May 23, 2003
NEW ORLEANS, LA - University of Louisville freshman Nick Haley was 4 for 4 with his first career home run and Josh Bolen drove in four runs in support of Scott Barber's complete game 11-4 win over South Florida in the Conference USA Tournament Friday night.
The sixth-seeded Bulls(31-27) have been eliminated from the tournament, while the Cards advance to face #3 seed Tulane for the second time in three days at 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday. If the Cards should win, they will meet the Wave again at 8:30 p.m. for the right to play in the championship game on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Dave Williams Jr. lead off with a single to center, and shortstop J.T. LaFountain blasted his seventh home run of the season over the fence in right for a 2-0 Cardinal lead.
In the second, Boomer Whiting was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and an out later, Haley drilled a 2-1 pitch out to the gap in right center for a 4-0 advantage.
A sacrifice fly to center by Morgan Bojorquez scored Bolen in the third increasing the lead to 5-0 Cards.
The Bulls got on the board in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Mike Cunningham.
Louisville (34-22) upped the advantage to 7-1 in the fourth. Haley and Williams reached on back-to-back bunt singles, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by LaFountain. A wild pitch scored Haley and a an out later, Bolen scored Williams on a sac fly.
In the sixth LaFountain singled, and after another wild pitch moved him to second, Mark Jurich brought him home with a double to the gap in right center. A passed ball sent Jurich to third, and he scored on another sac fly by Bolen, making it 9-1.
and Haley hit consecutive singles to open the seventh, a walk to Jurich loaded the bases and Bolen went the other way on a payoff pitch for a two-run single and an 11-1 advantage.
The Bulls added meaningless single runs in the final three frames to close the scoring.
Barber (8-4) struck out ten, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and three walks. It was his second win of the season against USF, and the fourth time he has struck out 10 or more in a game this season.
The win places him in a tie for third with eight wins in a season. The ten strikeouts gives him 88 on the year, and ties him for the sixth-highest single season total in U of L history, and 10th on the career list.
Five different USF pitchers toed the rubber with starter Chris Delaney(3-3) taking the loss, lasting just 1.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits.
Every Cardinal starter had a hit, lead by Haley's two singles, a double and four-bagger. Williams, LaFountain and Ron Braun each had two knocks, with LaFountain and Haley each driving in a pair. Haley scored three times.