Baseball returns home, wins big

Alec Lowery

After starting the season primarily on the road, the U of L baseball team returned home to Jim Patterson Stadium on Wednesday afternoon and pounded visiting Morehead State. InsideTheVille.com visited with Cardinal head coach Dan McDonnell following the win. (game gallery included)

The University of Louisville's baseball team returned to the friendly confines of Jim Patterson Stadium on Wednesday afternoon for a match-up with in-state foe Morehead State. Louisville, which improved to 4-4 on the season, hit .375 as a team, pounding out 15 hits, en route to a dominating 14-2 victory over the Eagles.

Playing just their second home game of the young season, the Cardinals, who defeated Murray State 12-2 in their home-opener more than a week ago, treated the more than 600 on hand to an impressive offensive and pitching display. Boomer Whiting led the charge with three hits and two stolen bases, while Chris Dominguez, Daniel Burton and Isaiah Howes all enjoyed multi-hit outings.

"We're glad to be home - that‘s for sure," said U of L head coach Dan McDonnell. "The two games at home have been our best games of the year in all three phases - pitching, defense and hitting."

U of L's pitching was equally as impressive on Wednesday, with seven different players allowing just five hits. Skylar Meade, who worked the first three innings, earned the win, striking out a season-high four batters. Colby Wark struck out two during his one inning on the mound.


Chris Cates scores
After spending all but two of it's opening eight games of the 2007 season on the road, the Cardinals win over Morehead State begins a stretch that will have 12 of the next 13 games at Jim Patterson Stadium.

"We've had some tough competition on the road," said McDonnell. "We let a couple games get away from us, but all-in-all we've pitched very well. Our offense has been there for a few days and then it hasn't. The toughest part about the road early in the year is being consistent, so hopefully now with this home stretch we are able to play more consistent baseball."

"We really feel like we could be 7-1 right now if we had done just a few more things," he continued. "Our pitching has been the most consistent part of the team and that is how it is with most teams across the country right now. Our pitching is ahead of our offense so far, but we have shown signs that we can be a good offensive club."

The Cardinals will return to action this weekend in a three game series with Illinois State, with the first game scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Friday. First pitch for the games on Saturday and Sunday is set for 1:00 p.m..

"I think we're going to be tested," said McDonnell. "There's a lot of parity in college baseball and we have some good teams coming in here to play for the next three weeks."

NOTES

  • Senior Chris Cates recorded his fifth sacrifice bunt of the season during the Cardinal's four-run second inning.
  • Isaiah Howes continues to have a hot bat. The senior's 2 for 4 outing on Wednesday upped his team-leading average to .444.
  • With two stolen bases against Morehead State, Boomer Whiting increased his team lead to 11. Chris Cates also stole two bases against the Eagles.
  • Louisville's team batting average improved to .303, while opponents are now hitting just .194 against Cardinal pitching.
  • Western Kentucky, Indiana State, California, Kent State, Xavier and Ball State will all visit Jim Patterson Stadium during the next three weeks.
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