May 6, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The University of Louisville baseball team picked up their eighth straight win, scoring the final eight runs of the game against Indiana in a 13-6 win Tuesday at Sembower Field. Louisville will host Butler Wednesday at Jim Patterson Stadium, with first pitch now taking place at 4:00 p.m. because of rain in the forecast.
The winning streak is the longest during the brief tenure of Head Coach Dan McDonnell, and the longest since the 2006 team closed the season with 12 straight wins before losing in the BIG EAST Championship game.
An RBI single by Phil Wunderlich plated John Dao, who leadoff the game with a single and a stolen base, put the Cards (32-16) on top 1-0, but the lead was short-lived.
Evan Crawford singled and Josh Phegley was hit by a pitch before Tyler Rogers' wind aided home run to left center with two out gave the Hoosiers(21-26) a 3-1 lead.
The Cardinals edged closer in the top of the second. Jeff Arnold and Andrew Clark reached on consecutive singles, and an out later a walk to Drew Haynes loaded the bases for Dao, whose Sac fly to center made it 3-2.
Louisville took the lead in the third inning. Justin McClanahan singled and Chris Dominguez walked and prior to a walk to Stewart Ijames, they executed a double steal. An RBI groundout by Arnold knotted the game at three and Clark wired a two-run single inside the first base bag to put the Cards up 5-3.
Josh Phegley's team-leading 10th home run of the season with two out in the bottom of the third trimmed the advantage to 5-4, and Kipp Schutz's solo shot to right tied the seesaw battle at five. Dylan Swift followed with a single, and after a single by Tyler Cox, Swift scored when a shot to McClanahan at second off the bat of Andrew Means could not be turned into a spectacular double play, allowing the runner to score from third and putting the Hoosiers on top 6-5.
Dominguez singled to lead off the fifth, moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on a fly out to center by Ijames and scored on a second wild pitch, tying the game at six.
With two down in that same inning, Clark singled and Josh Richmond drilled the first pitch he saw over the fence in left for a two-run home run, putting the Cards back on top 8-6. It was his fourth of the season.
Dao singled to open the sixth, two outs later Dominguez was walked intentionally, and Ijames made the Hoosiers pay. The freshman smoked a 2-0 pitch over the fence in right for his fifth home run of the season, a three-run shot that made it 11-6 Cards.
Haynes singled leading off the seventh and Dao reached on a bunt single. After a fielder's choice by Wunderlich, McClanahan lined a shot to left for a sac fly and a 12-6 advantage, and after Dominguez was intentionally walked for a second time, Ijames was hit by a pitch and Arnold drew a bases-loaded walk that inked the final margin.
The Cardinal bullpen logged another stellar performance.
After starter Gabriel Shaw was touched for six runs on five hits and three innings, striking out four, the pen gave up two singles in six scoreless innings.
Gavin Logsdon, who improved to 1-3 with the win, allowed a hit and fanned a pair in two scoreless innings.
Zack Pitts needed just five pitches to get through a 1-2-3 sixth, striking out one.
Freshman Thomas Royse continued the string, setting the side down in order in the seventh and eighth before a one-out single in the ninth snapped a stretch of 15 straight outs. Royse picked up his first career save with three innings of one hit baseball.
Cardinal pitchers have now tossed 37 consecutive innings without giving up a walk.
Joey O'Gara (0-2), one of six IU relievers took the loss, giving up three runs on three hits, striking out two.
Clark had his second four-hit game of the season, Dao added three and Arnold and Haynes each had two of the Cardinals' 16 hits.
The Cardinals also stole a season-best seven bases in seven tries.
Louisville has won 16 of their last 19 games.