April 2, 2010
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Junior lefty Dean Kiekhefer pitched a five-hit, complete game shutout to lead the No. 7 Louisville baseball team to a 7-0 series-clinching win over BIG EAST Conference foe Villanova in front of a regular season school record crowd of 3,707 on Friday night at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The Cardinals and Wildcats will conclude their series on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium and admission is free. With Friday's win, Louisville pushed its record to 23-3 overall and 4-1 in BIG EAST games and improved its series record to 6-0 this season. Louisville has won nine straight regular season series overall dating back to last season. Villanova dropped to 17-6 overall and 2-3 in BIG EAST action with its third straight loss overall.
Kiekhefer (Louisville, Ky./Oldham County HS) was outstanding in his seventh start of the season scattering five hits with five strikeouts for his first career complete game shutout. His previous longest outing came on May 15, 2009 when he allowed only two runs on six hits in 8.0+ innings in the Cardinals' 4-3 win over USF. The complete game shutout was the first for a Louisville pitcher since Thomas Royse had a one-hit complete game in the Cardinals' 1-0 win over Pittsburgh on April 11, 2009.
At the plate, Louisville was led by senior second baseman Adam Duvall (Louisville, Ky./Butler HS), who went 4-for-5 with two home runs to take his season total to eight, while senior first baseman Andrew Clark finished 2-for-5 with his sixth home run of the season and two runs scored to continue his recent roll at the plate. In his six games since returning from a stress fracture in his rib cage, Clark is hitting .458 with four home runs and 12 RBI.
For Villanova, lefty starter Kyle Helisek took the loss after allowing seven runs, including six earned, on 10 hits in 5.2 innings to fall to 3-2 overall. At the plate, no Wildcat player had more than one hit against Kiekhefer and David Koczirka's fourth inning double was their only extra-base hit in the game.
Following a scoreless first inning, the Cardinals opened the scoring in the second as senior catcher Jeff Arnold (Louisville, Ky./Male HS) was hit by a pitch from Helisek, moved to second on a single by redshirt sophomore outfielder Stewart Ijames (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) and then scored on an RBI single to left by freshman Cade Stallings (Knoxville, Tenn./Farragut HS) for a 1-0 advantage.
An inning later, Louisville erupted for four more runs on three hits and one Villanova error to take a 5-0 lead after three innings. Duvall started the scoring with his first home run of the game, a solo shot to left center to lead off the inning. After Clark followed with a single, sophomore second baseman Ryan Wright (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead HS) reached with a walk and Arnold was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Ijames followed with a two-run single to center to score Clark and Wright. Moments later Arnold scored the final run of the inning on an error by Wildcats' second baseman Tyler Sciacca.
The Cardinals added two more runs in the sixth inning as Duvall and Clark hammered back-to-back solo home runs off Helisek for a 7-0 lead and the final margin. It marked the fourth time this season Louisville players have hit back-to-back home runs in a game.
- With Friday's win, Louisville improved to 13-2 all-time against Villanova and extended its winning streak against the Wildcats to six straight.
- With Friday night's crowd of 3,707, Louisville has surpassed the 2,000 mark in eight games this season and is averaging 1,893 fans in 18 home games this season at Jim Patterson Stadium.
- The 3,707 fans on Friday night surpassed the previous school record regular season crowd at Jim Patterson Stadium of 3,663 set on May 15, 2009 in the Cardinals' BIG EAST Conference regular season title clinching win over USF. Friday night's crowd is also the sixth largest overall for a Louisville baseball game.
- Friday night's game was the sixth time this season the Cardinals have had a player hit multiple home runs in a game and it was the third time Adam Duvall has accomplished the feat in 2010.