April 1, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Senior Alec Lowrey's sacrifice fly to right field in the 12th inning scored sophomore Nate Holland from third to give the Louisville baseball team a 5-4 comeback win over Ball State on Wednesday night at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Holland, who had entered the game earlier in the inning as a pinch runner for sophomore Phil Wunderlich after he led off the inning with a walk, moved to third base after Ball State closer Morgan Coombs made an errant pick-off throw to first base setting the stage for Lowrey. The Weston, Fla., native, pinch hitting for catcher Jeff Arnold, fell behind in the count but connected on a 2-2 pitch to right field for to clinch the Cards' 12th come-from-behind win of the season.
Sophomore Bob Revesz got the win for the Cards with 0.2 innings of perfect relief to improve to 2-0 on the season, while Coombs took the loss with one run allowed on no hits in 2.1 innings of relief to fall to 2-2.
Louisville (18-8) opened the scoring in the first inning as sophomore outfielder Josh Richmond reached base on a throwing error by third baseman Tim Issler, moved to second on a single to center by junior second baseman Adam Duvall, advanced to third on a flyout to right by junior first baseman Andrew Clark and then scored on a RBI groundout by junior third baseman Chris Dominguez.
U of L added another run in the second as Arnold walked, moved to third on a single through the right side by senior shortstop John Dao and scored a sacrifice fly to right field by freshman Tony Zych for a 2-0 advantage.
Ball State (12-12) came back in the third inning to take its first lead of the game with four runs on five hits, including four doubles. Shortstop T. J. Baumet led off with a double to left center, moved to third on a groundout by Issler and then scored on single through the left side by centerfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker to make it 2-1. After Hazelbaker stole second, he then scored on a double to left field by second baseman Nate Fields off Louisville freshman starter Keith Landers
to tie the score at 2-2.
After Landers was replaced on the mound by freshman Derek Self, designated hitter Kolbrin Vitek doubled to left field to score Fields and then he scored on a double to left by catcher Zach Dygert for a 4-2 Ball State advantage.
Louisville came back for another run in the home half of the third as Duvall led off with a double down the left field line, moved to third on a fielder's choice off the bat of Wunderlich and scored on a bases loaded walk to freshman Ryan Wright to make it 4-3 Ball State.
Continuing the string of one-run innings, Louisville tied the score at 4-4 in the fourth as Richmond walked off Ball State reliever Scott Brothers Jr., moved to second on a walk to Duvall and then scored on a RBI single through the right side by Clark.
In the fifth inning, Ball State's first two batters reached base off Louisville reliever Mike Nastold as Hazelbaker singled through the right side and Fields walked to set the stage for the first ever triple play at Jim Patterson Stadium. Vitek followed with a line drive out to Duvall, who made the catch on the run, stepped on second base to get Hazelbaker and made the throw to first to get Fields and end the inning.
After the early runs, the game turned into a pitcher's dual with seven consecutive scoreless innings for both squads until the Cards' pushed through for the winning run in the 12th.
Landers made his collegiate debut on Wednesday allowing two earned runs on three hits in 2.1 innings. The Worcester, Mass., native debuted by striking out the side in order in the first inning to become the first Louisville freshman pitcher to strike out the side in order in his debut since Blake Williams accomplished the feat against Georgia on March 12, 2005.
Another freshman, Mike Nastold, was also very impressive on Wednesday as the Cincinnati native allowed only two hits and no runs in 5.1 innings of relief to lead a strong night for the Louisville bullpen. The Cards' relief staff allowed only one run on six hits in 9.2 innings of work against Ball State.
At the plate, the Cards were led by Duvall's 3-for-5 effort with a run scored and a Dao's 2-for-5 day. And even though he did not have a hit, Richmond scored a pair of runs in the game.
Up next, the Cards will return to the road this weekend for a BIG EAST series at Cincinnati. Friday's game with the Bearcats is set for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday's game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday's finale with UC is set for 2 p.m. ET, and will be televised nationally by ESPNU.
- With the win over Ball State, Louisville improved to 16-2 at Jim Patterson Stadium this season and 6-0 on Wednesday. The Cards' next Wednesday game is scheduled for April 22 at home against Vanderbilt.
- Freshman closer Tony Zych continued his impressive season with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to run his scoreless inning streak to 10.2 innings without allowing a run to score. After entering Wednesday's game in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and only one out, the Chicago native got forced Tim Issler into a shallow flyout to right and struck out Ball State's top hitter Jeremy Hazelbaker, who entered the game batting .443, to end the threat.
- After his appearance on Wednesday, senior lefty Gavin Logsdon now has 83 career appearances on the mound in the Cardinal uniform, which ranks third all-time at U of L. The Caneyville, Ky., native is 13 appearances behind No. 2 on that list, Griffin Bailey (2003-06) with 96, while Brian Halford (2003-06) is the leader with 97.
- The crowd of 1,788 is the second largest of the season for the Cards' at Jim Patterson Stadium.