March 25, 2006
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville picked up another strong pitching performance, this time from junior B.J. Rosenberg, as he allowed just an unearned run in seven innings leading the Cardinals to a 3-1 win over Rutgers Saturday at Jim Patterson Stadium. Michael Urti and Alec Lowrey's RBI doubles in the bottom of the seventh snapped a 1-1 tie.
The Scarlet Knights (6-12, 0-2 BIG EAST) took a 1-0 lead in the first. Leadoff man Jeff Grose doubled, was safe at third due to an error on a fielder's choice and scored when the runner at first was caught in a rundown.
Louisville (9-14, 2-0 BIG EAST) evened things up in the bottom of the second on another unearned run on a double steal situation. Daniel Burton singled to center to open the inning and motored to third on Derrick Alfonso's single.
When Alfonso broke for second on a steal attempt, Rutgers catcher Frank Meade bluffed a throw to second and fired down to third, trying to nab Burton, but the throw went into left field and Burton scored, making it 1-1.
In the seventh, it was Alfonso tying a career best with his third hit of the game as he doubled with one out.
Urti fouled off five pitches after falling behind 0-2 before ripping a double over the left fielder's head, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead. An out later, Lowery belted a two-bagger of his own down the right field line to plate Urti and close the scoring.
Rosenberg (3-3) struck out six, walking one and scattering five hits facing just four over the minimum in the win.
Griffin Bailey shut the door on the Knights, walking one, and striking out four in the final two innings to earn his first save of the season.
The Cardinals will look for a sweep in the final game of the series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Admission is free.