March 26, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Louisville junior righties Thomas Royse and Neil Holland held Connecticut to just four hits, while junior outfielder Drew Haynes provided the only RBI of the night as the seventh-ranked Cardinals earned a 1-0 win over the Huskies on Friday night in front of a crowd of 2,532 at Jim Patterson Stadium.
With the win in the BIG EAST Conference baseball opener for both teams, Louisville improved to 19-2 overall, while UConn dropped to 12-6 overall. The teams will continue the weekend series on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, at Jim Patterson Stadium, while Sunday's series finale is set for 1 p.m. Due to the potential for inclement weather impacting Sunday's game, officials plan to make a decision by 11 a.m. ET on Saturday on the possibility of playing a second game on Saturday evening. Fans can visit UofLSports.com for any possible schedule adjustments.
On the mound, Royse (Lexington, Ky./Dunbar HS) and Holland (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) continued their dominant work this season combining for 13 strikeouts on Friday night. Royse struck out a career best 13 and allowed only three hits in 7.0 innings to earn the win and improve to 5-0 on the season. Holland followed by allowing just one hit, an infield single, with two strikeouts to earn his team-leading fifth save of the year. The shutout was the first at home for the Cardinals since Royse held Pittsburgh to just one hit in a 1-0 triumph on April 11, 2009.
It is the second time this season Royse and Holland, who were both named to the College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year Watch List earlier in the week, have combined for a Friday night shutout. On Feb. 26, the duo held Michigan to just two hits in a 2-0 win at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge in Clearwater, Fla. Overall, Holland, who is also 3-0 with an ERA of just 0.41, has now allowed only one earned run and five total hits with 25 strikeouts in 22.0 innings of relief this season.
"This was a great Friday night game where two starting pitchers did a tremendous job of controlling both offenses," said Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell
. "Fortunately, Drew (Haynes) got a big two-out hit to score a run, Thomas was dominant again and Neil did what Neil does. It was phenomenal."
At the plate, Haynes (New Albany, Ind./New Albany HS) was the hero going 2-for-3 overall with one RBI, a two-out single through the left side of the infield to score junior third baseman Phil Wunderlich (Chicago, Ill./Downers Grove HS) in the second inning for the only run of the night. The run was setup by Wunderlich, who led off the inning with a single up the middle off UConn starter Elliot Glynn, moved to second on a walk to freshman Cade Stallings and advanced to third on a fielder's choice. Wunderlich was also 2-for-3 at the plate despite the Cardinals matching a season-low with just six hits.
Glynn was the tough-luck loser for the Huskies as the junior lefty allowed only the one run on six hits in 7.2 innings to drop to 2-2 on the season. At the plate, UConn was led by designate hitter Kevin Vance, who had two of the Huskies four hits before striking out to end the game in the ninth.
- With Friday's win, the Cardinals improved to 8-4 all-time against the Huskies, including 5-2 at Jim Patterson Stadium. Louisville has won its last two over Connecticut, including an 11-3 win in the 2009 BIG EAST Tournament title game in Clearwater, Fla.
- The 13 strikeouts for Royse and Holland is a season-high for the Louisville pitching staff, one better than the 12 K's by the duo on Feb. 26 against Michigan.
- Louisville improved to 5-0 in one-run games on the season with Friday's win. The Cardinals were 14-8 in one-run games in 2009.