May 2, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Chris Dominguez and Isaiah Howes combined to drive in five runs and Logan Johnson belted three doubles to establish a new career record as the University of Louisville defeated Eastern Kentucky 8-1 Wednesday night.
"I talked about it yesterday and today, not to look past this one, and I thought we came out and played a real clean game," observed Head Coach Dan McDonnell.
Louisville (30-13) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead. Johnson ripped his first double down the right field line, and Daniel Burton reached on an error and stole second, putting a pair of runners in scoring position for Howes, who lifted a sac fly to left that scored Johnson. Dominguez then tripled home Burton.
The Colonels (19-22) had loaded the bases in the second, but Cardinal starter James Belanger induced a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning. EKU picked up their only run in the fourth when Matt Davis's RBI single plated Lucas Waters to make it 2-1.
Chris Cates singled to open the fourth, his 250th career hit - fourth in Cardinal history. Boomer Whiting's sac bunt moved Cates into scoring position and a bloop double by Johnson put runners at second and third. The double by Johnson was his 59th, moving him past former All-American Mark ~nbsp>Jurich, into first place in school history for career two-baggers.
"He plays the game so hard, the game deserves to be good to him. It was neat to see him break a record tonight," added McDonnell.
Burton was hit by a 2-0 pitch to load the bases, and Howes battled to a full count before lining a two-run single that put the Cards up 4-1.
"That was probably the key at bat of the game with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, and Isaiah came up huge," McDonnell noted.
Dominguez followed with an RBI single that scored Burton, and after Justin McClanahan was intentionally walked to load the bases, Pete Rodriguez was hit by a pitch to push across the forth run of the frame. Derrick Alfonso later beat out the relay on a would-be double play to make it 7-1 Cards, and when Alfonso bluffed a steal of second and got into a rundown, McClanahan stole home for the 8-1 advantage.
Belanger left in the fourth with the bases loaded and gave way to Gavin Logsdon, who picked up the final out of the inning. Belanger threw 3.2 innings, allowing the run on five hits and three walks, striking out two.
Logsdon (1-0) picked up his first career win, allowing a hit and striking out one in 2.1 IP.
Dominguez worked a 1-2-3 seventh, fanning one, Kenny Barnett allowed a hit and struck out one in the eighth and Trystan Magnuson picked up a punch out in an easy 1-2-3 ninth.
EKU starter Chris Hord (1-4) took the loss, giving up two runs - one of which was earned on three hits and a two walks, striking out one in three innings of work. Jim Clancy was lit up for six runs on four hits and a walk in a third of an inning. David Owens struck out one and allowed a pair of hits in 2.2 IP, while McKenzie Willoughby gave up a hit and struck out one in the final two innings.
Johnson finished the game with three doubles, making him the first Cardinal to hit 60 career doubles. He also ranks first in HBP (61)- also placing him tied for 8th in NCAA history, and 10th in RBI (147). His 21 doubles on the season is now tied for fourth in the single season books.
Cates played in his 215th career game, tying him for first all-time with Matt Berger. He stands second in at bats (808), his 673 career assists is a school record and tied for 20th in NCAA history, and his school record 47 sac bunts is tied for 5th all-time.
Freshman Chris Pelaez entered as a pinch hitter in the sixth and belted his first career extra-base hit.
The second place Cards will travel to first place St. John's where they will face the Red Storm in a three-game series beginning Saturday at 12:00 in game one of a scheduled doubleheader. The Red Storm has won 12 straight.