April 25, 2007
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A three-run fourth inning snapped a 4-4 tie and vaulted Kentucky to a 9-5 win over the University of Louisville baseball team Wednesday night.
"We didn't command the strike zone tonight," noted U of L Head Coach Dan McDonnell.
"We gave them too many bases and they took advantage of the opportunities. That's why they are a good offensive club."
Kentucky's Mike Brown drew a leadoff walk in the first and scored on an RBI single by Sawyer Carroll to put the Cats (28-12-1) up 1-0.
Brown and Sawyer Carroll each hit RBI singles in the UK second and Sean Coughlin's sacrifice fly to right made it 4-0 Cats.
Daniel Burton then drilled his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left to cut the lead to 4-3.
Jorge Castillo lined his third home run of the season down the right field line to open the Cardinal fourth inning, tying the game at four.
"Offensively some guys had great at bats, and others made it too easy on their pitching staff," McDonnell added.
The Wildcats recaptured the lead in the fourth on RBI singles by Coughlin, Brian Spear and Ryan Wilkes.
Burton's RBI single in the fifth inning scored Boomer Whiting, who had reached on an error and stolen second, to make it 7-5.
Brown belted a solo home run to right center with one out in the fifth and Coughlin later doubled in his third run of the game, extending the UK advantage to 9-5.
U of L starter James Belanger was chased in the second, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out one in just 1.1 innings.
Gavin Logsdon extended his scoreless inning streak to 11.2 innings with 2.1 frames of hitless baseball, walking one and striking out one.
Chris Dominguez took the hill in the eighth and struck out two
Duran Ferguson started for the Wildcats and worked four innings. He gave up four runs on three hits and two walks to go with five strikeouts.
James Paxton (1-0) followed with 2.0 innings of work and surrendered an unearned run on a hit, striking out one to earn the win. Clint Tilford gave up a hit in the seventh and gave way to Brock Baber who retired the side in order in the eighth. Aaron Lovett allowed a hit in the ninth, but a double play erased it to seal the win.
Burton was 2 for 4 with three RBI to lead the Cardinals, while Johnson extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
Prior to the trip to Lexington the Cardinal Nine and the coaching staff visited patients at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville and delivered autographed baseballs, trading Cards and posters.
The Cards host USF and former Head Coach Lelo ~nbsp>Prado for a three-game set beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium. Admission is free.