a two-run double to left field by Erick Fernandez to score Tommy Lee and Dan Godefroi. GU added its final run of the inning as Andy Lentz scored from third on a passed ball.
Louisville quickly got the three runs back in the home half of the sixth on two hits and one GU error. Senior shortstop John Dao led off the inning with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a groundout by Duvall. He then scored after Capeless took a ground ball off the bat of Clark at first base and made a bad throw home to Fernandez in attempt to stop the run at the plate.
With the score 10-6, Georgetown head coach Pete Wilk replaced Smith on the mound with reliever Billy Concannon, whose first pitch was hammered over the center field wall by Dominguez to score Clark and make it 12-6 Cardinals.
Louisville added a run in the seventh as Arnold led off the inning with his home run to left off Hoya reliever Cary Piligian, who had just entered the game. The Cards closed the scoring in the eighth with three more runs on four hits. Dominguez singled to left center to score Clark, who had reached on lead off single. Sophomore Drew Haynes doubled to right center to score Dominguez, while Arnold's RBI ground out scored Wunderlich, who had reached earlier in the inning on a single to right center.
Junior Matt Lea picked up his first win of the season with 2.0 innings of relief after replacing Louisville starter Dean Kiekhefer in the fourth inning. Lea allowed two runs on two hits and had four strikeouts, while Kiekhefer gave up three runs on six hits and had four strikeouts in his 3.0 innings. Senior Gavin Logsdon allowed one run in his 2.0 innings of relief, while sophomore Tyler Mathis and freshman Tony Zych each had one inning of scoreless relief for the Cards. Bender took the loss for the Hoyas.
Up next, the Cardinals will host Evansville on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium and Western Kentucky on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Admission is free for both games.
- Along with his team-leading .400 average and seven home runs, junior third baseman Chris Dominguez also leads the Cardinals in RBI with 31, stolen bases with nine on 13 attempts, slugging percentage at .747 and on-base percentage at .521.
- With his 2.0 innings of work on Sunday, senior lefty Gavin Logsdon made is 80th career appearance on the mound as a Cardinal to break a tie for fourth all-time at Louisville with Todd Raithel (1997-2000). With his next appearance, the Caneyville, Ky., native will move into a tie for third on the list with Carlos Fernandez (2000-03) at 81.
- With Sunday's win, the Cardinals improved to 14-6 this season, which is the best 20-game start for a Dan McDonnell-coached team at Louisville. The 2007 Louisville team started the season 13-7 before eventually advancing to the College World Series, while the 2008 squad also started 13-7 before going on to win the BIG EAST Conference Tournament and earning the program's first-ever back-to-back NCAA Regional bids.