May 13, 2003
RICHMOND, KY - Third baseman Ryan McKinnon was 2 for 4 with a two-run home run and a two run single with the bases loaded in the eighth, breaking a 6-6 tie, and lifting the University of Louisville to a 9-6 win over Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday.
The Colonels (19-26) struck in the bottom of the first, sending 10 men to the plate and taking a 5-0 lead on six hits and one Cardinal error. Cardinal starter Chase Cruse gave up three runs on four consecutive singles, before he was replaced by Griffin Bailey.
Louisville (31-19) used the long ball to get back into the game, blasting three home runs in the fifth inning, tying the game at five apiece.
First baseman Morgan Bojorquez opened the inning with a leadoff walk and scored on Ryan McKinnon's fourth home run of the season, as he drilled a 2-2 pitch high and deep to right center. It was the third consecutive game he has gone yard, and made the score 5-2.
Nick Haley then walked and after Dave Williams Jr. traded places with him on a fielder's choice, shortstop J.T. LaFountain smacked the next pitch high over the fence in right for his sixth home run of the season and a 5-4 deficit.
The round-tripper by LaFountain chased EKU starter Brian Engle, who allowed four runs on four hits and three walks in 4.2 innings, striking out five.
Eric Anthrop entered to face Mark Jurich who lifted his first pitch to nearly the same spot that McKinnon's left the yard to tie things up. It was the first time the Cards had hit back-to-back home runs since Jurich and Bojorquez did it on May 10th of last season against UAB.
Bailey and Brian Halford
, who entered in the fifth combined to set down 19 of the next 21 before EKU third baseman Neil Sellers hit a two-out, solo home run to right off of Halford, giving the Colonels a 6-5 lead in the seventh. Halford had set down the first eight he had faced before the home run, which was Seller's 16th of the season.
Bailey tossed four innings, allowing a run on four hits, fanning three, while Halford (4-0) earned the win, allowing just the home run and striking out one in three innings.
In the eighth, LaFountain lead off with a single to left, and Jurich moved him to third with a single through the right side. Bolen followed with a sacrifice fly to right to tie the ballgame at six.
Still in the top of the eighth, walks to catcher Ron Braun and Bojorquez loaded the bases. McKinnon drilled a single back up the box, scoring two, and giving the Cards its first lead of the game at 8-6.
Haley walked to load the bases, and Williams followed with a free pass to push across the ninth Cardinal run of the game
Senior closer Carlos Fernandez tied a Louisville single season record with his 10th save of the season, allowing a pair of hits and striking out three in the final two innings.
Anthrop(1-2) took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in 2.1 innings, striking out a pair.
LaFountain, Bolen and Jurich joined McKinnon with two hits apiece.
The Cardinal Nine will wrap up the regular season with a three-game C-USA series in Fort Worth, Texas against second place TCU on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The Cards are currently sixth in the league, and have clinched a spot in the C-USA tournament, by virtue of the series win over Tulane last weekend. The tournament will be May 21st-25th in New Orleans, Louisiana at Turchin Stadium.