April 10, 2010
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The sixth-ranked Louisville baseball team suffered a 15-5 loss to host Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon at Trees Field, which guaranteed the first series loss of the season for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals (24-6, 5-3 BIG EAST) and Panthers (22-7, 6-2 BIG EAST) will conclude their weekend series on Sunday at noon ET, at Trees Field. The three-game losing skid is the longest of the season for Louisville and the longest since Feb. 20-22, 2009.
With the game tied at 2-2, Pittsburgh erupted for five runs in the fourth inning, one run in the seventh and seven more runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach. Junior lefty Dean Kiekhefer (Louisville, Ky./Oldham County HS) allowed six earned runs on nine hits in 3.0+ innings to earn the loss and fall to 3-2 overall for the Cardinals, who also committee four errors in the game. Junior Phil Wunderlich (Chicago, Ill./Downers Grove HS) led the Louisville offense going 2-for-4 with his team-leading 11th home run of the season, though the Cardinals were out-hit 20-9 overall.
For Pittsburgh, lefty Matt Iannazzo allowed four runs on nine hits in 7.0+ innings to earn the win and improve to 5-1 overall. At the plate, David Chester was 3-for-5 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored, while Zach Duggan was 4-for-4 with two RBI for the Panthers.
Pittsburgh opened the scoring in the first as Chester hit his first home run of the day, a two-run shot to center field off Kiekhefer, to score Joe Leonard for a 2-0 advantage.
Louisville cut the lead in half in the second inning as redshirt sophomore Stewart Ijames (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) scored on an RBI single to left field by junior outfielder Drew Haynes (New Albany, Ind./New Albany HS), while an inning later, the Cardinals tied the score at 2-2 as Wunderlich mashed an 0-1 pitch from Iannazzo over the wall in right center.
After Pittsburgh added a run in the seventh on an RBI single to center by Smith, the Cardinals cut the deficit to 8-4 with two runs in the top of the eighth. Ijames started the inning by reaching base on an error by Chester at first base, moved to second on a single by freshman Cade Stallings (Knoxville, Tenn./Farragut HS) and then scored on a throwing error by pitcher J.R. Leonardi for the first run. Moments later, freshman Drew Fitzpatrick, pinch running for Stallings, scored on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of freshman Kyle Grieshaber (Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette HS) for the second run of the inning.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they would not get any closer as the Panthers scored seven runs on seven hits and three Louisville errors. U of L added one final run in the ninth for the final margin.