Junior Mark Jurich homered for the third straight game, helping the Cardinal Nine to an 8-1 win over Xavier Wednesday.
April 16, 2003
CINCINNATI, OHIO - Brian Halford tossed seven strong innings and Mark Jurich homered for the third consecutive game, leading the University of Louisville baseball team to an 8-1 win over Xavier Wednesday afternoon.
Louisville (22-12) loaded the bases on consecutive singles by Boomer Whiting, Josh Bolen and Jurich, and catcher Ron Braun followed with a two-run single for a 2-0 lead. Morgan Bojorquez plated Jurich on a sac fly, extending the lead to 3-0.
Halford (1-0) allowed singles in the first and second, but both were erased on 4-6-3 double plays. He then sat down 14 in order, facing the minimum through six.
In the top of the seventh, Dave Williams Jr. singled, stole second and scored on a single by Bolen. Jurich followed, crushing a 3-1 pitch over the wall in left center for his third home run of the season, and a 6-0 advantage.
The Musketeers (14-17-2) plated an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh, cutting it to 6-1, but U of L picked up an RBI single by Bojorquez and a sac fly from J.T. LaFountain for the final margin in the ninth.
Halford allowed the unearned run on just three hits, striking out one to pick his first career win in his first career start.
Mike Gallagher (1-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing six runs on 10 hits in seven innings, striking out five.
Mike Eilers struck out one and allowed a hit in one inning of relief, while Carlos Fernandez put down all three batters he faced. Skylar Meade and Steve Ayers gave up a hit to only batters they faced.
Williams extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games, and was hit by a pitch in the fifth for the 30th time in his career, tying Adam Haley ('00-'02) for the school record.
The Cards remain on the road, heading to Kannapolis, North Carolina for a weekend series against Charlotte starting Friday at 1:00 p.m.