March 6, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Hoosier Baseball (3-7) could never fully recover from a Louisville outburst that saw the #14 Cardinals (9-3) notch five runs before recording an out in the first inning. Indiana chipped away a bit in the second and third innings before another big inning for Louisville opened up the floodgates in a 13-4 UL win.
Three Hoosiers posted multi-hit games, a list including: Michael Basil, Chad Clark and Dustin DeMuth. Both of Basil base knocks drove in runs as well.
With the bases loaded, no outs and four runs already on the board for Louisville, freshman pitcher Luke Harrison came out of the bullpen for his first collegiate appearance. The right-handed pitcher from Glenview, Ill., immediately induced a groundball double play and fly ball to keep the Hoosiers afloat. Harrison's success continued for the next three scoreless innings. He stuck out five Cardinals before giving up his first hit in the fifth inning.
DeMuth ripped a double down the right-field line in the second for IU's first hit. Chris Sujka came to bat next, powering a grounder through the left side to score DeMuth. It was Basil and Clark pairing up hits in the third frame to tally another Hoosier run and pull within striking distance at 5-2.
The Cardinals punched in five more runs in the fifth and sixth innings, however, to extends their lead, 10-2
Justin Cureton opened the seventh with a triple and was driven in by a Trace Knoblauch RBI-single. Knoblauch would later circle around to score off another Basil poke into the gap. Once again, Louisville had a response though. The Cards added three runs in the eighth for the 13-4 final score.
The Cream and Crimson hop back on the bus Wednesday en route to Terre Haute, Ind., for an in-state clash with the Sycamores of Indiana State. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. IUHoosiers.com will have live stats and an audio broadcast of the contest.