Louisville Baseball Postgame Notes
No. 19 Louisville 12, Seton Hall 7
April 14, 2012
With Saturday's win, the Cardinals halted a five-game losing skid against the Pirates and extended their lead in the all-time series to 11-7.
Saturday's announced crowd of 2,521 was the second largest of the season for Louisville behind only the 2,873 on Friday night.
With their five runs in the opening frame on Saturday, the Cardinals have a 64-9 scoring advantage in the first inning this season.
Louisville has outscored its opponents 96-26 in the first two innings through the first 35 games this season.
Saturday marked just the fifth time this season the Cardinals have been scored upon in the first inning.
The Cardinals improved to 25-0 this season when leading after the seventh inning.
Louisville is 15-5 this season when scoring in the first inning.
Saturday marked the second time this season the Cardinals have scored at least five runs in an inning twice in the same game with first coming on March 20 against Ohio State.
Overall, Louisville has scored five or more runs in an inning 12 times this season.
With their 12-run output on Saturday, the Cardinals have reached double-figures in scoring 11 times this season.
With two stolen bases on Saturday, the Cardinals are 60-for-73 as a team this season.
Saturday marked just the second win of the season for the Cardinals when being out-hit (2-4 overall).
Saturday's game lasted 3 hours, 38 minutes, the Cardinals' longest of the season surpassing Tuesday's 3 hour, 34-minute game at Kentucky.
Sophomore Jeff Gardner matched career-highs with his four hits and three runs scored on Saturday.
Gardner also halted a stretch of 12 games without an extra-base hit in impressive fashion finishing with a home run and two doubles.
Sophomore Adam Engel had a pair of stolen bases on Saturday, both in the first inning, and leads the Cardinals with 27 swipes on 28 attempts overall.
Despite a slow start on Saturday, sophomore righty Jeff Thompson won his second straight start and improved to 7-1 on the season to lead the Cardinals in wins.
With three RBI on Saturday, sophomore Ty Young has eight multiple RBI games this season, good for second on the team.
Junior Nick Ratajczak was hit twice on Saturday and leads the Cardinals with 16 HBPs this season, which is tied for seventh on their single season list with Phil Wunderlich (2010) and J.T. LaFountain (2003).
After Saturday's action, Louisville sits in a three-way tie for second in the BIG EAST Conference standings with St. John's and Connecticut at 8-3. USF leads the BIG EAST with a 9-2 league mark.