April 9, 2011
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Sophomore Kyle Grieshaber's pinch hit, two-run single in the eighth inning was the difference as the No. 25 Louisville baseball team earned a 5-3 series clinching win over Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium.
With the win, the Cardinals improved to 20-10 overall and 6-2 in BIG EAST action, while the Bearcats dropped to 14-14 on the season and 3-5 in league games \with the loss. The series will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m., ET.
With the score tied at 3-3 and one out in the top of the eighth inning, Grieshaber (Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette HS) sent the first pitch he saw from UC reliever Matt Ring into right field to score freshman outfielder Cole Sturgeon (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) and freshman third baseman Ty Young (Coatesville, Pa./Malvern Prep) for the game-winning hit. The inning started with Sturgeon earning a leadoff walk and continued with a single to left by Young. After both Sturgeon and Young advanced one base on a deep fly ball to right center by junior second baseman Ryan Wright (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead HS), the Bearcats loaded the bases with an intentional walk of junior outfielder Stewart Ijames (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) to set the stage for Grieshaber.
After the late heroics at the plate, the Louisville pitching staff made the lead stand as junior right-hander Travis Tingle (Louisville, Ky./Butler HS) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning and junior righty Tony Zych (Monee, Ill./St. Rita HS) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close it out. Tingle pitched 1.1 innings of perfect relief with three strikeouts to earn his first win as a Cardinal and improve to 1-0 on the season, while Zych earned his second save of the series and his BIG EAST leading ninth of the season.
At the plate, sophomore first baseman Zak Wasserman
(Stevensville, Mich./Lakeshore HS) finished 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored, while Ijames was 1-for-2 with his team-leading seventh home run of the season and two walks. On the mound for Louisville, sophomore right-hander Justin Amlung
(Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier HS) allowed two earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts in 6.2 innings for the no-decision.
After Cincinnati opened the scoring with an unearned run in bottom of the first inning against Amlung, Louisville answered back to even the score at 1-1 as Ijames hammered a 2-2 pitch from Andrew Strenge over the wall in right field for the solo home run.
The Bearcats regained the lead in the bottom of the second inning on a two-out, RBI single through the right side by catcher Nick Rohlfs to plate second baseman Sam Vandenheuvel. The Cardinals responded with a run in the top of the third to tie the score at 2-2 as Wasserman scored from third on an RBI sacrifice fly to left field by freshman centerfielder Adam Engel (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland HS). Wasserman led off the inning with a double to right center and moved to third on a wild pitch by Strenge to set up the scoring chance.
UC came back to regain the lead once again with a run in the bottom of the third inning as shortstop Chris Peters scored from third on an RBI single to right center by rightfielder Justin Riddell for the 3-2 advantage. Peters led off the inning with a single to center, moved to second after centerfielder Jake Proctor was hit by a pitch and advanced to third when designated hitter Justin Glass grounded into a double play.
After three scoreless innings, Louisville tied the score for the third time in the game on a two-out, RBI single to right center by Wasserman to plate freshman designated hitter Ryan Seiz (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock HS) to make it 3-3. Seiz reached base earlier in the inning on a one-out single through the right side and moved to second on a wild pitch by Strenge to create the scoring opportunity.
Ring took the loss for the Bearcats and dropped to 1-2 on the season after allowing two runs on two hits with three walks in 1.1 innings of relief. Strenge finished with the no-decision after allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings.
Saturday's game was delayed 29 minutes due to heavy rain.
- With Saturday's win, Louisville improved to 87-79 in the all-time series with Cincinnati. The Cardinals have won eight of the last nine overall against the Bearcats.
- Travis Tingle, who earned the win in Saturday's game, entered the game in the seventh inning with the score tied at 3-3 and runners at first and second for Cincinnati. Tingle ended the Bearcat scoring threat by striking out cleanup hitter Justin Riddell, and Louisville followed that by scoring the final two runs of the game in the following inning.
- Louisville improved to 6-8 this season when its opponent scores first. The Cardinals also improved to 19-1 when leading entering the ninth inning.
- With his eighth inning walk, freshman Cole Sturgeon has now reached base safely in 11 straight games, which is tied for the second longest such streak of the season for a Cardinal.
- The Cardinals remained in second place in the BIG EAST Conference standings with Saturday's win, just one game behind first-place Connecticut.