Another Big Road Win For IU Baseball, Down Louisville, 5-3
April 19, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Indiana Baseball picked up yet another quality road win on Tuesday, taking down the four-time defending Big East champion Louisville Cardinals, 5-3. The Hoosiers improve to 24-12 overall and 12-3 when playing on the opponents' home turf.
Louisville (20-16), a team which was ranked 28th nationally last week, began the second inning with a double on the first pitch. A groundball moved the runner over to third with just one out. He was then tagged out at home when trying to score on another groundball. Catcher Wes Wilson made a nice play corralling an off-target throw before immediately absorbing the contact from a charging runner to hold on for the tag preserve the scoreless ball game.
Indiana starting pitcher Brian Korte then began to cruise, tossing no-hit baseball for the next three innings. The Cardinal pitching staff was just as sharp through five, however, as the scoreboard remained blank heading into the sixth.
A crafty Matt Serfling started the top of sixth by poking a single through the right side. A subsequent sac bunt and defensive error brought Alex Dickerson to the plate two on. Louisville Head Coach Dan McDonnell made the switch on the mound, and went with lefty specialist Joe Stilphen and his 0.00 season ERA. The flawless mark lasted just four more pitches. After Dickerson waved over a pair of breaking balls for a 1-2 count, Stilphen dialed up a third bender. The pitch dove low and inside as intended, but was tattooed by Dickerson over the wall in straight-away center field for a 3-0 Hoosier lead. The longball came on a pitch that was ankle high, and golfed by Dickerson for his fifth homer of the season and 43rd of the All-American's illustrious career.
Louisville battled back in the bottom half of the inning, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Korte limited the damage to a lone run though, inducing a double play and fanning Zak Wasserman for the third out.
Jerrud Sabourin opened the seventh doing what Jerrud Sabourin does ... hit. Indiana's all-time leader in hits stroked a ball into right field for the lead-off single. Two batters later, Michael Basil blasted a no-doubter into the children's playground beyond the left field wall, pushing IU's advantage to 5-1.
Just as they did in the sixth, the Cardinals countered in the bottom half of the seventh as well. Louisville cut the deficit in half by scoring a pair of runs. UL also started to threaten in the eight before Indiana closer Ryan Halstead was called upon. The Big Ten's leader in saves came on with two runners on and one out. His second pitch was lined right back at him when he snared it, quickly turned to second and fired to Johnson for the inning-ending double play. Halstead completed the five-out save with a quick ninth inning.
The Cream and Crimson now return to Bloomington for a five-game homestand. It starts with a 3:05 pm first pitch against Morehead State on Wednesday. Preseason conference favorite Minnesota then comes to Sembower on Friday for a three-game weekend series. Indiana wraps up the homestand by hosting Miami (OH) on Tuesday at 4:05 pm.
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