April 14, 2004
LOUISVILLE, KY - The University of Kentucky topped the University of Louisville in the Battle of the Bluegrass Nines on Wednesday in Louisville 5-1 at Cardinal Stadium.
Kentucky jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third.
Justin Scutchfield singled to open the inning, advanced to second on a sacrifice by Joe Naill and moved to third on a passed ball.
Michael Bertram walked and a wild pitch scored the first run of the ballgame. A single by Spencer Graeter plated Bertram for the early 2-0 lead.
With two away and one on in the fifth, UK cleanup batter Caleb Stewart swung and missed at a pitch in the dirt, but reached first on the wild pitch. A single by Mike Breyman plated Graeter for a 3-0 lead.
An RBI double by Scutchfield and an RBI single by Naill in the ninth tacked on two insurance runs for the Cats(17-15).
The Cards plated their lone run in the ninth on an RBI single by Ron Braun. Louisville loaded the bases in the ninth with two out, putting the tying run at the plate, but Daniel Burton grounded out to first to end the ballgame.
The Cardinals(18-14) stranded 14 runners.
Brian Halford (5-1) lost for the first time after nine straight wins to start his career. He gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in three frames.
He was followed by B.J. Rosenberg who allowed a run on three hits in two innings, striking out three.
Skylar Meade retired the first nine he faced, before giving up a leadoff double to John Shelby in the ninth. Meade gave up a run on a hit, fanning two in three plus innings of work.
Chase Cruse tossed the final inning, surrendering a run on three hits.
Andy Mayette (1-1) tossed two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk to earn the win. He was one of six Cat pitchers who scattered eight hits.
Mark Jurich and Braun each had two hits in the game. Jurich is a hit away from becoming the ninth player in Cardinal history with 200 hits.
The Cards will host Charlotte on Friday at 3:00 p.m. ET as the opener of a three-game weekend series in Conference USA.
Admission and parking to all home games at Cardinal Stadium is free. Radio broadcasts are available on WAVG 1450 AM in Louisville.