April 12, 2003
AMELIA, OHIO - Josh Bolen and Mark Jurich combined to drive in 11 runs in the University of Louisville's 17-5 pasting of Cincinnati Saturday. Bolen was 4 for 6 with six RBI and a home run short of the cycle, while Jurich tripled and homered, driving in five.
Catcher Ron Braun drilled a solo home run to right field in the second inning, to give the Cards a 1-0 lead.
Louisville (21-11, 8-6) plated five runs in the third on five hits. Boomer Whiting was hit by a pitch with one out and J.T. LaFountain followed with a walk. A single by Bolen scored Whiting, and Jurich beat a relay to first, preventing a double play and scoring LaFountain for a 3-0 Cardinal lead.
Braun followed Jurich with a single, and Greg Taylor, Ryan McKinnon and Nick Haley each followed with RBI singles to put the Cards up 6-0.
Cincinnati (9-23, 3-11) got on the board in the third on a pair of singles, a sacrifice fly and an error to cut it to 6-2, but the Cards got the run back in the fourth when an RBI triple by Jurich scored Whiting, who had doubled to lead off.
The Bearcats put together a rally in the seventh, scoring three runs on three hits, a hit batter and two walks, but they left the bases loaded to end the inning, cutting the lead to 7-5.
Louisville picked up three runs of their own in the eighth, when three consecutive walks loaded the bases for Bolen, who tripled to right field for a 10-5 advantage.
In the ninth, U of L exploded for seven runs on an RBI double by McKinnon, an error, a two-run single by Bolen and a three-run home run off the scoreboard in right by Jurich.
Cardinal starter Zach Jackson
(6-3) picked up the win, giving up five runs, four earned on 11 hits and three walks, striking out five in 6.2 innings.
Carlos Fernandez tossed 1.1 scoreless frames, allowing one hit and one walk, striking out one, while Brian Halford struck out one, allowing a hit in the ninth to close things out.
Louisville defense turned three double plays on the afternoon, as UC stranded 13 runners. Of the Cards' 15 hits, seven were for extra bases.
UC starter B.J. Borsa (3-5) was the losing pitcher, surrendering six runs on six hits and a walk, striking out four in 2.2 innings. Five other pitchers took the hill for the Bearcats, with four of them giving up runs.
Whiting scored four times, and LaFountain three for the Cards, while Jurich, Braun and Taylor each scored twice.
The teams will meet Sunday at 1:00 p.m. as the Cards look for the series sweep.