Louisville freshman LHP Keith Landers
April 7, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Freshman Ryan Wright and sophomore Josh Richmond accounted for seven of the Cardinals' 16 hits, while freshman lefty Keith Landers picked up his first career win as the Louisville baseball team rolled to 15-1 win over the Indiana Hoosiers on Tuesday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Wright, from Fort Wayne, Ind., went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Richmond, from Cincinnati, Ohio, was 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored as Louisville (21-9) earned its largest margin of victory since a 20-2 win over Oklahoma State on June 10 in the NCAA Super Regional in Louisville.
Landers, a native of Worcester, Mass., making just his second career start, did not allow a run, gave up only three hits and struck out a career-high five in 4.0 innings of work on a predetermined staff day for the Louisville pitchers. The Cardinals also got a strong performance from redshirt sophomore Tyler Mathis, a native of Covington, Tenn., who pitched 3.0 scoreless innings of relief allowing only two hits with one strikeout.
"That was one of our most complete games of the year," said Cardinals' head coach Dan McDonnell. "Keith Landers will only get better and better the more we run him out there and it was great to see Tyler Mathis bounce back with some quality innings. And for us to put up 15 runs and 16 hits today without Chris Dominguez in the lineup says a lot about what our offense is capable of doing."
McDonnell gave Dominguez the day off from the Cards' lineup due to swelling in the junior All-American's left hand after he was hit by a Michael Hill fastball in Sunday's 10-9 loss at Cincinnati. McDonnell said after Tuesday's game that Dominguez is likely to be back in the Cards' starting lineup for Thursday's BIG EAST home game against Pittsburgh.
Louisville jumped on the Hoosiers (12-17) early with a three-run first inning, with all three runs coming with two outs. After a pair of flyouts to right field to open the inning, Clark started the two-out rally with a walk from IU starter Drew Leininger and then scored on sophomore Phil Wunderlich's RBI triple to left to make it 1-0 Cardinals. Wright followed with an RBI single to right to score Wunderlich and make it 2-0, and after Wright moved to second with his fourth stolen base of the season, he scored on a single to left center by Dao to make it 3-0 Louisville after one inning.
The Cardinals continued their onslaught with four more runs in the second inning, highlighted by a three-run home run by Clark. With one out, senior Alec Lowrey singled to center field and scored on a two-out double to left center by sophomore outfielder Josh Richmond to make it 4-0 Louisville. Following a single to left by junior second baseman Adam Duvall, Clark sent a 2-2 pitch over the right field wall for his fifth home run of the season and a 7-0 lead for Louisville.
U of L added to its lead in the fourth with two more runs on three hits and one Hoosier error. Richmond led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second on a walk to Duvall by Hoosiers' reliever Wyatt Hoff. Richmond scored the first run of the inning after moving to third on his third stolen base of the season and then scoring as the throw from IU catcher Dylan Swift sailed over the head of third baseman Josh Phegley and into left field. After moving to third on the throwing error, Duvall scored moments later on an RBI single to center by Clark to make it 9-0 Cardinals after four innings.
Louisville made it 10-0 in the sixth with a two-out, RBI double to left center by Dao to score Wright, who had reached base with an infield single. The Cardinals made it 11-0 in the seventh on the fifth home run of the season by Richmond and then added more on a two-run single to left center by Wright for a 13-0 advantage after seven innings.
Indiana scored its only run of the game in the eighth inning as pinch hitter Kipp Schutz singled to right field off Cards' reliever Derek Self to score Brian Lambert and make it 13-1. However, the Cardinals came back for two more runs in the bottom of the eighth. Pinch hitter Kyle Cheesebrough started things off with a walk from IU reliever Kyle Leiendecker. He moved to second on a walk to sophomore Nate Holland, advanced to third on a single through the left side by freshman Tony Zych and then scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Duvall. Holland advanced to third on the flyball and then scored on a throwing error by Lambert to close the scoring.
The eighth inning also featured a scary moment for the Cardinals as Wunderlich was hit in the face by a 3-2 pitch from Leiendecker. After being down on the ground for several minutes, the Chicago native left the field on his own strength with what was diagnosed as a broken nose. The Cards' second leading hitter, Wunderlich will undergo further testing for any other possible injuries to his face following his ninth HBP of the season.
Leininger took the loss for the Hoosiers after allowing nine runs on nine hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Hoff gave up just one run on three hits in his 2.2 innings of relief, while Leiendecker allowed four earned runs and five total runs on four hits in his 1.2 innings.
Up next, the Cards will continue their five-game homestand on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET, with the first of three games against BIG EAST foe Pittsburgh. Friday's game is also scheduled for 6 p.m., while Saturday's finale is set for 1 p.m.
- With the win over Indiana in the first of five straight at home, Louisville improved to an impressive 17-2 overall at Jim Patterson Stadium this season.
- With Tuesday's win, the Cardinals improved to 21-9 on the season matching the best 30-game record for a Dan McDonnell-coached Louisville squad, matching the 2007 team with that record. That 2007 team went on to win 47 games and earn the program's first ever College World Series appearance.