April 1, 2011
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Louisville Team Notes
The loss for Louisville snaps its seven-game win streak in conference home openers. U of L's last defeat in its first league home contest came on March 21, 2003, at the hands of #26 Southern Miss (7-6).
Louisville conference home openers, last eight seasons
L 2-9 - West Virginia (4.1.11)
W 1-0 - Connecticut (3.26.10)
W 8-3 - Georgetown (3.20.09)
W 14-5 - Connecticut (3.20.08)
W 4-3 - West Virginia (3.30.07)
W 2-0 - Rutgers (3.24.06)
W 6-2 - Tulane (3.25.05)
W 11-6 - Cincinnati (3.26.04)
The Cardinals lost for just the fifth time in the past eight years in their first weekend series at home in league play (Louisville is 17-5 during its first home conference series over that span). U of L has not lost its first home series of league play since 2003, when Southern Miss took two of three at Cardinal Stadium.
Louisville's four-game winning streak over West Virginia also came to an end, with WVU defeating the Cards for just the third time in the past 11 meetings. The Cardinals hold a 10-5 cushion in the all-time series.
U of L dropped a game to West Virginia in Louisville for the first time--Louisville entered the contest 4-0 all-time versus WVU at home. The two were playing in Louisville for the first time since April 1, 2007 (six of the last seven meetings took place in Morgantown, W.Va., with the other coming in last year's BIG EAST Tournament).
Louisville scored fewer than 10 runs for the first time in the last four meetings between the squads. The Cards averaged 11.0 runs per game over their last three games against the Mountaineers last year.
U of L suffered its worst loss since a 15-5 defeat at Pittsburgh on April 10 of last year. The seven-run deficit was the Cards' largest at home since a 13-5 loss against Rutgers on May 17, 2008. The 14 hits were the most allowed by Louisville in a conference home game since that day as well.
The Cardinals allowed the opposition to score five runs for the first time in eight games. The seven-game streak allowing four runs or fewer ends as the sixth longest in school history and comes on the heels of Louisville's school-record 11-game streak earlier this year.
Consecutive games allowing four runs or fewer, Louisville history
1. 11 - 6.7.10-3.6.11 (3-3-0-0-3-4-2-1-2-3-0)
2. 9 - 3.16.07-3.30.07 (0-0-1-2-4-1-2-3-3)
2. 9 - 4.23.58-5.9.58 (2-4-4-0-1-1-0-1-0)
4. 8 - 5.5.02-5.16.02 (4-1-3-3-1-1-2-1)
4. 8 - 5.24.60-5.2.61 (3-0-1-0-0-2-1-4)
6. 7 - 3.19.11-3.29.11 (0-4-2-2-2-4-1)
6. 7 - Multiple others
Louisville allowed 5+ runs for just the fourth time this year.
U of L permitted more than two earned runs (four) to cross the plate for only the eighth time this year (Cardinal pitchers had compiled a 1.38 ERA over their last 52.0 innings coming in). Starter Matt Koch did hold West Virginia to a single earned run, the 21st time this year (out of 25) Louisville's starter has yielded two earned runs or less.
Louisville entered the game having allowed just 15 runs this year in innings 5-8, yet the Mountaineers scratched across seven runs in that span on Friday. The team ERA over those innings this season still is just 1.17.
U of L outscored its opponents 76-24 after the fourth inning in the first 24 games this year, but was outscored 8-0 over that period on Friday.
The Cards dropped a game when facing a left-handed starting pitcher for just the second time in 11 tries in 2011.
Louisville falls to 4-8 this year when the opponent scores the first run of the game (the Cardinals are 12-1 when cracking the scoring column first) and 9-8 when making at least one error (7-1 when going errorless).
Freshman Ty Young and junior Ryan Wright each stole bases in the game's first three innings to make it 15 straight successful steal attempts for the Cardinals (this coming after Louisville began the year 9-for-20). The streak ended when senior Drew Haynes and Young were both nabbed trying to steal in the fourth. Louisville's last caught stealing had come on March 15 at USC (J.J. Ethel in the sixth inning).
U of L has now notched at least one steal in six straight games and has stolen three bases in each of the past three contests (season high).
Freshman Ryan Seiz's third-inning circuit clout was U of L's eighth in the last six games. Since returning from California, the Cardinals have out-homered their opponents 8-0. A total of 363 opposing batters have come to the plate since the last dinger against Louisville, a solo shot by USC's Alex Glenn on March 16.
Louisville Player Notes
A two-hit day for Young (five at bats) gives the freshman eight hits in his last 17 at bats (.471 average) over his last seven appearances.
Seiz's screamer of a home run in the third inning was his 11th hit in a span of 25 at bats (.440 average).
Seiz becomes the first Louisville freshman to homer in the conference home opener since Carlos De la Osa did so in pinch-hit fashion on March 16, 2001, in a 12-7 win over Cincinnati. Redshirt freshman Nate Smith also went deep in that game.
Senior J.J. Ethel broke out of 0-for-9 and 2-for-20 slides with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
Haynes played in his 211th career game on Friday, leaving him one appearance shy of tying Darren Oppel (1990-93) for seventh on the Louisville all-time games played list.
Koch allowed just one earned run (five total) in 5.1 innings in the game, the fourth time in five starts he has allowed an earned run or less. He has yielded more than two earned runs only once in his last nine starts (six in the loss to Xavier on March 18).
The loss for Koch was the first of his career in BIG EAST play (now 3-1).
Junior Stewart Ijames walked twice in the game, allowing him to reach base safely for the 13th time in the last 14 games.
Junior Travis Tingle allowed four hits in the game in 1.2 innings pitched--all 17 of the hits he has surrendered this season have come in just four games, covering 8.0 innings. In his other four outings this season, Tingle has held opponents to 0-for-9 hitting.
Sophomore Cade Stallings saw his hitless stretch extend to 14 at bats after an 0-for-3 evening at the plate.
Freshman Cole Sturgeon is batting .381 (8-for-21) with four walks during his current six-game hitting streak. The rookie went 1-for-3 with a walk on Friday.