April 11, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Nate Holland's RBI single in the 10th inning capped the Louisville baseball team's 3-2 comeback win over Pittsburgh and clinched a BIG EAST series sweep over the Panthers on Saturday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th and junior second baseman Adam Duvall on second base, Holland, a sophomore outfielder from Louisville's Trinity High School, sent the 2-1 pitch from Pittsburgh reliever Nathan Hood through the left side of the infield and into left field to score Duvall for Louisville (24-9, 8-4 BIG EAST), which trailed 2-0 entering the eighth inning. Duvall, who reached base in the 10th with a walk, had moved into scoring position on a balk by Hood to setup the Cards' 16th comeback win of the season and their 20th home victory in 22 games.
"I knew Nate Holland could come through in the clutch and I'm happy he got a second chance to do it after his pop-up in the eighth inning," said Cards' head coach Dan McDonnell. "Mike Nastold was very good today and Bob and Tony did their jobs as well. Overall, it was an excellent weekend on the mound for our team."
With a 1-0 win earlier in the day over the Panthers (17-13, 4-8), Louisville earned its first doubleheader sweep since taking two from Rutgers on May 16, 2008 in Louisville. The three-game sweep of Pitt is the first BIG EAST sweep for the Cards since winning three at Georgetown on May 2-4, 2008.
Trailing 2-0, Louisville broke through in the run column in the eighth inning as junior catcher Jeff Arnold led off with a single to center off Pittsburgh starter David Kaye, moved to second on a walk to senior shortstop John Dao and scored a RBI single through the right side by sophomore outfielder Josh Richmond to cut the Panthers' lead to 2-1.
The Cardinals then tied the game in the ninth as freshman Ryan Wright
earned a one-out walk from Hood, moved to second on his sixth stolen base of the season, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a RBI groundout by senior Alec Lowrey
to send the game to extra innings.
After two scoreless innings of relief on the mound from sophomore lefty Bob Revesz in the eight and ninth, freshman Tony Zych came on for a scoreless 10th inning of relief to earn the win and improve to 2-0 this season. Louisville freshman righty Mike Nastold, making his first career BIG EAST start, allowed only two runs on five hits with four strikeouts in 7.0 innings, while Pitt's Kaye allowed one run on five hits in 7.1 innings in his start. Hood took the loss for the Panthers after allowing two runs on two hits in 2.0 innings of relief.
At the plate, Richmond finished the day 2-for-5 with one RBI, while Arnold was 2-for-2 to take his average to a season-high .307.
The Panthers opened the scoring in the first as second baseman Chris Sedon led off the game with his 10th home run of the season off Louisville starter Mike Nastold for an early 1-0 lead. Pitt then made it 2-0 in the second as centerfielder Manoli Pahoulis doubled to left center and scored on a RBI single to center by Sedon.
Louisville will conclude its five-game homestand at Jim Patterson Stadium on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET, against Kentucky.
- In their three-game sweep of the Panthers, the Cardinals were extremely impressive on the mound allowing only five runs and 15 hits in the 27 innings.
- General admission tickets for Tuesday's Louisville-Kentucky baseball game at Jim Patterson Stadium are still available through the U of L ticket office for only $5. Tickets can be purchased at the U of L Ticket Office in the Student Activities Center on South Floyd St., or at the stadium starting at 4 p.m., ET on Tuesday prior to the game.
- Reserved seats for the annual Cardinals-Wildcats clash on the baseball diamond at Jim Patterson Stadium are sold out.