April 21, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Powered by Chris Dominguez's two-run homer in the ninth inning and Phil Wunderlich's career-high six RBI, the Louisville baseball team overcame a five-run deficit for a 10-8 win over Indiana on a cool and rainy Tuesday afternoon at Sembower Field.
With the game tied at 8-8 and junior first baseman Andrew Clark on first base after a four-pitch walk to lead off the ninth inning, Dominguez hammered the first pitch he saw from Indiana reliever Chris Squires over the fence in left center for his team-leading 10th home run of the season. The home run capped a 3-for-4, three-RBI day for the junior All-American third baseman.
The heroics by Dominguez followed another great day at the plate for Wunderlich, who finished 3-for-5, including his ninth home run of the season and the career-best six RBI. The performance for the Chicago native came exactly two weeks after he suffered a broken nose and fractured orbital after being hit in the face in the eighth inning of the Cards' 15-1 win over Indiana on April 7 in Louisville.
Freshman closer Tony Zych recorded the final four outs of the game for Louisville to improve to 3-1 on the season and drop his ERA to just 1.21 in 22.1 innings, while Squires took the loss for the Hoosiers to fall to 1-2 overall.
The come-from-behind win is the 18th this season for Louisville, which improved to 28-10 overall. The Cardinals have won four straight overall and improved to 11-2 in the month of April.
Louisville started the game quickly as Wunderlich followed a two-out walk to junior first baseman Andrew Clark and infield single by Dominguez with three-run blast to right field off IU starter Joey O'Gara for a 3-0 Cards' lead after one. However, the lead was short-lived as the Hoosiers (18-19) came back with six runs on four hits in the second inning for a 6-3 advantage.
Rightfielder Chris Hervey started the scoring with a bunt single off Louisville righty starter Matt Lea
to score centerfielder Evan Crawford from third and first baseman Jerrud Sabourin followed with an RBI single to left field to score third baseman Vince Gonzalez. Catcher Josh Phegley followed with a two-run double to right center to score Hervey and Sabourin and the Hoosiers' first lead at 4-3.
After Lea was replaced on the mound by sophomore righty Neil Holland, second baseman Tyler Rogers doubled down the left field line to score Phegley and leftfielder Kipp Schutz to close the inning.
IU added to its lead in the third inning as Sabourin sinlged to right field to score Hervey and the Hoosiers added another run in the fourth inning as Crawford's infield single scored designated hitter Alex Dickerson from third for an 8-3 Indiana lead after four innings.
Louisville started its comeback in the sixth inning as Dominguez was hit by a pitch from O'Gara, moved to second on a wild pitch and then scored on an RBI single to right field by Wunderlich. Freshman Ryan Wright followed with an RBI double to right center to score Wunderlich to make it 8-5.
The Cardinals then tied the game in the seventh inning with three runs on four hits. With Matt Carr now pitching for the Hoosiers, sophomore Josh Richmond led off with an infield single and advanced to second on a single to left center by Clark. Dominguez then delivered a single through the left side to score Richmond to make it 8-6. After Carr was replaced on the mound by Squires, Clark moved to third and Dominguez to second on a wild pitch. Wunderlich then singled to right center to score both Louisville baserunners and tie the game at 8-8.
Following a scoreless eighth inning, the stage was set for the Cards' final two runs in the ninth on the Dominguez home run.
With the Cards' trailing 8-3, freshman reliever Derek Self entered the game in the fifth inning and gave Louisville 3.0 innings of scoreless relief allowing only one hit. Senior Gavin Logsdon recorded the first two outs of the eighth inning and was replaced by Zych for the final four outs.
Up next, the Cardinals return home to host Vanderbilt on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium in the first of four straight at home. Following the game with Vanderbilt, Louisville will host a three-game series with BIG EAST foe Notre Dame starting Friday at 6 p.m.