May 1, 2011
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McDonnell, Flett and Grieshaber Discuss Sunday's Win
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville baseball team erupted for six runs in the seventh inning to overcome a late deficit and earn a 9-4 victory over visiting Georgetown on Sunday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium.
With their third straight win, the Cardinals improved to 25-18 overall and 11-7 in the BIG EAST, while the Hoyas fell to 20-26 on the season and 2-16 in league games with the loss. The series sweep was the third overall and the first of the season in the BIG EAST for Louisville.
Trailing 4-3, the Cardinals scored six runs on four hits against three different Georgetown pitchers in the seventh to turn the game in their favor. The inning started with a walk to junior infielder Ryan Wright (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead HS), who scored moments later when junior outfielder Stewart Ijames (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) hammered the first pitch he saw from Hoyas' reliever Neal Dennison over the wall in right center for his team-leading 10th home run of the season and provided the game-winner.
The scoring continued for the Cardinals in the seventh on a bases-loaded RBI single by sophomore outfielder Kyle Grieshaber (Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette HS) to score freshman catcher Kyle Gibson (Henderson, Ky./Henderson County HS) and a bases-loaded RBI walk to freshman second baseman Ty Young (Coatesville, Pa./Malvern Prep) by Georgetown reliever Mike Seander, who was subsequently ejected by home plate umpire Brandon Cooper for arguing balls and strikes. Wright then greeted new Hoya pitcher Tommy Isaacs by sending his first pitch into right center for a two-run single and the 9-4 advantage.
Overall, Grieshaber finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Ijames was 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run. Wright went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run, Ethel was 2-for-3 with an RBI and freshman outfielder Adam Engel (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland HS) finished 2-for-4 with two runs in the victory. On the mound, sophomore right-hander Andy Flett (Fenton, Mo./Lindbergh HS) pitched 2.1 innings of perfect relief to earn his first career win and improve to 1-0 on the season. He followed freshman righty Chad Green (Effingham, Ill./Effingham HS), who pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief for freshman starter Jeff Thompson (Greenville, Ind./Floyd Central HS).
For the Hoyas, Dennison took the loss and dropped to 2-3 on the season after allowing four runs on two hits with two walks in less than an inning of relief for starter Alex Meyer, who gave up three runs (two earned) on nine hits in 6.0 innings. At the plate, rightfielder Rand Ravnaas was 5-for-5 with an RBI and a run, while first baseman Dan Capeless was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
Georgetown opened the scoring in Sunday's game with two runs on four hits in the first inning. Catcher Erick Fernandez started the scoring with an RBI single to center to plate centerfielder Justin Leeson, while Capeless followed with an RBI double to right center to score Ravnaas for the 2-0 lead.
Louisville broke through for a run in the bottom of the first to cut the deficit to 2-1 as Grieshaber reached base with a leadoff walk, moved to third on a single to right by Wright and later scored on an RBI sacrifice fly to right field by Ethel.
The teams exchanged runs in the second inning as Leeson scored on an RBI single to center by Ravnaas for the Hoyas, while Engel scored on an RBI single to center by Grieshaber to cut the GU advantage to 3-2. However, the Hoyas pushed their lead to 4-2 in the third inning when Capeless sent a 2-0 pitch from Thompson over the wall in left field for his third home run of the season.
Following a pair of scoreless innings, the Cardinals cut the deficit to 4-3 in the sixth on an RBI sacrifice fly to center by Grieshaber to score freshman first baseman Ryan Seiz (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock HS). The scoring chance was setup as Seiz led off the inning with a single through the left side, moved to second on a single by sophomore third baseman Cade Stallings (Knoxville, Tenn./Farragut HS) and advanced to third on a groundball off the bat of Engel. That was followed by a 1-2-3 top of the seventh on the mound from Flett to set the stage for the decisive home half of the inning for the Cardinals.
With their 12th come-from-behind victory of the season, Louisville holds a 12-3 advantage in the all-time series with Georgetown. The six-run seventh inning was the Cardinals' highest scoring inning of the season and the most runs in an inning since a six-run eighth in the 11-4 win over West Virginia on May 26, 2010 in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship in Clearwater, Fla.
After Sunday's BIG EAST action, the Cardinals (11-7) are in a three-way tie for third with USF and West Virginia, one game behind second-place Pittsburgh (12-6) and a half game ahead of St. John's (10-7). Connecticut (15-3) leads the BIG EAST Conference race with three weeks left in the regular season.
Up next, Louisville will conclude its five-game homestand at with mid-week games against Eastern Michigan on Tuesday (6 p.m., ET) and Wednesday (noon ET) at Jim Patterson Stadium. Wednesday's game will be Elementary School Day at the ballpark and admission is free for both games.