Louisville Baseball Game Notes
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - While the 14th-ranked Louisville baseball team concludes its nine-game homestand against Indiana on Tuesday at 3 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium, U of L Athletics will be hosting a relief effort in the ballpark to assist those impacted by last week's tragic tornadoes in Kentucky and Indiana.
Fans are encouraged to support the effort by donating to the American Red Cross during Tuesday's game. Only monetary donations will be accepted at Jim Patterson Stadium during the Louisville-Indiana game.
Seven Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles have been out in affected areas providing food and water to affected residents and emergency workers. Over 150 Red Cross workers are staffing shelters and are out in the field helping those in need. To date, the Red Cross has served more than 1,300 meals and snacks. The Red Cross will remain in the affected areas until all of the emergency needs are met.
People can help those affected by disasters like the Midwest tornadoes and storms, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a financial donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone's local Red Cross chapter. Contributions enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.
About the Game
Live play-by-play of the game can be heard on News/Talk 1570 AM (WNDA). Live video of the game as well as live audio will be available to subscribers of CardsTV online at UofLsports.com. Live scoring for the matchup will be available through the Gametracker feature on the baseball schedule page at UofLsports.com or at the link above.
Entering this week's game, Louisville trails Indiana 19-18 in the all-time series, which dates back to 1937. Last season, the teams split two games as the Cardinals earned an 8-4 win at Sembower Field in May after dropping a 5-3 decision to the Hoosiers in Louisville in April. Prior to last April's loss, U of L had won seven straight against IU. Overall, the Cardinals have won nine of the last 11 in the series. The two teams will meet a second time in 2012 on April 17 in Bloomington.
Cardinals Enter Finale of Nine-Game Homestand After Winning Six of Eight
The Cardinals have won six of the first eight games during the first of two scheduled nine-game homestands at Jim Patterson Stadium this season. The homestand began with a three-game sweep of Oakland and continued with a mid-week win over Eastern Kentucky. After a disappointing mid-week loss to Eastern Illinois, Louisville earned a series win over a talented Pepperdine club. The EKU game also started a stretch in which U of L is playing 22 of 26 games at home from Feb. 22 to April 3.
Louisville is 26-5 Against the Big Ten Conference Since 2006
Since coach Dan McDonnell was hired prior to the 2007 season, the Louisville baseball team has been dominant against the Big Ten holding a 26-5 record overall. So far this season, the Cardinals have wins over Illinois and Michigan State and a loss to Minnesota. Along with the two games against Indiana, they will also play mid-week games against Purdue and Ohio State. U of L was 4-2 last season against the league with wins over Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota and Indiana and losses to Purdue and Indiana. Prior to their loss to Purdue on March 8, 2011, the Cardinals had won 11 straight against teams from the league.
Indiana enters the week at 3-6 overall after dropping two of three last weekend at East Tennessee State. The Hoosiers are led by coach Tracy Smith, who is in his seventh season at the helm of the Bloomington, Ind., school. Last season, Indiana finished 30-25 overall and was seventh in the Big Ten at 11-13.
Notes and Trends to Follow...
Louisville played error-free baseball in all three games this weekend marking the longest stretch of games without an error for the Cardinals since they went four straight without an error during the 2010 NCAA Regional (June 4-7)... With his home run in the sixth inning on Sunday, senior Stewart Ijames has hit safely in eight straight games, the Cardinals' longest streak of the season... The home run for Ijames was his team-leading fourth of the season and the 37th of his career. The rest of the Cardinals on the 2012 roster have a combined nine career home runs (Gardner 3, Wasserman 3, Seiz 2, Chittenden 1)... Four of Ijames' last 10 hits have been home runs... In the Cards' last eight games (all at home), Ijames is hitting .370 with four home runs, 10 RBI and five walks... In the three-game series with Pepperdine, Louisville pitchers allowed only seven runs on 14 hits with 24 strikeouts in 21 innings... Through 11 games this season, Louisville has stolen 21 bases in 26 attempts while limiting opponents to only nine in 14 attempts... Louisville is 6-0 this season when scoring first... The Cardinals are 8-0 when leading after the sixth inning... Junior Nick Ratajczak has reached base safely in all 11 Louisville games this season... The Louisville pitching staff has allowed three or less earned runs in five straight games.
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