May 9, 2014
Kyle Funkhouser earned his 15th collegiate win while extending his career-best scoreless streak to 27.0 innings.
AMBLER, Pa. - Sophomore righty Kyle Funkhouser had a career-best 12 strikeouts in eight shutout innings to lead the fifth-ranked Louisville baseball team to a 2-0 series-opening win at Temple on Friday afternoon at Skip Wilson Field.
Funkhouser (Oak Forest, Ill.) allowed just four hits and issued only one walk to improve to 10-2 on the mound as the Cardinals (39-11, 15-4 American) extended their winning streak to 12 while maintaining first place in the conference race. In surpassing his previous career-high of 10 strikeouts on Feb. 22 against Western Michigan, Funkhouser lowered his ERA to 1.86 and has 85 strikeouts in 87.0 innings pitched this season. The hard-throwing righty extended his career best scoreless streak to 27.0 innings (three straight starts) and he has not allowed an earned run in the last 34.0 innings dating back to April 11.
Junior righty closer Nick Burdi (Downers Grove, Ill.) closed the Cardinals' sixth shutout win of the season by striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 13th save of the season and the 29th of his career extending his school record total. In 23 appearances this season, Burdi has 47 strikeouts in 27.2 innings and a 0.65 ERA to go with a 2-1 record.
At the plate, senior third baseman Alex Chittenden (Indianapolis, Ind.) was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored, while freshman outfielder Colin Lyman (Algonquin, Ill.) chipped in with a RBI single in the win. Senior catcher Kyle Gibson (Henderson, Ky.) added a double and scored once as Louisville finished with a 7-4 advantage in hits over the Owls (12-28, 7-12 American).
Louisville opened the scoring in the fifth inning when junior shortstop Sutton Whiting (New Wilmington, Pa.) delivered a RBI sacrifice fly to left field to plate Gibson for the 1-0 lead. Gibson started the inning with a double to left and moved to third on a bunt single by junior second baseman Zach Lucas (Louisville, Ky.) before scoring.
An inning later, the Cardinals added the final run of the afternoon in the sixth on a two-out, RBI single to left by Lyman to score Chittenden, who doubled moments earlier to begin the two-out threat. Temple righty starter Matt Hockenberry was the tough-luck loser on Friday dropping to 4-5 on the season after allowing just two runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts in a complete game performance.
Louisville and Temple will continue the series on Saturday at 11 a.m., ET at Campbell's Field in Camden, N.J., while Sunday's weekend finale, also in Camden, is set for noon ET.
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Louisville Postgame Notes
- Louisville is 35-0 this season when leading after the eighth inning and has won 90 straight games when entering the ninth with the lead going back to May 2012.
- The Cardinals are 29-2 this season when outhitting their opponents.
- Louisville improved to 25-3 this season in games against righty starters.
- The Cardinals have allowed two or fewer earned runs in 30 of 50 games this season (including 10 of the last 12), something they did in 36 of 65 games in 2013.
- The 12 strikeouts for Kyle Funkhouser on Friday were the most for a Louisville pitcher since Jeff Thompson had 12 strikeouts in a win at Villanova on May 4, 2013.
- With 10 wins in 2014, Funkhouser is just one victory behind the Cardinals' single season record held by Jeff Thompson (2013) and Justin Marks (2009). Funkhouser joins Chad Green (2013), Justin Amlung (2011), Zack Pitts (2007), Zach Jackson (2002) and Scott Reburn (1984) at the 10-win plateau.
- At 85 strikeouts in 2014, Funkhouser is just four away from moving into Louisville's single season top 10.
- With his 13th save, Nick Burdi moved into a tie for third on the Cardinals' single season leaderboard equaling the total of Tony Zych in 2011.