May 8, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Justin McClanahan was 4 for 5 with five RBI to pace a University of Louisville offense that pounded out a season-high 20 hits in a 16-3 win over Indiana Tuesday afternoon.
"This is as good an offensive output as we have had in weeks, " noted Head Coach Dan McDonnell.
"After the last few weeks, it is good to get our offense going."
Boomer Whiting was plunked to open the ballgame and stole second. Daniel Burton reached on a fielding error by Hoosier shortstop Evan Crawford, and a balk by starting pitcher Matt Bashore plated Whiting for a short-lived 1-0 lead.
With one away in the bottom of the frame, Evan Crawford hit his first career home run down the line in left to even the game at one.
Louisville (33-15) batted around in the third, plating four runs to take a 5-1 lead. Whiting and Logan Johnson both singled, and Burton and Isaiah Howes followed with consecutive RBI singles. After Jorge Castillo singled and McClanahan drew a walk to load the bases, Alec Lowrey punched a single up the middle to plate two more.
The Hoosiers (16-29) loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning with two out and Josh Phegley's RBI single up the middle scored a pair and cut the Cardinal lead to 5-3, but IU would get no closer.
Burton and Howes fashioned consecutive singles to open the fifth and an out later McClanahan belted a three-run home run to center, his fifth on the season to put the Cards up 8-3.
Chris Cates walked to open the Cardinal sixth and after a sac bunt by Whiting, he scored on Burton's RBI single for a 9-3 advantage.
Castillo drilled a 1-0 pitch over the fence in right for his fourth home run of the season and a 10-3 Cardinal lead in the seventh.
Burton was hit by a pitch to open the eighth, Howes singled and Pete Rodriguez and McClanahan belted back-to-back RBI singles before a wild pitch pushed across the third run of the inning.
Johnson smoked a payoff pitch on a line out to right for his career-best 11th home run of the season with one out in the ninth. Burton was again hit by a pitch for the 12th to put him in a tie for 8th in single season history and a tie for 6th on the career list with 30. Rodriguez doubled him home and McClanahan closed the scoring with a two-bagger of his own.
Skylar Meade (7-2) earned the win with five innings of work, scattering eight hits and striking out two without issuing a walk. Zack Pitts worked a 1-2-3 sixth and Andrew Salguiero walked one and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Blake Williams made his 2007 debut with an inning out of the pen, giving up a hit in the ninth.
"Skylar, Zack, Andrew and Blake did a very good job going at their hitters," McDonnell added.
Bashore (4-5) took the loss, surrendering eight run, seven of which were earned on nine hits and two walks. He struck out six. Doug Fleenor was touched for five runs on eight hits and a walk, fanning two in three innings. Jarret Casey allowed the final three runs on three hits and a walk in an inning and two-thirds.
Burton and Howes each had three hits, while Rodriguez, Johnson and Castillo each added two as the Cards reached the 20-hit plateau for the first time since they smacked 23 safeties in a 19-13 win at Saint Louis on April 24, 2005.
Every Cardinal starter had a hit and eight different players scored a run.
The Cards and Hoosiers will meet again on Wednesday in Jim Patterson Stadium at 6:00 p.m. ET before a three-game series over the weekend at home against Notre Dame that begins with a double header Saturday. Admission is free.