April 10, 2011
CINCINNATI, Ohio -
The 25th-ranked Louisville baseball was unable to complete the weekend sweep of Cincinnati as the Cardinals suffered a 5-2 loss in Sunday's series finale at Marge Schott Stadium.
With the loss, the Cardinals dropped to 20-11 overall and 6-3 in BIG EAST action, while the Bearcats improved to 15-14 on the season and 4-5 in league games with the win. Louisville, which has won eight of the last 10 with the Bearcats, opened the weekend with a 7-4 win on Friday and clinched the series with a 5-3 win on Saturday.
After a scoreless first inning, Cincinnati moved out to a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single down the right field line by first baseman Nic Spence to plate leftfielder Braden Kline.
Two innings later the Bearcats pushed their advantage to 4-0 with three runs on four hits off Louisville starter Mike Nastold (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder HS). The first run was plated on an RBI groundout by second baseman Sam Vandenheuvel, while the second run scored on an RBI single up the middle by catcher Nick Rohlfs. The final run of the frame was scored on an RBI single up the middle by shortstop Chris Peters.
Cincinnati added to its lead in the seventh inning as rightfielder Justin Riddell scored on a two-out single through the right side by Spence for the 5-0 advantage. Louisville, which has not been shutout this season, finally broke through against UC righty starter Nick Johnson in the ninth with a pair of runs. Freshman Ryan Seiz (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock HS) connected for an RBI double down the left field line to score senior outfielder Drew Haynes (New Albany, Ind./New Albany HS) for the first run, while Seiz scored moments later on an RBI double down the left field line by sophomore Kyle Grieshaber (Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette HS) for the final run of the game.
Grieshaber led the way on a difficult day for the Cardinals at the plate going 2-for-4 with one RBI. On the mound, Nastold suffered the loss for Louisville and dropped to 3-3 on the season after allowing four runs on six hits in 3.2 innings.
For the Bearcats, Johnson improved to 4-1 on the season after allowing two runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts in the complete-game victory. Spence led the UC offense going 3-for-3 with two RBI in the win.
Up next, Louisville will host rival Kentucky on Tuesday at 6 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.
- With Sunday's loss, Louisville now owns an 87-80 advantage in the all-time series with Cincinnati.
- Louisville dropped to 6-9 this season when its opponent scores first.
- With his 0-for-4 finish at the plate, freshman Cole Sturgeon did not reach base on Sunday and ended his streak at 11 consecutive games, which is tied for the second longest such streak of the season for a Cardinal.
- Despite Sunday's loss, the Cardinals remained in second place in the BIG EAST Conference standings, just one game behind first-place Connecticut, which lost 14-4 at Notre Dame on Sunday.