Josh Richmond follows through on his first inning home run Tuesday.
March 25, 2008
RICHMOND, Ky. - Freshman Josh Richmond hit the first pitch of the game out of the yard, the first of 12 extra base hits for the University of Louisville, on the way to a 19-6 win over Eastern Kentucky Tuesday at Turkey Hughes Field.
Richmond was 3 for 6 with four runs and four RBI, Jeff Arnold went 3 for 5 at the plate, driving in five runs and Greg Del George hit three doubles in three trips to pace a Cardinal offense that scored in each of the first five innings.
Richmond, whose father played baseball at EKU, got the Cards (12-7) off to a solid start, drilling his first career home run for a 1-0 Cardinal lead.
Louisville then struck for a five-spot in the second.
Del George doubled, moved to third on a flyout to right by Nate Holland and scored on an RBI single up the middle by Drew Haynes. Richmond reached on a wild pitch on strike three and scored on Andrew Clark's triple to right.
Joe Oliver's RBI double plated Matt Davis in the second to put the Colonels (9-9-1) on the board.
Del George opened the third inning with a double and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Richmond for a 7-1 Cardinal lead.
McClanahan hammered his fourth home run of the season to straight away center opening the fourth, extending his hit streak to a team-best 13 games, and giving the Cards an 8-1 lead.
Dominguez then walked, and Arnold singled before Del George's double plated two more, extending the advantage to 10-1.
Richmond doubled to open the fifth and scored on a single by Clark. An error then scored Clark for the 12th Cardinal run.
A pair of unearned runs in the sixth by EKU made it 12-5, Cards.
Louisville then piled on seven in the seventh.
McClanahan hit a one out single and scored on a double by Dominguez. Arnold singled him home, and a fielding error on a ball hit by Alfonso put runners at first and second.
A pinch single by Wunderlich scored Arnold, Haynes doubled home a run and Richmond doubled home two more before Clark's second triple of the game closed the Cardinal scoring.
Dylan McMaine singled home a run in the bottom of the ninth for the Colonels.
James Belanger (2-1) picked up the win, going six innings in the start, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and three walks, striking out five.
EKU starter Patrick Cooper (1-1) took the loss, giving up six runs on five hits and a pair of walks. He struck out two. Three Colonel relievers came out of the pen.
Clark went 3 for 7 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Haynes and McClanahan each added two hits.
Justin Haywood was hit by a pitch in his first career plate appearance.
The Cards scored a season-high 19 runs, the most they have scored since they hung 20 on Oklahoma State in the deciding game of the 2007 Louisville Super Regional.
Louisville will next host Butler Wednesday in Jim Patterson Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET.