No. 9/9 Louisville Bests Baseball, 7-4, in Midweek Matchup

Junior John McCambridge

Junior John McCambridge

March 16, 2010

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - On Elementary School Day at No. 9/9 Louisville's Patterson Stadium, the Xavier baseball team dropped a 7-4 contest to the Cardinals in front of a packed house Tuesday afternoon.

The Musketeers were led by junior catcher Ryan Bellamy who went 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored. Six other Musketeers tallied a hit in the game as well.

Xavier (2-13) got things going in the second inning as junior Ben Thomas led off with a base hit to right and senior Bobby Freking got Thomas to third with a double to left. Junior Phil Bauer singled to right to bring home Thomas leaving runners on the corners. With Bellamy at the plate, the Louisville pitcher was called for a balk and Freking scored XU's second run of the inning. Heading into the bottom of the second, the Musketeers led, 2-0.

Louisville (15-1) answered in the third as Adam Duvall sent his fifth home run of the season over the left field fence, also scoring the U of L base runner on first. A two-RBI double later in the inning gave the Cardinals their first lead of the game and Louisville held the 4-2 advantage after three complete.

The Musketeers got a run back in the fifth after Bellamy led off with a single and made it to second on a Cardinal error. Senior Drew Schmidt moved Bellamy to third with a fielder's choice and the catcher crossed home on a base hit by McCambridge to cut the lead to one, 4-3.

In the bottom of the fifth, Louisville put up two runs on three hits. With runners on second and third, Cade Stallings singled up the middle to push the U of L lead to three, 6-3. In the sixth, U of L's Duvall went the distance again for a solo shot to left and the Cardinals held the four-run advantage, 7-3, after six.

Bellamy led off the seventh with a double down the right line and made it around to the hot corner on a ground out by redshirt freshman Mark Elwell. Freshman Patrick Paligraf collected an RBI on his ground out as Bellamy touched the dish on the play setting the score at 7-4 in favor of Louisville, which would prove to be the final margin.

Freshman Markus Kuykendoll (0-2) took the loss for the Musketeers after putting in five innings of work. He gave up six runs on 11 hits and struck out two while walking three. Sophomore Josh Deeg provided two innings of middle relief while redshirt sophomore Josh Murphy closed out the game for XU.

Derek Self (3-0) got the win for the Cardinals as he tossed five innings giving up two earned runs on five hits while striking out three and walking none.

The Musketeers will return home this weekend as they play host to Oakland for a three-game series March 19-21. First pitch on Friday is set for 3 p.m. at Hayden and admission is free.