March 18, 2010
2010 Louisville Baseball Game Notes in PDF Format
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For its final non-conference weekend of the regular season, the No. 7 Louisville baseball team will host Mid-American Conference foe Ball State for a three-game series starting Friday at 3 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Game two of the weekend series is set for Saturday at 1 p.m., while Sunday's series finale is also set for 1 p.m. ET. Admission is free for the entire three game series, which will be broadcast live by KOOL 1570 AM in Louisville. Live video will also be available for subscribers of CardsTV at UofLSports.com.
Louisville enters the weekend at 15-1 overall following a 7-4 home win over Xavier on Tuesday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium. The 15-1 mark is the best 16-game record in school history and the best overall record since the 1957 squad went 15-0 overall.
U of L is scheduled to start junior righty Thomas Royse (3-0, 0.74 ERA) on the mound in Friday's opener against Ball State senior righty Brad Piatt (0-1, 6.75 ERA). Junior lefty Dean Kiekhefer (1-1, 4.95 ERA) will start on Saturday for Louisville against sophomore righty Cal Bowling (0-2, 6.35 ERA), while U of L sophomore righty Tony Zych (1-0, 9.64 ERA) will start in Sunday's finale against BSU junior righty Kolbrin Vitek (0-2, 5.71 ERA).
At the plate, Louisville is paced by senior infielder Adam Duvall, who leads the team in hitting at .413, slugging percentage at .813 and doubles with 12, is tied for the team lead with six home runs and is third in RBI with 17. Most recently, Duvall hit a pair of home runs and had three RBI in U of L's mid-week win over Xavier.
Junior infielder Phil Wunderlich also has six home runs for Louisville while leading the team with 21 RBI and ranking third overall in hitting at .373. Redshirt sophomore outfielder Stewart Ijames is second on the team in hitting at .375 and fourth in RBI with 16.
Ball State enters the weekend at 5-11 overall after dropping two of three games at Caravelle Resort Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., last weekend. BSU earned a win over Lipscomb while dropping games to Michigan and Illinois. Offensively, Ball State is led by Vitek, the everyday second baseman when he is not pitching, who is hitting .418 with four home runs and 16 RBI.
Following the Ball State series, Louisville will take to the road for a mid-week game at Evansville on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. On March 3, U of L earned a 13-6 win over the Purple Aces at Jim Patterson Stadium.