April 25, 2014
Sophomore Kyle Funkhouser had seven strikeouts while earning his eighth win of the season on Friday night against UConn.
LOUISVILLE Ky. - Junior first baseman Grant Kay belted his fourth home run of the season, while junior righty Nick Burdi closed the night with a game-ending strikeout on a 101 mph fastball as the No. 12 Louisville baseball team earned a 2-0 series-opening win over Connecticut on Friday at Jim Patterson Stadium.
After five dominant innings on the mound from both starting pitchers, Kay (Omaha, Neb.) sent a 2-1 offering from Connecticut's Anthony Marzi over the left field wall in the sixth inning to give Louisville (31-11, 9-4 American) the 1-0 lead. An inning later, freshman catcher Will Smith (Louisville, Ky.) added a RBI single in the seventh to score sophomore Danny Rosenbaum (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) for the two-run cushion.
Burdi (Downers Grove, Ill.) had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning, including a Jim Patterson Stadium record-setting fastball to get a swing and miss from UConn (21-20, 5-7 American) outfielder Blake Davey to end the game. Burdi, the only player to ever register a pitch at 100 mph at the Cardinals' home ballpark, earned his 10th save of the season and the 26th of his collegiate career extending his school record setting total.
Sophomore righty Kyle Funkhouser (Oak Forest, Ill.) earned his 13th career win for Louisville working seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts while scattering five hits to improve to 8-2 on the season. Senior lefty Cole Sturgeon (Owensboro, Ky.) bridged the gap on the mound between Funkhouser and Burdi with a scoreless inning of relief in the eighth as the Cardinals earned their fifth shutout win of the season.
Smith finished 2-for-3 at the plate to go with his RBI, while Rosenbaum doubled before scoring the second run of the game and was 2-for-3 overall. Marzi took the loss for the Huskies and dropped to 4-5 on the season after allowing two runs on six hits in six innings of work.
The Cardinals and Huskies will continue their series on Saturday at 1 p.m., ET at Patterson Stadium before concluding the weekend on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Louisville Postgame Notes
- Dating back to 2012, Louisville has won 83 straight games when entering the ninth inning with a lead and is 28-0 this season when leading after the eighth inning.
- Louisville improved to 23-6 at home this season and 237-81 (.745 winning percentage) all-time at Jim Patterson Stadium since its opening in April 2005.
- The Cardinals have held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in 24 of 42 games this season, including each of the last four.
- Finishing with an 8-6 edge in the hit column on Friday, Louisville improved to 24-2 this season when out-hitting its opponent.
- The Cardinals improved to 12-2 this season when not committing an error defensively.
- Kyle Funkhouser has not allowed an earned run in the last 18.2 innings pitched dating back to the first inning of his win at Houston on April 11.
- Along with improving to 8-2 on the season on Friday, Funkhouser lowered his ERA 2.26 on the season and he has 65 strikeouts in his 71.2 innings pitched.
- Nick Burdi has not allowed an earned run this season and has worked 26.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. The last earned run allowed by Burdi came against UConn on May 22, 2013 in the opening round of the Big East Championship.
- The fourth home run of the season for Grant Kay, Friday's shot to left field was his first since March 26 at Western Kentucky.