Louisville Baseball Game Notes
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 15th-ranked Louisville baseball team takes to the road for a mid-week showdown at Top 20 foe Purdue on Tuesday at 4 p.m., ET.
Live play-by-play of the game will be available to subscribers of CardsTV at the link above. Live scoring will be available through the Gametracker feature on the baseball schedule page at UofLsports.com.
Entering the Tuesday's game, Louisville and Purdue are tied at 5-5 in a series which started in 1986. In the most recent meeting, Purdue took advantage of five U of L errors to earn a 6-4 win over the Cardinals at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville on March 8, 2011. Tuesday's game will mark the first time the two programs have played in West Lafayette, though it is not their first attempt. In 2009, the two teams were scheduled to play a late March matchup at Lambert Field. However, rain forced the cancellation of that game and it was never rescheduled.
Cardinals Conclude Second Nine-Game Homestand of 2012 with an 8-1 Mark
Following its road trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on March 9-11, Louisville returned home to host its second nine-game homestand of the season at Jim Patterson Stadium, which ended with the Cardinals winning seven straight games for an 8-1 record overall. In the first homestand of the season, U of L went 7-2 overall, including three straight wins to close it out. With a 15-3 mark at home this season, the Cardinals are in the midst of a stretch in which they are scheduled to play 22 of 26 games at home between Feb. 22 and April 3.
Louisville 28-5 Against Big Ten Conference Opponents Since 2006
Since coach Dan McDonnell was hired prior to the 2007 season, Louisville has been dominant against the Big Ten competition holding a 28-5 record overall. So far this season, the Cardinals have wins over Illinois, Michigan State, Indiana and Ohio State and a loss to Minnesota. 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 IU. Prior to their loss to Purdue on March 8, 2011, the Cardinals had won 11 straight against teams from the league.
Louisville Offense Showing Improvement in 2012
After struggling for much of 2011, the Louisville offense has shown considerable improvement during the first 21 games of 2012. Entering the week, the Cardinals are hitting .330 as a team, more than 70 percentage points higher than the .253 team average they had in 2011. In 24 games this season, Louisville has finished with 10 or more hits 17 times, while last season, they achieved that total just 16 times in 61 games. In the scoring column, the Cardinals have scored seven or more runs 14 times in the first 24 games, while in 2011, they did it just 15 times overall.
Notes and Trends to Follow...
The Cardinals have won a season-high seven straight games overall, their longest streak since they won seven from May 15-26, 2010... The Cardinals have scored in the first inning in 11 straight games and 12 of their last 14 overall... Louisville is outscoring its opponents 49-4 in the first inning this season and 73-15 in the first two innings... The Cardinals are 18-0 this season when leading after the seventh inning... Louisville is 15-2 this season when scoring first... With his single in the first inning on Sunday, sophomore Adam Engel has hit safely in a career-best 13 straight games... With his 3-for-5 performance on Sunday, freshman Zach Lucas has hit safely in all nine of his starts and extended his hitting streak to nine games overall... Junior Nick Ratajczak had his career-best 14-game hitting streak halted on Sunday and for the first time this season, he did not reach base... On Saturday, senior Stewart Ijames hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season and the 41st of his career, which is tied for ninth on Louisville's all-time list with Darren Oppel (1990-93)... As a team, Louisville is 45-of-54 on the season on stolen bases while their opponents are just 17-of-27... In the fifth inning of Saturday's game, sophomore Jeff Thompson struck out the side on nine pitches to become the first Cardinal to accomplish the rare feat since March 16, 2002 when Grant Williams did it against Memphis.
Ranked in every major poll and as highly as 15th, Purdue enters the week at 16-4 overall after winning two of three against Ohio State last weekend in Columbus, Ohio. The Boilermakers are led by coach Doug Schreiber, who is 396-352 in his 14th season at the helm of the West Lafayette, Ind., school. Last season, Purdue finished 37-20 overall and was third in the Big Ten with a 14-10 record.