April 1, 2003
EVANSVILLE, IN - Bases-loaded doubles by Boomer Whiting and Morgan Bojorquez keyed a seven-run fifth inning and lifted the University of Louisville baseball team to a 12-2 thrashing of Evansville in baseball action Tuesday night.
A two-out single by Mike Serafini plated the first run of the ballgame, giving the Aces(10-15) a 1-0 lead in the fourth.
The Cards (16-9) opened the fifth with a single by Greg Taylor, and a walk to catcher Luis Pardo. Ryan McKinnon sacrificed the runners over and was safe on a fielder's choice when the throw to third was late, loading the bases.
Whiting ripped a pitch down the left field line scoring two and putting the Cards up 2-1. A groundout by Nick Haley scored McKinnon for a 3-1 advantage. Dave Williams Jr. walked and J.T LaFountain was hit by a pitch to load the bases again.
With two out Bojorquez smoked a 2-2 pitch inside the bag at third clearing the bases and upping the lead to 7-1.
Whiting then lead off the sixth with a triple down the right field line and scored when Williams reached second on an error. Josh Bolen singled and Bojorquez plated Williams for a 9-1 lead. Taylor singled home Bolen and Bojorquez who had advanced on a wild pitch and Taylor scored on a double by Pardo for a 12-1 advantage.
The Aces pushed across a meaningless unearned run in the ninth to close the scoring.
Cardinal starter Chase Cruse (1-1) picked up the win, allowing a run on five hits and a walk in four innings of work, striking out three.
earned his first career save by tossing the final five innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits, while fanning five. Halford set down the first 12 he faced down in order.
Derek Kirk started for UE and took the loss, tossing 4.2 frames and allowing seven runs on four hits and three walks to go with three strikeouts.
After driving in six in last season's game at Braun Stadium, Bojorquez drove in four more with a 2 for 4 effort Tuesday. Taylor was 3 for 3 with two RBI and two runs. Whiting was 2 for 3 while scoring twice and driving in two.
Pardo also collected two hits, while Williams scored twice, going 1 for 3 and walking twice.
The same two teams will meet Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium, making up the March 18th game that was rained out.
Admission is free, as is parking for those who enter at gate four at the fairgrounds. Radio broadcast of the game can be heard at WAVG 1450 AM in Louisville.