April 3, 2012
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Louisville has an 18-4 record this season at Jim Patterson Stadium and is 173-65 (.726) all-time in the ballpark, which opened in April 2005.
The two runs in the first inning for WKU on Tuesday equaled the most runs scored by a Louisville opponent in the opening inning this season.
Tuesday marked just the second time this season and the first at home Louisville has trailed after the first inning. The first came on March 9 when the Cards trailed Oral Roberts 2-0 after one inning before earning a 7-3 win.
After Tuesday's action, the Cardinals hold a 54-7 scoring advantage in the first inning this season and an 80-21 advantage in the first two innings.
Louisville is 3-1 this season when its opponents score in the first inning.
After allowing three hits in the first inning on Tuesday, the Cardinals held WKU without a hit during the final eight innings of the game.
The Cardinals are 10-1 this season against left-handed starting pitchers.
The Cardinals improved to 21-0 this season when leading after the seventh inning.
As a team, the Cardinals are 52-of-63 on stolen bases this season, while their opponents are just 18-of-29.
Through Tuesday's game, the Cardinals have scored seven or more runs 16 times in the first 29 games, while in 2011, they did it just 15 times overall.
In the last nine games, Louisville's bullpen has allowed just one earned run in 27.2 innings pitched for a microscopic 0.33 ERA. They also have 33 strikeouts in that stretch.
Senior Stewart Ijames hit his team-leading ninth home run of the season and the 42nd of his career, which places him in sole possession of ninth place on the Cardinals' career home run list.
With his four RBI on Tuesday night, Ijames earned his team-leading 11th multiple RBI performance of the season.
With his 5.1 innings of work on Tuesday, freshman righty Jared Ruxer has pitched at least five innings in each of his five starts this season.
In his five starts this season, Ruxer is 4-0 with a 1.61 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 28.0 innings pitched.
With his swipe of second base in the fourth inning, sophomore Adam Engel is 21-for-22 on stolen bases this season.
Junior Zak Wasserman connected for his fifth home run of the season and his third while coming off the bench as a non-starter. It was also the sixth home run of his career.
For Tuesday's Cancer Awareness Night pregame ceremonies, members of the Louisville and WKU baseball families directly impacted by cancer teamed for the ceremonial first pitch. Those individuals included Jim Wasserman, father of Louisville first baseman Zak Wasserman, Jana Gibson, mother of Louisville catcher Kyle Gibson, Britt Glass, father of Louisville student manager Jon Glass and Shelly Myers, wife of WKU head coach Matt Myers.
Tuesday's game was played in front of an announced crowd of 2,230, the largest crowd of the season for a Louisville home game.