May 9, 2010
BETHESDA, Md. -
Redshirt freshman righty Justin Amlung pitched six scoreless innings and redshirt sophomore outfielder Stewart Ijames added three hits, three RBI and three runs scored to lead the No. 7 Louisville baseball team to a 10-3 series clinching win at Georgetown on Sunday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field.
With the win, which clinched their 10th series victory of the season, the Cardinals improved to 40-8 overall and 16-5 in BIG EAST Conference games, while Georgetown dropped to 22-26 and 4-17. Sunday's victory also equaled the regular season school record win total set last season when the 2009 Cardinals finished with a 40-15 regular season mark.
Amlung (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier HS) earned his second win of the week with his second shutout performance of the week after scattering five hits with four strikeouts to improve to 3-1 on the season. On Tuesday night, he pitched five shutout innings to earn the win in the Cardinals' 6-0 triumph at Ohio State. For the week, Amlung allowed just nine hits with eight strikeouts in 11.0 shutout innings for the Cardinals, which finished 4-1.
Ijames (Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro Catholic HS) finished 3-for-5 at the plate, including his key two-run single in the Cardinals' four-run first inning, while junior third baseman Phil Wunderlich (Chicago, Ill./Downers Grove HS) added his team-leading 19th home run and two RBI in the win. Senior catcher Jeff Arnold (Louisville, Ky./Male HS) added two hits and two runs, senior first baseman Andrew Clark (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine HS) had two hits and a run and freshman Kyle Grieshaber (Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette HS) finished with three RBI.
The Cardinals opened the scoring early in Sunday's game with four runs on two hits and one Georgetown error in the first inning against Hoyas' starter Will Harris, who took the loss to fall to 3-5 on the season. Arnold led off the game with a single to left field, moved to second on his 12th stolen base and advanced to third on walks to senior second baseman Adam Duvall
(Louisville, Ky./Butler HS) and Wunderlich. Ijames followed with his two-run single to right center to score Arnold and Duvall for the 2-0 advantage. Louisville added to its lead later in the inning as Wunderlich stole third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher Nick Geary, while Ijames stole second and scored on an RBI groundout by Grieshaber for a 4-0 lead.
The score remained that way until the fifth inning, when Ijames reached base on a fielder's choice putout, moved to third on a double down the left field line by junior J.J. Ethel (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe HS) and then scored on an RBI sacrifice fly to left field by Grieshaber for a 5-0 advantage.
An inning later, Louisville put the game away with four runs on four hits for a 9-0 lead. After reaching base on an error by shortstop Tom Elliott, Duvall moved to third on a single to right by Clark and then scored on a throwing error by the right fielder Rand Ravnaas for the first run of the inning. Moments later, Wunderlich sent a 2-1 pitch from GU reliever Cary Piligian over the wall in right field to score Clark for an 8-0 lead. The final run of the inning scored as Ijames singled to right field, moved to second on a single by Ethel and then scored on an RBI ground ball by Grieshaber.
Louisville added its final run of the game in the seventh inning as Arnold walked, moved to second on another single by Clark, advanced to third when Wunderlich was hit by a pitch and then scored on an RBI single to right by Ijames. The Hoyas scored three runs in the eighth inning against Louisville freshman reliever Curtis McCombs (Louisville, Ky./Ballard HS) for the final 10-3 margin.
Up next, Louisville will conclude its six-game road swing with a mid-week showdown at No. 18 Vanderbilt on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET in Nashville, Tenn. The game will be a rematch of last year's NCAA Regional title game, won by the Cardinals at Jim Patterson Stadium.
For Tuesday's game, Vanderbilt will offer free admission for the game and will be accepting monetary donations to assist with relief and recovery efforts after the devastating flooding in Nashville and throughout middle Tennessee. More information on the special event is available at http://vucommodores.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/2010-flood-relief.html.
- With the win, Louisville improved to 9-3 all-time against Georgetown and 7-2 at Shirley Povich Field against the Hoyas.
- Sunday's win for Louisville, combined with Connecticut's loss to Cincinnati, moved the Cardinals within a ½ game of the Huskies in the BIG EAST Conference standings with two weeks left in the regular season.
- Junior Phil Wunderlich reached base safely in five of his six plate appearances on Sunday. Along with his team-leading 19th home run, he walked twice and was hit by a pitch twice.
- In the three-game series at Georgetown, Louisville's three starting pitchers of junior Thomas Royse, freshman Matt Koch and redshirt freshman Justin Amlung combined to allow just one earned run on 14 hits with 21 strikeouts in 22.0 innings.