After Kentucky's two first-inning tallies, Louisville has now been outscored 28-8 in the opening frame this season. Of the 109 runs U of L has allowed to cross the plate in 2011, 59 have come in the first three innings. From the fifth inning on, however, the Cards are outplating their opponents 97-38.
Louisville has allowed a first-inning run in nine of its 12 losses this season.
The Cards drop to 6-10 this season when the opponent scores first (14-2 when Louisville gets on the board first), 10-10 against right-handed starters (10-2 versus lefties), and 12-11 when committing at least one error (8-1 when going error-free).
UK now leads the all-time series 57-32-1. Neither team has won consecutive games in the series since the Wildcats took a pair from the Cards in 2006--a win for Louisville at Kentucky on April 26 would make it five consecutive season splits for the two squads.
Kentucky snapped a three-game winning streak with the triumph, emerging victorious for only the third time in its last 12 games.
Now five of the last seven meetings between U of L and UK have been decided by a single run. Kentucky has taken three of those five matchups.
U of L dropped its seventh home game of 2011, a total already surpassing that of last season (six). The Cards have not lost more than seven games at Jim Patterson Stadium in one year since 2008 (25-10).
Cardinal pitchers allowed fewer than three earned runs for the 21st time in 32 games this season. Louisville's starting pitchers have combined to give up three earned runs or more in a game just six times all year.
Louisville held its opponent to four runs or fewer for the 27th time this year.
The Cardinals matched a season high by turning three double plays, tied for their most since notching four against Villanova on April 3 of last season.
Louisville Player Notes
Freshman Jeff Thompson yielded a career-high seven hits in the game, just the second time in 11 career outings he has given up more than two. Batters entered the game with an average of .057 (2-for-35) against the righty at Jim Patterson Stadium and .071 (2-for-28) in Thompson's 2011 starts.
Despite the seven hits, Thompson yielded just two runs, both unearned, lowering his ERA in his three career starts to 0.75 (Cardinal opponents have managed six runs total in the three games). He also fanned three to up his strikeout total to 14 in those three outings (12.0 innings) and 25 for the season (22.1 innings).
The seven hits tied for the most allowed by a Cardinal hurler in a game without yielding an earned run since Denny Williams gave up 10 in a complete-game effort against St. Louis on March 24, 2001. Williams suffered a tough-luck loss in that contest, allowing just two unearned runs in a 2-0 defeat.
Louisville pitchers yielding 7+ hits but no earned runs in a game, since 2001
Sophomore Cade Stallings' double over right fielder J.T. Riddle's head in the second inning snapped an 0-for-18 string and gave him his first hit since March 22 against Kent State. He is hitting .295 (23-for-78) outside of conference play this season.
Four of Stallings' last five hits--and seven of his past 12--have gone for extra bases.
Senior Drew Haynes' 40th career steal in the third inning put him in a tie with Rick Siriano (1978-80) for seventh on the Louisville all-time list. Haynes' next theft will place him in a sixth-place tie with Jeff Arnold (2007-10).
Sophomore Ryan Wright struck out for the 11th time (to no walks) in the last nine games on Tuesday.
Wright's seventh inning error was his first in a span of 66 fielding chances dating back to March 18. He has committed just three on the year for a fielding mark of .980.
Junior Travis Tingle fanned a pair of Wildcats in the relief outing, giving him 9 Ks over his last 7.2 innings of work. Tingle has 13 strikeouts and just one walk in 15.0 innings with the Cardinals and 145 strikeouts and 36 walks in 154.0 innings over three seasons at the college level (including two years at Cleveland State C.C.).
Freshman Cole Sturgeon reached base safely for the 12th time in his last 13 games, drawing a free pass in the third. He also made his 10th consecutive start as the leadoff batter.
Junior reliever Derek Self allowed one run or fewer for the 18th consecutive relief outing on Tuesday (1.02 ERA over that span), but the one tally he surrendered was a big one, allowing Kentucky to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth and saddling Self with his first career loss.
Self had opened his career with 16 consecutive wins, a school record. The run ended 10 wins shy of the Division I record of 26 straight victories, held by Wake Forest's Kyle Sleeth (2001-03) and BYU's Scott Nielsen (1978, 1982-83).
Consecutive victories, Louisville history
1. 16 - Derek Self (2.27.09-3.29.11)
2. 10 - Scott Reburn (3.3.84-4.25.84)
Self has eight strikeouts and no walks over his last 7.1 innings, having gone 9.2 frames since issuing his last free pass.
Junior Stewart Ijames notched a pair of hits and an RBI in the game, reaching base at least twice for the fourth straight game. Ijames has an on-base percentage of .529 over that span, collecting five hits and four walks in 17 plate appearances.
The two hits came after Ijames went hitless in his first 12 career at bats against the Wildcats.
Freshman Alex Chittenden's game-tying RBI in the seventh inning was his seventh in the past nine games after he recorded six in the season's first 23 contests.
Freshman lefty Cody Ege has not needed much help in retiring all five batters he has faced over his last three outings, doing so on three punchouts and two ground balls back to the mound. Ege needed only two pitches on Tuesday to induce a comebacker from the lefty-hitting Riddle, the only batter he faced.
Senior J.J. Ethel broke out of a 1-for-13 slump with singles in each of his final two at bats on Tuesday. Ethel has gone 6-for-11 (.545) over his last three appearances at home.
Junior closer Tony Zych lowered his ERA to 0.93 over his last 10 outings, covering 9.2 innings.