May 4, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Redshirt freshman righty Justin Amlung pitched five shutout innings to lead a strong performance for the Louisville pitching staff as the seventh-ranked Cardinals earned a 6-0 win over Ohio State on Tuesday night at Bill Davis Stadium.
The Cardinals improved to 37-7 overall with the win, while the Buckeyes dropped to 24-16. The two teams will conclude their two-game series on Wednesday at 2:05 p.m. ET and live audio will be available online through CardsTV at www.UofLSports.com.
Amlung (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier HS) scattered four hits with four strikeouts while matching a career high with 5.0 innings of work to earn the win and improve to 2-1 on the season. He was followed by junior lefty Dean Kiekhefer (Louisville, Ky./Oldham County HS), who allowed just one hit in 3.0 scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts, and junior righty Gabriel Shaw (Paducah, Ky./St. Mary's HS), who pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts as the Cardinals limited the Buckeyes to just five hits.
The shutout was the fourth of the season for Louisville, and the first since a 7-0 win over Villanova on April 2. It is the second time this season Ohio State has been shutout, while the five hits for the Buckeyes is tied for their second lowest total.
At the plate, freshman Zak Wasserman (Stevensville, Mich./Lakeshore HS) had a two-run single to lead five Cardinals with at least one RBI in the win. Senior first baseman Andrew Clark (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine HS), senior shortstop Adam Duvall (Louisville, Ky./Butler HS), redshirt sophomore Stewart Ijames (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) and sophomore Ryan Wright (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead HS) all finished with a hit and an RBI each, while senior catcher Jeff Arnold (Louisville, Ky./Male HS) added two hits and a run scored in the win.
After a scoreless first inning, the Cardinals rolled out to an early lead in the second inning with four runs on three hits and one key Ohio State error. Wright led off the inning by reaching base on a throwing error by Buckeyes' starting pitcher Dean Wolosiansky on a ground ball. After moving to second on a single to left field by junior third baseman Phil Wunderlich
(Chicago, Ill./Downers Grove HS), Wright scored on an RBI double to left center by Ijames for a 1-0 lead. Wolosiansky took the loss for OSU to fall to 3-6 on the season.
Moments later, Wasserman gave Louisville a 3-0 advantage with his two-run single down the right field line to score Wunderlich and Ijames. After moving to second on a walk to freshman outfielder Jarred Clarkson (Shelbyville, Ky./Shelby County HS) and advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior outfielder Drew Haynes (New Albany, Ind./New Albany HS), Wasserman scored on an RBI groundout by Duvall for the 4-0 lead.
Louisville added to its advantage in the fifth inning with two runs on three hits off OSU reliever Jared Strayer. Arnold started the inning with a single up the middle, advanced to third on a double down the left field line by Duvall and then scored on an RBI double to center by Clark for a 5-0 lead. The final run of the night scored moments later as Duvall scored from third on an RBI sacrifice fly to center by Wright for the final 6-0 margin.
Following the OSU series finale, Louisville will travel to Washington, D.C., for a three-game series at BIG EAST Conference foe Georgetown on Friday (7 p.m.), Saturday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
- With Tuesday's win, the Cardinals extended their winning streak over Ohio State to four straight and their all-time lead in the series to 5-3.
- Louisville improved to 6-0 this season against Big Ten opponents with Tuesday's win and 19-2 against Big Ten teams since Dan McDonnell was hired as head coach prior to the 2007 season.
- The Cardinals have won five straight games and 13 of their last 14 overall.