Louisville Hot Bats Beat Indiana
May 8, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Freshman shortstop Evan Crawford launched his first career home run, but BIG EAST power Louisville dropped the Indiana baseball team, 16-3, on a sunny Tuesday afternoon at Sembower Field. The Hoosiers fell to 16-29 on the season, while the Cardinals improved to 33-15.
Entering the contest hitting .312 as a team and holding a 2.82 team ERA, Louisville displayed why those numbers were so lofty. U of L pounded out 20 hits and held IU scoreless on just two hits over the final six innings.
Senior southpaw Skylar Meade (7-2) earned the victory after allowing three runs in five innings. The Cardinal bullpen kept the Hoosier bats in check, giving up just one run and one walk in the final four innings.
After Louisville scored a run in the top of the first off of IU starter Matt Bashore (4-5), Crawford's blast evened the score at 1-1 in the home half of the inning. The Cardinals jumped ahead 5-1 with four in the third before Indiana chipped away at the lead.
Senior second baseman Keith Haas and Crawford opened the bottom of the frame with back-to-back singles and moved to second and third following a sacrifice bunt by sophomore center fielder Andrew Means. Meade hit senior first baseman Ben Greenspan with a pitch to load the bases for freshman catcher Josh Phegley, who delivered a two-out, two-run single to make it 5-3.
Third baseman Justin McClanahan gave Louisville some breathing room in the top of the fifth, blasting a three-run homer to center field. U of L went on to tally at least one run in the remaining four innings en route to the victory.
Crawford finished the contest 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored, while Phegley added two hits in three at-bats along with his two RBI.
McClanahan went 4-for-5 with five RBI, his home run and a double. Right fielder Daniel Burton (2 RBI) and left fielder Isaiah Howes (RBI) each added three hits and scored three times.
The teams will square off again tomorrow evening, as the Hoosiers travel to Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville for a 6 p.m. EDT showdown. Junior right-hander Chris McCombs (1-3, 4.68 ERA) will take the hill for Indiana against junior right-hander James Belanger (1-2, 3.69 ERA).
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