Louisville Rallies Late to Knock Off Hoosiers
April 21, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Chris Dominguez hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to complete a Louisville comeback and lift the Cardinals past the Indiana baseball team, 10-8. U of L moved to 28-10 on the season with the victory, while IU is now 18-19 on the year. The Hoosiers will take on Indiana State on Wednesday at Sembower Field.
Jerrud Sabourin had a pair of hits and drove in two runs, while Alex Dickerson and Tyler Rogers each posted multi-hit games as well. Josh Phegley drove in a pair of runs to push his team-leading total to 46 RBI on the season for Indiana. Tony Zych (3-1) picked up the win in relief for the Cardinals, while Chris Squires (1-2) was credited with the loss out of the pen.
The Cardinals got on the board with three runs in the top of the first on a three-run shot by Phil Wunderlich. Andrew Clark drew a two-out walk and Dominguez followed with an infield single before Wunderlich hit his ninth round-tripper of the year, depositing the ball onto the IU Softball Field. Wunderlich finished the game with three hits and drove in six of the Cardinals' 10 runs.
IU took the lead with a huge bottom of the second, tallying six runs to go ahead by three. A pair of walks and a bunt RBI single by Chris Hervey plated the first run with one out, and an RBI single by Sabourin trimmed the deficit to 3-2 in favor of the visitors. Phegley then came to the plate and worked the count to 2-2 before lacing a double to right center to score Hervey and Sabourin and give IU the lead at 4-3.
Neil Holland came on in relief of starter Matt Lea to strike out Dickerson, but he surrendered a two-out walk to Kipp Schutz and Rogers followed by roping a double into the left-field corner to plate a pair more runs for the Hoosiers to make it 6-3.
Indiana tacked on solo runs in the third and fourth to stretch the lead to five. Sabourin delivered his second RBI on a single to right that scored Hervey to push the lead to 7-3. In the fourth, it was Evan Crawford bringing home Indiana's eighth run on an infield single to short as Dickerson scored on the play.
On the mound, starter Joey O'Gara settled in, keeping Louisville off the scoreboard from the second through the fifth. In the sixth, though, the Cardinals threatened, as the first three men reached, the final blow an RBI double by Ryan Wright that made the score 8-5. O'Gara buckled down with nobody out and Wright on second, getting back-to-back grounders, and two batters later Phegley gunned down Wright at third as he was trying to move up on a wild pitch.
The Louisville pen proved incredibly effective, as Derek Self did not allow a run in three innings and surrendered just one hit and one walk. That allowed the U of L offense to tie the game up in the seventh. Matt Carr gave up an infield single and a Texas Leaguer to left around a foulout, and Dominguez followed by singling through the left side to bring a run home. Squires came out of the bullpen looking for a double play, but he surrendered a wild pitch to move the runners into scoring position and Wunderlich delivered a two-run single to center to tie the ballgame.
After Gavin Logsdon started the eighth by retiring the first two men and allowing a pair of two-out hits, U of L called on freshman sensation Zych, who struck out pinch-hitter T.C. Knipp to end the inning. Then in the ninth, Squires gave up a leadoff walk and Dominguez' two-run homer to push Louisville ahead. Zych finished off the game with a 1-2-3 ninth to send the Cardinals home victorious.
Indiana will take on the Sycamores on Wednesday at Sembower Field at 4 p.m. GameTracker and live audio for the game will also be available on IUHoosiers.com.
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