The University of Louisville baseball team celebrates its dramatic 9-7 win over South Florida Saturday, in which the Cards rallied from six runs down in the ninth, to clinch a spot in the C-USA Tournament.
May 22, 2004
TAMPA, FL - Down 7-1 going into the ninth, the University of Louisville baseball team mounted an eight-run rally, capped by Freshman Logan Johnson's three-run home run to lift U of L to an electrifying 9-7 win over South Florida, advancing the Cards to the 2004 Conference USA Tournament.
The Cards went into the series needing a sweep to advance to the tournament, with the loser of Sunday's game ending their season.
In the dramatic ninth, senior Luis Pardo was hit by a pitch to open the frame, and Mark Jurich followed with his 57th career double, setting a new U of L career record. Chris Cates walked to load the bases, and Nick Haley, Ron Braun and Ryan McKinnon each had RBI singles to cut the lead to 7-4 and keep the bases loaded with nobody out.
A wild pitch scored a run, and Daniel Burton reached on an error by Jeff Baisley, scoring Braun and putting the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at first.
Johnson, who already had two ninth-inning home runs this season, hammered the first pitch from Matt Ingram deep down the right field line to put the Cards on top for the first time in the afternoon. It was his fifth home run of the season.
Louisville and South Florida had both been in the C-USA Tournament all eight years of its existence.
South Florida's Mike Macaluso doubled down the left field line and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on an RBI groundout by Leslie to give USF a 1-0 lead in the first.
Louisville(26-28, 13-17) answered in the top of the second when McKinnon doubled down the right field line, moved to third on a groundout by Burton and scored on a balk to even the score at one.
In the Bulls(31-24, 12-17) half of the third, Macaluso singled and Leslie followed with his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot that gave the Bulls a 3-1 lead.
A sac fly by Matt McHargue in the fourth plated Devin Ivany to extend the advantage to 4-1 USF.
South Florida picked up a sac fly by Jeff Baisley and a two-run single by his twin brother Brian in the eighth to boost their advantage to 7-1.
Bailey allowed a run in two innings on three hits and a walk, fanning two in the win.
Freshman Justin Valdes, making the start in his hometown of Tampa, Florida, surrendered five runs on just six hits and a walk in seven plus innings, striking out two. Skylar Meade was touched for a run on a hit without recording an out.
Haley had three hits on the day, while Braun, McKinnon and Johnson each had two for the Cards.
Louisville will be the #8 seed in the C-USA tournament and will face regular-season champion East Carolina on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. ET at Cougar Field in Houston. The game will be carried live on UofLsports.com and in Louisville on WAVG 1450 with Sean Moth providing play-by-play.