April 10, 2012
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Tuesday marked the Cardinals' first win against a No. 1 ranked team since taking two of three from No. 1 Tulane March 25-26, 2005.
The 12-run win for the Cardinals was their largest margin of victory at Kentucky in series history surpassing the 11-2 win in 2009.
Tuesday marked the Cardinals' first shutout win against UK since a 10-0 win in seven innings in Louisville on April 20, 1982.
Tuesday's triumph was also Louisville's first shutout win against the Wildcats in Lexington since a 6-0 win on April 25, 1934.
Louisville improved to 12-1 this season against left-handed starters.
The Cardinals are 19-3 when scoring first and 14-4 when scoring in the first inning.
Louisville is 24-0 this season when leading after seven innings.
The shutout was the second of the season for Louisville. Both have come in Tuesday night non-conference wins with Jared Ruxer on the mound. The first was a 20-0 win over Ohio State on March 20.
With their three runs in the opening frame on Tuesday night, the Cardinals have a 58-7 scoring advantage in the first inning this season.
Louisville has outscored its opponents 89-22 in the first two innings through the first 33 games this season.
Tuesday marked the first time since 2006 the Cardinals have scored in the first inning against UK in Cliff Hagan Stadium.
With their 17 hits on Tuesday, the Cardinals have finished with 10 or more hits 21 times in 33 games this season.
With 12 runs on Tuesday, Louisville has scored seven or more runs 18 times this season.
The Louisville win halted Kentucky's 21-game non-conference home winning streak.
Ranked second in the nation in batting and fourth in the nation in scoring entering the game, Kentucky was shutout for the first time this season and the four hits matched a season-low for the Wildcats.
The Cardinals' 12 runs and 17 hits were both season highs allowed by Kentucky.
Freshman Jared Ruxer finished with a career-high six strikeouts while his 6.0 innings pitched was the second longest outing of his career.
Prior to departing Louisville for Tuesday's road game, the Cardinals visited Kosair Children's Hospital. It marked the sixth straight season under the direction of coach Dan McDonnell the Cardinals have visited the hospital prior to the road game at UK.