Sophomore Nick Haley singled and scored in Sunday's win over Cincinnati, extending his career-long hit streak to 14 games. U of L swept a three game set from UC and is in first place in C-USA.
March 28, 2004
LOUISVILLE, KY - A sacrifice fly by Mark Jurich broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh, and RBI by Logan Johnson and Danny Plasencia capped the University of Louisville's 7-4 win over Cincinnati Sunday. The win completes a three-game sweep of the weekend series, and a four-game sweep of the season series, keeping the Cards atop the Conference USA standings.
Johnson walked to open the second inning, and moved to second on a wild pitch before Ryan McKinnon's ground rule double to right scored Johnson.
A ground ball to second moved McKinnon to third and he was plated on a sac fly by Isaiah Howes, putting the Cards up 2-0.
A solo home run by UC(3-20, 0-6) pitcher Aaron Moll in the fourth, his third on the season, cut the Cardinal lead in half.
Johnson followed with a walk to plate Haley, and an out later Daniel Burton singled home Jurich for a 4-1 advantage.
With one away in the top of the seventh, Drew Saylor hit a solo home run to left before four straight singles plated two more, knotting the game at four apiece.
Singles by Plasencia and Nick Haley, and a walk to Cates opened the seventh for the Cards, leading to the sac fly by Jurich and RBI fielder's choice by Johnson, making it 6-4.
Burton doubled to open the eighth and scored on a single by Plasencia to close the scoring.
Chase Cruse gave up a base hit to the only batter he faced with one out and two on in the seventh.
Skylar Meade (3-0) followed Cruse and allowed a hit before retiring the next two, one by way of the strikeout to earn the win.
Griffin Bailey was the fourth U of L pitcher on the afternoon, and he surrendered three hits in 1.1 innings striking out one.
Brian Halford entered with runners at second and third with one out, and the tying runner at the plate, when he induced a pop-up and a strikeout to pick up his fourth save of the season. It was his fifth save of his career, tying him for eighth in the U of L record books.
Halford is now 3-0 with two saves in five conference games and 4-0 with four saves in 11 appearances this season.
Moll(0-2) took the loss, allowing seven runs on nine hits and seven walks in 7.1 frames. He struck out three.
With Haley's single in the seventh, he extended his career-high hitting streak to 14 games.
Jurich, Burton and Plasencia each had a pair of hits for the Cards, while Johnson drove in a pair without the benefit of a hit.
It was the first sweep of a three-game series for the Cardinals since they closed out the 2002 regular season with three straight over UAB at home, and the first sweep of the Bearcats since 1997.
The Cards will complete the homestand with Marshall on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. in Cardinal Stadium and a three-game set with Memphis over the weekend. Attendance and parking to all home games at Cardinal Stadium is free.