Louisville senior Adam Duvall
April 25, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 11th-ranked Louisville baseball team was unable to overcome a slow start and dropped Sunday's series finale to Seton Hall 8-6 on a windy and rainy day at Jim Patterson Stadium.
With Sunday's loss, which ended their eight-game winning streak, the Cardinals fell to 32-7 overall and 11-4 in BIG EAST Conference games, while the visiting Pirates improved to 14-22-1 overall and 4-11 in league games.
At the plate for Louisville, senior Adam Duvall (Louisville, Ky./Butler HS) finished 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored, freshman Kyle Grieshaber (Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette HS) was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run and redshirt sophomore Stewart Ijames (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run.
On the mound, junior righty Gabriel Shaw (Paducah, Ky./St. Mary's HS) took his first loss of the season after allowing four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts in 4.0 innings, while sophomore righty Tony Zych (Monee, Ill./St. Rita HS) was strong again out of the bullpen for the Cardinals with 2.1 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief with six strikeouts.
For the Pirates, starter Jon Prosinski earned the win after allowing two runs on four hits in 5.1 innings to improve to 2-2 on the season, while Benny Mejia came out of the bullpen for 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn his first save of the year. Bobby Abreu led the Seton Hall hitters with a 3-for-4 day at the plate, while four other Pirates had at least two hits.
Seton Hall opened the scoring in the second inning with two runs on three singles and a pair of walks from Shaw, all with two outs. The scoring started with an RBI single to right by Chris Fontenelli to plate Will Walsh, while two batters later, Michael Rogers had an RBI single to right to score Fontenelli for a 2-0 advantage.
The Pirates pushed their lead to 4-0 in the fourth with a pair of runs on three hits. Chris Spagnuolo started the scoring with an RBI groundout to the right side to score Fontenelli for the first run of the inning, while Frank Esposito followed with an RBI triple to center to score Abreu for the second run.
Louisville scored its first run of the game in the fifth inning as Ijames hammered his seventh home run of the season and his second of the weekend, a solo shot to center field, to cut the deficit to 4-1.
The Cardinals made it 4-2 in the sixth inning as senior Jeff Arnold (Louisville, Ky./Male HS) earned a leadoff walk, moved to third on a single up the middle by Duvall and then scored on a wild pitch from Prosinski. Seton Hall answered back in the top of the seventh with four runs on five hits for an 8-2 lead. The Pirates started the scoring with an RBI single to center by Giuseppe Papaccio off reliever Justin Amlung (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier HS), while Walsh continued things with a two-run single up the middle off Cards' lefty Bob Revesz (Grove City, Pa./Grove City HS). The final run of the inning came as Walsh scored from third on a wild pitch from Zych.
Louisville cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the seventh with three runs on three hits. Grieshaber started the scoring with his first career home run, a two-run shot to left center off reliever Matt Singer. Freshman pinch hitter Cade Stallings (Knoxville, Tenn./Farragut HS) followed by hammering a 1-1 pitch from reliever Mike Genovese over the wall in left field for his fourth home run of the season to cut the deficit to 8-5. It marked the sixth time this season and the second time this weekend the Cardinals have hit back-to-back home runs in a game.
The Cards pulled one run closer in the eighth inning as Duvall mashed his 10th home run of the season, a solo shot to center field off Genovese, to narrow the Pirates' lead to 8-6. However, Mejia retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth to earn his first save of the season and clinch the win.
Up next, Louisville will host in-state rival Kentucky for a mid-week showdown on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. For the game, fans are encouraged to park at Papa John's Cardinals Stadium and use the free shuttle service provided by U of L. The shuttle service, which will pickup from Gate No. 4 at PJCS, will begin at 4:45 p.m., and continue until approximately 6:30 p.m. The shuttle will be available as needed during the game and will continue until 30 minutes after the completion of the game.
- With four weeks left in the regular season, Louisville is in third place in the BIG EAST Conference race with an 11-4 record, two games behind first place Connecticut at 13-2.
- By winning two of three against Seton Hall, the Cardinals improved to 8-1 in weekend series this season.
- Sunday's loss was just the third of the season at home for Louisville, which is now 128-46 all-time in the facility since it officially opened on April 15, 2005.
- Despite Sunday's defeat, Louisville holds a 10-3 lead in the all-time series with Seton Hall.