May 5, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Sophomore lefty Bob Revesz pitched six scoreless innings and the Louisville offense erupted for its best scoring day in more than 10 years as the Cardinals picked up a 21-5 win over No. 25 ranked Ohio State on Tuesday night in front of 2,055 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Revesz, from Grove City, Pa., kept the powerful Ohio State offense under control as he scattered five hits with four strikeouts in his fifth start of the season to improve to 3-1 overall. With Revesz in command on the mound, Louisville (33-13) provided more than enough support at the plate as the Cardinals' 21 runs were the most since a 24-5 win over Wright State on March 5, 1999. The 21 runs are also the most allowed by Ohio State (34-12) this season.
Leading the way for Cards' offense on Tuesday night was the middle of lineup as Louisville's 2-through-6 hitters finished 16-for-24 with six home runs, 19 RBI and 18 runs scored. The six home runs for the Cardinals were the most since they hammered eight in a 17-1 win over Marshall on April 5, 2007.
Junior second baseman Adam Duvall led the hit parade going 5-for-6 with two home runs, four RBI and five runs scored, while junior third baseman Chris Dominguez finished 3-for-4 with two home runs - taking his team-leading total to 16 -- five RBI and four runs scored. Freshman Ryan Wright finished 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored, while junior first baseman Andrew Clark went 3-for-4 with two RBI and four runs scored. Sophomore outfielder Phil Wunderlich continued his late-season roll at the plate with a pair of hits, including his 13th home run, four RBI and three runs scored.
The Cardinals took an early lead on the Buckeyes in the first inning as Dominguez followed a two-out walk to Clark with his 15th home run of the season, a bomb to center field on a 3-0 pitch from Ohio State lefty starter Andrew Armstrong to make it 2-0. Wunderlich then followed Dominguez with his home run over the wall in right field on a 1-1 pitch to give Louisville a 3-0 advantage after the first inning.
Louisville added to its lead with five more runs in the third inning on four hits. Duvall led off the inning with an infield single to the left side, moved to second on another walk to Clark and then advanced to third on a single to left field by Dominguez. With the bases loaded, Wunderlich delivered again with a bases-clearing double to left center to give Louisville a 6-0 lead. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Wunderlich scored on an RBI double down the left field line by Wright to make it 7-0 Cards. Following his eighth stolen base of the season to move to third, Wright then scored on an RBI sacrifice fly to center by junior catcher Jeff Arnold to make it 8-0 Louisville after three innings.
Following another scoreless inning on the mound from Revesz in the fourth, the Cardinals posted their second straight five-run inning in the home half of the fourth for a 13-0 advantage. The scoring started as Duvall hammered his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot to left center, to make it 9-0. Following a single by Clark and a walk to Dominguez, Wunderlich reached base on an error by second baseman Cory Kovanda, which also allowed Clark to score. Wright then closed the scoring with his third home run of the season, a three-run shot to left center for the 13-0 lead. It was the second time in the game and the 16th time this season Louisville had scored at least five runs in an inning.
Louisville continued the onslaught in the fifth inning with four more runs on four hits. Clark started the scoring with an RBI single to right center to score Haynes, who had reached base earlier in the inning with a walk. That was followed by the second home run of the day and the 16th of the season for Dominguez, a three-run shot to left field to score Clark and Duvall for a 17-0 lead after five innings.
Following a scoreless sixth inning, Louisville added another run in the seventh as Duvall doubled to center field and then scored on an RBI double to right center by Clark to push the lead to 18-0. The Cardinals scored three more runs in the eighth inning as Duvall hammered his second home run of the day and his eighth of the season, a three-run homer to left, to score catcher Kyle Cheesebrough, who had walked, and sophomore Nate Holland, who reached on an infield single.
The Buckeyes broke through in the run column with five runs on six hits in the ninth inning off Louisville freshman reliever Joe Stilphen. The scoring started as Ben Toussant scored on an error in left by Wunderlich on a fly ball by T.J. McManus and D.J. Hanlin followed with an RBI single to left field to score Michael Arp. Tyler Engle then scored on an RBI sacrifice fly to left field by David Corna and Kovanda followed with an RBI single to score McManus. The final run came in as Cory Rupert was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Hanlin for the final margin.
Along with Revesz, the Cardinals also got scoreless performances on the mound from sophomore righty Neil Holland (1.0 inning, no hits, one strikeout) and junior righty Matt Lea (1.0 inning, no hits, one strikeout), while senior lefty Gavin Logsdon made his 91st career appearance to record the final out of the game in the ninth inning. For the Buckeyes, Armstrong took the loss after allowing 13 runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings to fall to 2-2 on the season. Jared Strayer allowed four runs on five hits in 2.2 innings of relief, while Theron Minium gave up four runs on four hits in 2.0 innings of relief.
The Cardinals and Buckeyes will finish the two-game set on Wednesday at noon ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Following the finale with OSU, Louisville will return to the road for a three-game series at BIG EAST foe St. John's. The series will begin on Friday at 6 p.m. ET in Queens, N.Y.
- With his 3-for-4 day at the plate, junior third baseman Chris Dominguez extended his hitting streak to 11 games, with 10 of those being multi-hit performances. The All-American from Miami leads the Cardinals in home runs (16), RBI (62), stolen bases (17-for-21) and slugging percentage (.694), and is second on the team in hitting at .366.
- Sophomore outfielder Phil Wunderlich picked up two more hits on Tuesday night to extend his hitting streak to nine games and take his team-leading batting average to .367. He is also second on the team with 13 home runs and 55 RBI.
- Freshman utility player Ryan Wright continued his impressive season with a 3-for-5 day and his third home run of the season. Overall, the Fort Wayne, Ind., native is third on the team in hitting at .348 and in RBI with 46, while following Dominguez and Wunderlich in the Cards' lineup. He has also been a key contributor defensively with 14 starts at shortstop, 11 starts in right field, seven starts in left field and two starts at third base, while also earning 11 starts at DH.