May 13, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville completed just the fourth three-game conference sweep of Notre Dame in 12 seasons of BIG EAST baseball with a 7-3 win over the Irish Sunday afternoon. Ten seniors were honored in a pregame ceremony.
"Today was a great day that finished off a great weekend," Cardinal Head Coach Dan McDonnell said.
The Cardinals (36-16, 17-7 BIG EAST) took a 3-0 lead in the third. Senior Pete Rodriguez doubled down the left field line and Derrick Alfonso reached when his sac bunt was bobbled by Irish pitcher Kyle Weiland, putting runners at the corners with nobody out.
The Irish (27-24, 10-13 BIG EAST) got on the board in the fourth when Danny Dressman scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 3-1.
U of L got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Alfonso's RBI singled scored Chris Dominguez, who had doubled to lead off the frame.
Johnson opened the fifth with his 24th double of the season, tying the single season record held by Doug Lorenz (1998). Burton followed with his 46th career two-bagger to make it 5-1 and move him into a tie for 8th on the Cardinal career list. Burton then stole third and scored on a groundout by Jorge Castillo for a 6-1 lead.
Alfonso doubled with one away in the sixth and scored on an RBI single by Whiting for a 7-1 margin.
The Irish pushed across an unearned run in the seventh and loaded the bases in the ninth, with a walk to A.J. Pollock cutting the lead to 7-3 and putting the tying run at the plate in Ross Brezovsky, but a 6-4-3 double play ended the ballgame and sealed the sweep.
Gavin Logsdon gave up a run on two hits and two walks in the ninth.
Weiland (4-2) surrendered four earned runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out six in five innings in the loss. Eric Maust gave up a run on two hits in an inning and a third. Wade Korpi walked one and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning and Sam Elam set the side down in order in the eighth, fanning one.
Six of the nine Cardinal hits were doubles on the afternoon. Whiting and Alfonso each had two hits for the Cards, with Whiting and Burton driving in two runs apiece.
Burton, Cates, Howes, Johnson, Meade, Rodriguez and Whiting were joined by Kyle Hollander, Trystan Magnuson and Blake Williams in a pregame ceremony that honored the seniors, who have collectively placed their names in the Cardinal record books an astounding 42 times. During the game a video for each player was shown on the video wall in right field, giving each of them an opportunity to send out thank yous and Mother's Day greetings.
"Having had the chance to coach these guys all year, seeing how hard they work, and hearing how appreciative they are of their family, friends and support staff - it is clear as to why they are so successful now and why they will continue to succeed in the future," McDonnell added.
The Cardinal Nine will complete the home portion of the regular season schedule as they host Evansville on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in Patterson Stadium. The regular season will wrap up in Cincinnati for three games beginning Thursday.