April 5 2005
BOWLING GREEN, KY - The University of Louisville plated two runs in the seventh and one in the ninth to tie the game and scored five in the top of the 12th to defeat Western Kentucky 9-4 on Tuesday night at Nick Denes Field.
Tim Grogan's RBI double scored Matt Ransdell in the bottom of the first to put the Hilltoppers up 1-0.
Western (10-17) added another run in the second on an RBI single by Eric Scriven and a solo home run by Jordan Newton in the third gave the home team a 3-0 advantage.
The Cards (15-10) picked up a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Curt Stewart, that scored J.T. LaFountain, cutting the lead to 3-1 Toppers.
In the Cardinal seventh, Daniel Burton walked to lead off, and Derrick Alfonso single to put runners at first and second with two out. Chris Cates and Boomer Whiting had back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game at three.
Casey Hamilton singled home Marcus Ross in the bottom of the eighth to give the Toppers a 4-3 lead, but a Cates single and walks to Whiting and LaFountain loaded the bases for pinch hitter Logan Johnson, who was hit by a pitch to push across the tying run.
The 12th opened with a one-out double to right center by Stewart. Jorge Castillo singled to put runners at the corners, and Alfonso, playing in his hometown, laced an RBI single up the middle to plate the go-ahead run.
Cates walked to load the bases and Whiting was hit by a pitch to push across the sixth run. A walk to Haley and a wild pitch plated two more and LaFountain's sac fly to right closed the scoring.
Brian Halford (1-1), the fourth Cardinal pitcher on the evening tossed four innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits and two walks to earn the win. Skylar Meade started for the Cards and was touched for two runs in four hits and a walk in two innings.
Meade was followed by Mike Lynn who surrendered a run on three hits and a walk, while fanning one in two innings.
Justin Valdes logged three innings of two-hit, shutout ball, striking out three to get the ball into Halford's hands. Griffin Bailey put the side down in order in the bottom of the 12th to seal the win.
WKU reliever Stephen Muck (0-1) took the loss, giving up five runs on three hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. He was one of six Hilltopper pitchers to take the mound.
Alfonso and Cates each had three hits on the evening, while Stewart and Howes each had two knocks.
The win snapped a season-long four-game losing slide for the Cards. It was the fifth final at bat win for the Cards this season and the 550th career win for U of L Head Coach Lelo Prado.
U of L heads to Houston where they will face the Cougars in a three-game weekend series beginning Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET in Conference USA play.