April 1, 2011
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 23rd-ranked Louisville baseball team lost 9-2 to visiting West Virginia in Friday night's BIG EAST Conference series opener at Jim Patterson Stadium.
With the loss, the Cardinals dropped to 16-9 overall and 2-2 in BIG EAST games, while the Mountaineers improved to 17-11 on the season and 3-1 in league games with the win. The two teams will continue the weekend series on Saturday at 1 p.m., while Sunday's series finale is set for 1 p.m.
After holding a 2-1 lead after four innings, the Cardinals were out-scored 8-0 in the final five innings to halt their four-game winning streak against the Mountaineers. It also marked West Virginia's first ever road win at Louisville in its fifth attempt.
"We didn't take of advantage of some early chances at the plate, we made too many mistakes defensively and we didn't pitch well enough," said Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell on his post-game radio show. "I told the team after the game that I was going to apologize to our fans for this performance and I want to do that. It's my job to get this team prepared to play and that didn't happen tonight. There are plenty of lessons to be learned from this and we must be better in every facet of the game on Saturday."
Sophomore right-hander Matt Koch (Cherokee, Iowa/Washington HS) suffered the loss for the Cardinals to fall to 3-3 on the season despite allowing only one earned run (five total runs) on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks in 5.1 innings. Relief pitcher Ryan Tezak earned his first win of the season to move to 1-0 after pitching 5.0 shutout innings with only one hit with seven strikeouts. He followed starter Jonathan Jones, who allowed two runs on seven hits in 4.0 innings.
At the plate, Louisville was out-hit 14-8 by WVU. Senior catcher J.J. Ethel (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe HS), junior second baseman Ryan Wright (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead HS) and freshman third baseman Ty Young (Coatesville, Pa./Malvern Prep) finished with two hits each, while freshman designated hitter Ryan Seiz (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock HS) had two RBI on his second home run of the season.
WVU followed a scoreless first inning by taking a 1-0 lead in the second as designated hitter Jeremy Gum led off with a double to right center, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by first baseman Ryan McBroom and later scored on an RBI single down the left field line by left fielder Chris Rasky.
An inning later, Louisville gained the lead as Seiz hammered his second home run of the season, a two-run bomb to left field, to score Wright for a 2-1 advantage. Wright started the scoring chance by leading off the inning with a single to left field off Jones.
After a scoreless fourth inning, WVU moved back in front for good with a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning off Koch. The scoring plays in the inning were an RBI single through the left side by shortstop Grant Buckner and an RBI hit by pitch for Rasky for the 3-2 advantage.
West Virginia followed that with two more unearned runs in the sixth inning on an RBI single by second baseman Dan DiBartolomeo and an RBI sacrifice fly to right field by Buckner. That inning was followed by a three-run seventh for the Mountaineers, which included an RBI double to left center by catcher Matt Malloy, an RBI single by right fielder Brady Wilson and an RBI groundout by third baseman Justin McDavid. McDavid added an RBI single in the ninth inning for the final margin.