Louisville Upends Hoosiers in NCAA Opener
May 29, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Indiana pitching staff surrendered just seven hits, but three costly errors doomed the Hoosiers in an 8-2 loss to Louisville on Friday night in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Eric Arnett was credited with a loss for the first time since March 7, falling to 12-2 on the season. IU (32-26) will take on Vanderbilt (34-26) tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the loser's bracket of the Louisville Regional.
Arnett went seven innings, giving up five hits, four walks and three hit batsmen in the game, but just one of the five runs he surrendered was earned. The big righty struck out six to push his season total to 109, matching the single-season record for an IU pitcher. Former major leaguer Vernon Wilshere struck out 109 in 1936.
Justin Marks pitched very well for Louisville to collect the victory. The lefty allowed just four hits and two walks, striking out eight in his seven innings to improve to 11-2 on the year. Gavin Logsdon and Gabriel Shaw pitched the eighth and ninth, respectively, to finish off the win for the Cardinals.
The Hoosiers struck first with a pair of runs in the second inning. Kipp Schutz started the damage by lacing an outside fastball through the left side for a leadoff single. Vince Gonzalez was then hit by a pitch after squaring around to bunt to put two on with nobody out and Brian Lambert delivered a successful sacrifice to move them into scoring position. Tyler Rogers followed by delivering the first run on a sac fly and Jake Dunning drove a line-drive single into left to score the second run to give IU a 2-0 lead.
But Louisville bounced back to take advantage of a pair of IU miscues in the second to gain a 3-2 edge. Ryan Wright drew a leadoff walk and then Jeff Arnold and John Dao reached on consecutive errors to load the bases with nobody out. Drew Haynes then delivered the first run of the day with a single to left that plated Wright to make the score 2-1. Josh Richmond and Adam Duvall followed with consecutive sac flies to give U of L a 3-2 edge heading into the third inning.
The Cardinals threatened in the bottom of the third, but Arnett and the arm of Josh Phegley got the Hoosiers out of the jam. With runners at the corners and nobody out, Phil Wunderlich took off on a 1-2 pitch. Wright swung through a high fastball and Phegley gunned down to second to nail Wunderlich for a double play. Arnett then sent down Arnold swinging to end the inning.
In the fifth, it was another miscue that helped the Cardinals to score two more runs. Chris Dominguez came up with two outs and nobody on and ripped a ball up the middle, taking second as Indiana was lackadaisical in getting the ball back into the infield. The Hoosiers then elected to walk Wunderlich intentionally to put two on with two down. IU appeared poised to get out of the jam when Wright popped a ball up on the right side, but Jerrud Sabourin mishandled it and two runs scored to make it 5-2.
The Cardinals scored three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to make it 8-2. The first run scored on a wild pitch for U of L and the home squad plated two more on a two-run single by Wunderlich.
IU will try to stay alive in the double-elimination Louisville Regional tomorrow against Vandy, which lost 5-4 to Middle Tennessee State in the first game of the day at Jim Patterson Stadium on Friday. Indiana will need to win four consecutive contests to advance to the Super Regional out of the loser's bracket.
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