Cardinal Bats Too Much for Hoosiers
April 7, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville got out to a quick 7-0 start and never looked back in a 15-1 victory over Indiana on Wednesday night. The Cardinals (21-9) got four hits from Ryan Wright and a home run and four RBI from Andrew Clark as the Hoosiers fell to 12-17.
Evan Crawford went 2-for-2 and Dylan Swift went 2-for-3 in a losing effort for Indiana. Kipp Schutz had an RBI and Brian Lambert scored a run for IU. Keith Landers pitched four strong innings in picking up the win for Louisville, while Drew Leininger fell to 0-2 in collecting the loss. Wyatt Hoff threw 2 2/3 strong innings out of the bullpen for the Hoosiers.
The Cardinals used a pair of two-out rallies to score seven runs over the first two innings. U of L got three runs on three hits in the first, the key knock being a triple to left field by Phil Wunderlich. In the second it was four runs on four hits, with Clark knocking a three-run homer to right field, his fifth longball of the season to put IU in a 7-0 hole after a pair of innings.
Leininger got the side in order in the third, but Louisville struck back with a pair of additional runs to knock the Poway, Calif., from the game. Hoff came on with runners on the corners and one down, but gave up an RBI single to Wright to start his outing. Hoff rebounded, though, getting a 6-3 double play from John Dao to end the fourth.
Hoff kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard in the fifth and retired the first two batters in the sixth. But U of L got an infield single from Wright and a looping double to left center to plate their 10th run of the ballgame.
The Cardinals scored three in the seventh and two in the eighth, sandwiching Indiana's only run of the contest. In the top of the eighth, Brian Lambert led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Kipp Schutz followed with a pinch-hit single through the right side to plate Lambert for Indiana's tally. Vince Gonzalez added an opposite-field double, but Wes Wilson flew out to end the eighth.
Indiana returns to action tomorrow afternoon when it plays host to Valparaiso at 4 p.m. Live audio and statistics will be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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