April 3, 2009
CINCINNATI, Ohio -
Junior second baseman Adam Duvall went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, while junior lefty Justin Marks picked up his 22nd career win as the Louisville baseball team rolled to a 13-3 BIG EAST Conference win over Cincinnati on Friday night at Marge Schott Stadium.
Duvall, a Louisville native, started the scoring for the Cardinals (19-8, 4-3 BIG EAST) in the third inning with a two-run homer, his third home run this season, and added a two-run double in Louisville's seven-run fourth inning to give Marks more than enough run-support. Marks, from Owensboro, Ky., allowed only three runs on five hits with nine strikeouts in 6.0 innings to improve to 4-2 on the season and move into a tie for first place on the Cards' all-time win list with Brian Bentley (1997-2000). The All-American is now 22-6 in his career at Louisville with 233 strikeouts in 237.2 innings with an ERA of only 2.69.
Along with Duvall's impressive night, the Cardinals also got strong performances at the plate from numerous players including Chris Dominguez, Andrew Clark, Josh Richmond, Jeff Arnold and John Dao. Dominguez was 3-for-5 with three RBI, two runs scored and his eighth home run of the season, while Clark was 2-for-6 with three RBI, two runs and his fourth home run of the year. Richmond was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Arnold was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run and Dao was 2-for-5 with one RBI.
Cincinnati (13-13, 2-5 BIG EAST) opened the scoring with two runs on two hits in the second inning as third baseman Mike Spina singled and scored on a groundout by shortstop Chris Peters, while leftfielder Justin Riddell walked and scored on a single to right by designated hitter Beach Brooks for a 2-0 advantage.
The Cardinals answered back in the third to take their first lead of the night as Duvall and Clark hammered back-to-back home runs for a 3-2 lead. After Richmond led off the inning with a walk from UC starter Brian Garman, Duvall connected for an opposite field home run over the right field wall to tie the game. Clark followed two pitches later for his blast off the scoreboard in right center to give the Cards back-to-back home runs for the first time since Dominguez and Phil Wunderlich went back-to-back on March 6 against Milwaukee.
The Bearcats responded for one run in the home half of the third to tie the game at 3-3 as rightfielder Cameron Satterwhite walked and scored on a single through the right side by Riddell. But that was the last time the Bearcats would be within striking distance as the Cardinals came back with their seven-run fourth inning to put the game out of reach.
Each of Louisville's first seven hitters reached base and scored in the fourth inning to chase Garman, who took the loss for UC after allowing 10 runs on 12 hits in 3.2 innings to fall to 3-3 on the season. Arnold started the hit parade in the fourth with a double down the left field line, the first of two hits in the inning for the junior catcher. He was followed by a walk to sophomore Drew Haynes and infield single by Richmond to load the bases. Duvall followed with his two-run double to score Arnold and Haynes to make it 5-3 Louisville.
Clark then followed with a double down the right field line to score Richmond and Duvall for a 7-3 advantage. After Dominguez was intentionally walked, Wunderlich singled to left center to load the bases. Wright followed with a single through the left side to score Clark for an 8-3 lead, while Dominguez scored on a 6-4 fielder's choice off the bat of Dao to make it 9-3. Arnold followed with a single up the middle to score Dominguez to make it 10-3 and close the Cards' biggest run-scoring inning of the season.
An inning later, Louisville added to its lead as Haynes and Duvall were each walked by Cincinnati reliever Dan Glozer, who then gave up a three-run bomb over the left field wall by Dominguez for the final 13-3 margin.
After departing following the sixth inning, Marks was replaced on the mound for the Cards by sophomore Neil Holland, who pitched 3.0 innings of scoreless relief scattering three hits with five strikeouts for his best outing of the season.
The Cards will continue their series with the Bearcats on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, while Sunday's finale with UC is set for 2 p.m. ET, and will be televised nationally by ESPNU. Following this weekend's series, Louisville will return home for a five-game homestand starting on Tuesday at 6 p.m., against Indiana.
- With Friday's win, the Cardinals have now won four straight overall against the Bearcats and Louisville leads the all-time series with UC, which dates back to 1924, 83-78.
- Along with moving into a tie for first on the Cards' all-time win list, junior left Justin Marks also ranks second all-time in strikeouts with 233, just 12 behind Brian Bentley's 243.
- After trailing 2-0 after the second inning, the Cardinals came back for the victory and their 13th come-from-behind win so far this season.