#14 Indiana, Walk-Off Victim at #10 Louisville
May 8, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Wednesday night's top-15 showdown between #14 Indiana (36-10) and #10 Louisville (39-10) lived up to the billing, ultimately ending with a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth for the Cardinals. UL salvaged the season series after dropping two previous meetings with the Hoosiers earlier in 2013.
Indiana's Will Coursen-Carr put together an effort worthy of the win, but had to settle for a no decision after a pair of defensive errors behind him opened the door for two unearned runs to come across in the seventh inning. The freshman from Fort Wayne, Ind., had a shaky first two innings before honing in and blanking Louisville the next four frames. Coursen-Carr's final line read: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.
Meanwhile, Louisville's pitching staff went seven deep, holding the Hoosiers to four hits. Reliever Cody Ege was lights out, allowing no baserunners and striking out six in three innings of work.
Defensive deficiencies proved fatally detrimental in this one as all three errors allowed an unearned run to come across for the Cards.
Louisville's first of two sacrifice flies came in the second stanza, good for a 1-0 lead.
The top of the fourth began with Michael Basil getting plunked for a team-high 12th time this season. Dustin DeMuth reciprocated the pain in the next at-bat, blasting a two-run homerun off an image of his face on the video board located in right-center field. Another bean ball followed, putting Casey Smith aboard with no outs. Two batters later, Justin Cureton lined a shot into centerfield to score Smith and give IU a 3-1 lead.
That's where the score remained until the aforementioned two-error seventh gave way to the second and third unearned tallies. Louisville seized the extra chances and pounced in the ninth. Cole Sturegon led off with a double in the gap, advanced to third on a sac bunt and came home on a walk-off sac fly by Danny Rosenbaum.
Bart Kaufman Field will play host to a three-game series between Indiana and Northwestern this weekend. It marks the final home regular season games of 2013.
Check back soon