March 28, 2003
LOUISVILLE, KY - A four-run first and dominant pitching vaulted the University of Louisville Cardinal baseball team to a 6-1 win over South Florida Friday night at Cardinal Stadium. Louisville improves to 14-8 overall with a 4-3 mark in Conference USA, while the Bulls are now 17-9 and 3-2.
Louisville put up a four spot in the first with all unearned runs as they took advantage of two South Florida errors. Dave Williams Jr. reached on an error and stole second. J.T. LaFountain also reached on an error to lead off the frame with runners at first and third with no outs.
A ground out by third baseman Greg Taylor put the Cards up 1-0, Josh Bolen followed with a triple to plate LaFountain, and Morgan Bojorquez scored Bolen from third with a sacrifice fly for the third run of the inning.
Still in the first, Ron Braun singled, Curt Stewart walked and Boomer Whiting laid down a perfect bunt single to load the bases when Nick Haley ripped an RBI single through the right side for a 4-0 U of L lead.
In the fourth, Williams Jr. walked with one out, stole second and moved to third on a groundout by LaFountain. With Taylor at the plate and two out, Williams bolted from third on USF starter David Austen's delivery and stole home, sliding in under the throw that shook loose from the catcher's glove making it 5-0 Cards.
In the fifth, a sacrifice bunt attempt by Whiting with runners at first and second was fielded by Austen, who tossed the ball into left field allowing Braun, who was sliding into third on the play, to score for a 6-0 advantage.
An RBI single by USF left fielder Travis Brown accounted for the only Bull run in the seventh.
Cardinal starter Scott Barber (6-1) was brilliant in the win, allowing one run while scattering five hits and three walks and striking out nine.
Mike Eilers was equally impressive, tossing two perfect innings of relief and fanning three.
Austen (6-1) lost for the first time in his career, allowing six runs, just one of which was earned on seven hits and three walks to go with five strikeouts in five innings of duty.
Mike Yeager gave up two hits in the final three innings for USF.
Braun was 3 for 4, scoring twice, while Williams Jr. added a pair of runs and three steals on three attempts, giving him 33 in his career, good for sole possession of seventh place on the all-time list at U of L. He is 12 for 12 on the base paths this season. Stewart and Whiting each had a pair of hits for the Cards.
The same two teams will play out the three-game set on Saturday and Sunday at Cardinal Stadium with games at 1:00 p.m. both days. Admission and parking are free and WAVG 1450 AM will broadcast both games.