April 8, 2003
LOUISVILLE, KY - Ryan McKinnon's RBI single tied the game in the ninth inning and Nick Haley scored the game winner in the 12th as the University of Louisville baseball team edged out Murray State 7-6 Tuesday.
In the first, Dave Williams Jr. reached second base on a throwing error by Thoroughbred third baseman John David Thicke, advanced to second on a bunt dingle by Boomer Whiting and scored on an RBI single by shortstop J.T. Lafountain for a 1-0 Cardinal lead.
Murray State answered in the third when Charlie Ward tripled to lead off and scored on a groundout.
A solo home run by Geoff Kirksey put Murray up 2-1 in the third.
Louisville responded in the fifth on a sac fly by J.T. LaFountain and an RBI double by Morgan Bojorquez to give the Cards a 3-2 lead.
Murray regained the lead with five singles in the sixth, scoring three runs to make it 5-3.
LaFountain singled home another run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to one, but Murray got the run back in the seventh on an RBI single by Kirksey for 6-4 advantage.
It was LaFountain again with two out in the eighth, blasting his third home run of the season into the seats in right center, cutting the lead to 6-5.
In the ninth, down 6-5, Bojorquez doubled to lead off and advanced on a sac bunt by Greg Taylor. The throw to third was late on the play, allowing Taylor to reach on the fielder's choice.
An out later, McKinnon singled to center scoring Bojorquez an tying the game at six. Louisville loaded the bases with one out, but a squeeze attempt by Williams was popped into a double play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 12th, Haley walked to lead off and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Williams. An intentional walk to Whiting sent LaFountain to the plate, and he rolled into a fielder's choice at third. Thicke, trying to turn a double play, sent a throw to second base into right, allowing Haley to score the game winner.
Scott Barber started for the Cards, and gave up a hit and a walk, striking out one in an inning of work.
Chase Cruse followed and surrendered two runs on three hits, fanning two in 4.0 innings. Brian Halford was touched for three runs, four earned, on six hits in one plus innings. The only batter that Skylar Meade faced reached on catcher's interference.
Carlos Fernadez entered with the bases loaded and nobody out in the seventh, and gave up a bloop single to center, striking out three to get out of the jam. The senior, taking the mound for the 64th time in his career is now alone in 8th place at U of L in appearances. He worked 3.2 scoreless frames, allowing three hits and three walks, striking out six.
Zach Jackson (5-3), tossed the final 2.1 innings, giving up a harmless single and striking out one to get the win.
Thoroughbred reliever Gordon Dugan(1-3) took the loss without giving up a hit, walking three and fanning four in three innings.
LaFountain was 3 for 6 with four RBI on the day to lead the Cards. The teams combined for 29 hits and 29 runners stranded on base.
The Cardinal Nine will be on the road for the longest stretch of the season. The Cards will travel to Cincinnati for a three-game set with the Bearcats. Game times have changed, as the teams will play on Midland Field #1 in Amelia, Ohio Friday at 4:30 p.m., Saturday at 11:00 and Sunday at 1:00 pm. Louisville will face Xavier on April 16th, before a three-game series against Charlotte in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Audio broadcasts are available on www.UofLsports.com.