MuskeMusketeers Drop Pitcher's Dual Against Louisville, 3-0
March 19, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Xavier baseball team was denied its 10th straight victory Saturday, as the team fell to Louisville, 3-0, Saturday afternoon at Patterson Stadium.
The loss snaps the Musketeers' longest-winning streak in program history and gives them a 13-6 record on the year. Louisville, ranked 19th in the nation by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, improves to 12-6 on the year.
Pitching ruled Saturday's game, which contrasted the series' first game that featured a combined 20 runs and 27 hits. Both teams combined for 13 hits, none of which were extra base hits.
Louisville got on the board first in the second inning with three-straight singles. The second single scored the Cardinal's leadoff hitter of the inning. UL pushed across the inning's second run with a bases-loaded walk to Drew Haynes.
The Cardinals went up by three runs in the fourth when Cade Stallings, who started off the inning with a single to center, came around to score on the third hit of the inning.
Xavier had scoring chances in the first and fifth innings. The Musketeers left two men on base, and also had three men reach scoring position. In the fifth, John McCambridge grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Jon Richard lost his second game of the season and is now 2-2 on the year. He pitched seven innings for the Musketeers, allowing three earned runs on seven hits, while striking out three and walking two.
Justin Amung (4-0) was the winning pitcher for Louisville. He went seven scoreless innings, surrounding five hits while striking out seven. Tony Zych earned his sixth save of the year, by striking out two in the ninth.
Daniel Rod led the Musketeers by going 2-for-3 in the game
The Musketeers, who won the first game of the series 11-9, will go for the series victory beginning at 1 p.m.