Baseball Falls at Louisville, 17-1|
April 3, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Marshall University baseball team suffered a 17-1 setback to Louisville at Jim Patterson Stadium on Tuesday on the strength of eight Cardinal home runs, three of which came in a 10-run third inning. The game was called in the top of the sixth inning due to thunderstorms.
Louisville fell behind 1-0 on a Brendan Murphy (Chattanooga, Tenn.) RBI groundout in the first inning that scored Thundering Herd leadoff man Mason Chapman (Barboursville, W.Va.). The Cardinals then wasted no time getting their offense going, hitting two home runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead. Justin McClanahan hit a two-run shot off starter Ryan Kiel (Los Gatos, Calif.), then two batters later Chris Dominguez hit a solo homer.
Kiel retired the Cardinals in order in the second inning, but Louisville erupted for 10 runs on eight hits in the third inning. Logan Johnson hit the first of his two home runs, a two-run shot, followed by McClanahan's second homer of the day in the next at bat. After walking the next two batters, Marshall coach Jeff Waggoner replaced Kiel with Alan Gentry (Hot Springs, Ark.). After a pop-up and another walk, catcher Derrick Alfonso hit a grand slam to left center field.
Louisville (20-8) would go on to score three more runs in its biggest offensive output of the season. The Cardinals held Marshall (14-12) to only two hits, both of which came in a scoreless top of the third.
The three and four Cardinal hitters went a combined 7-for-7 as McClanahan finished 4-for-4 with five RBI and Johnson 3-for-3 with four RBI. No other Cardinal had a multiple-hit day in UL's 15-hit performance.
Chapman went 1-for-1 with two walks and a run scored for Marshall while Nate Lape (Huntington, N.Y.) was 1-for-2.
UL's Andrew Salguiero (2-0) claimed the win for the Cardinals, throwing 3.0 innings with two hits and one earned run and three strikeouts. Kiel falls to 3-2 on the season. He allowed eight earned runs on four hits in two innings of work.
Marshall will play former Mid-American Conference rival Ohio on Wednesday in Athens, Ohio. Game time at Bob Wren Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m.