March 27, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In a matchup of top 20 squads, the 10th-ranked Louisville baseball team dropped a 6-2 decision at No. 19 Indiana on Wednesday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field.
The Cardinals fell to 19-5 overall after losing for the third time in four games and in back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Hoosiers improved to 19-3 on the season after winning their 12th straight overall. The loss also ended Louisville's six-game winning streak over Indiana in Bloomington.
UofL gained an early 1-0 lead in the third inning of Wednesday's game only to see the Hoosiers score five straight runs and assume command of the game. After back-to-back scoreless innings opened the game, the third frame started with a leadoff single from Louisville junior outfielder Adam Engel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Loveland HS) off Indiana lefty starter Will Coursen-Carr. Following his 23rd stolen base of the season and a groundout to the right side, Engel scored the first run of the day on an RBI sacrifice fly to right field by junior third baseman Ty Young (Coatesville, Pa./Malvern Prep).
However, the Louisville lead was short-lived as IU evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the third on an RBI groundout by outfielder Justin Cureton to score outfielder Chris Sujka. An inning later, the Hoosiers gained the lead for good plating three more runs against freshman righty starter Kyle Funkhouser (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest HS). After back-to-back groundouts to start the fourth inning, Indiana strung together four straight hits - double to left center by shortstop Michael Basil, an RBI triple to right center by third baseman Dustin DeMuth, an RBI single to center by Sujka and an RBI triple to right center by outfielder Will Nolden - to take a 4-1 advantage.
In the fifth inning, the Hoosiers pushed their lead to 5-1 thanks to an unearned run against Funkhouser. The Cardinals' best chance at a rally came in the eighth when they loaded the bases with no outs against reliever Scott Effross. However, the righty forced Louisville outfielder Cole Sturgeon (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) into a 4-6-3 double-play allowing the only run of the inning to score and cut the deficit to 5-2. A pitch later, Effross got junior catcher Kyle Gibson (Henderson, Ky./Henderson County HS) to flyout to end the threat.
IU added a final unearned run in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI sac fly by Cureton for the final margin. Funkhouser, who had his streak of 20.1 innings without allowing an earned run ended in the third inning on Wednesday, suffered his first career loss to drop to 2-1 overall after allowing five runs, including four earned, on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Coursen-Carr finished with a no-decision after allowing one run on just two hits with two strikeouts in 4.2 innings, while Effross earned the win and improved to 4-0 overall after allowing just one unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings of relief.
Young led the Louisville offense as the only player with more than one hit going 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI. The Cardinals were out-hit 7-5 by the Hoosiers, who were led by DeMuth and Sujka with two hits and one RBI each.
Up next, No. 10 Louisville faces a quick turnaround as No. 15 Notre Dame visits Jim Patterson Stadium for a three-game BIG EAST Conference series starting Thursday at 6 p.m., ET. The Cardinals and Fighting Irish will also play Friday at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m., and admission is free throughout the series.
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Postgame Louisville Notes
- After three neutral site games and 20 straight home games, Wednesday marked the first official road game for the Cardinals.
- With a loss to IU in the season-opener on Feb. 15 combined with Wednesday's defeat, the Cardinals have lost the season series with the Hoosiers for the first time since 1991.
- Wednesday's win gave Indiana a 21-20 advantage in the all-time series with Louisville.
- The Cardinals have lost back-to-back games for the first time since dropping games to Connecticut and USF on May 25, 2012 during the BIG EAST Championship in Clearwater, Fla.
- With his 2-for-3 outing on Wednesday, Ty Young earned his eighth multi-hit performance of the season, which is tied for second most on the team.
- Young's first inning triple was the 16th of the season for Louisville, which entered the week ranked fourth in the nation with 15. Last season, the Cardinals finished with 18 triples in 63 games.
- After scoring in the first inning nine times in the first 17 games of the season, Louisville has scored in the first only once in the last seven games. The Cardinals have not scored in the first in any of the last four games.