Cards shutout Ohio State

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Sophomore righty Justin Amlung pitched a career-best 7.2 innings of shutout baseball to lead the 20th-ranked Louisville Cardinals to a 2-0 win over Ohio State on Saturday at the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge at Bright House Field.

With the win, the Cardinals improved to 2-0 on the season, while Ohio State dropped to 0-2 overall. Louisville will close the weekend on Sunday at 10 a.m., against Minnesota at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg.

In Saturday's win, Amlung (Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier HS) was terrific allowing just four hits with four strikeouts in the best outing of his career. The 7.2 innings of workout surpassed his previous career-long appearance of 7.0 innings on May 28, 2010, against USF at the BIG EAST Championship at Bright House Field. Amlung also extended his career shutout streak against Ohio State to 12.2 innings dating back to his 5.0 innings of scoreless work against the Buckeyes in Columbus on May 4, 2010.

With Amlung in command of the OSU hitters, the Cardinals finally broke through for the game-winning run against Buckeyes' senior righty Dean Wolosiansky in the seventh inning. The scoring opportunity started with freshman designated hitter Ty Young (Coatesville, Pa./Malvern Prep) leading off the inning with one of his three walks on the day. After a pair of outs were recorded, freshman Ryan Seiz (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock HS) singled up the middle to move Young to third base and set the stage for sophomore third baseman Cade Stallings (Knoxville, Tenn./Farragut HS), who sent a 1-2 pitch from Wolosiansky, who took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season, into left field to score Young for the 1-0 advantage.

The Cardinals added an insurance run in the ninth inning as Young led off with another walk and scored moments later on an RBI double to left center by junior second baseman Ryan Wright (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead HS) for the final 2-0 margin.

After senior righty Gabriel Shaw (Paducah, Ky./St. Mary's HS) came out of the Louisville bullpen to record the final out of the eighth inning, junior righty Tony Zych (Monee, Ill./St. Rita HS) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save in as many days and seal the Cardinals' win.

The shutout was the first for Louisville since a 5-0 win over Georgetown on May 7, 2010. The Cardinals had five shutout wins last season, including one (2-0 vs. Michigan) at the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge.

Following Sunday's game against Minnesota, the Cardinals will open their home slate at Jim Patterson Stadium on Friday at 3 p.m., ET in game one of a three-game series against Toledo.

Louisville Notes

- With Saturday's win, Louisville improved to 7-3 all-time against Ohio State and extended their winning streak to six overall against the Buckeyes.

- The Cardinals are 22-2 against Big Ten Conference opponents in Dan McDonnell's five seasons as head coach. Louisville has won 10 straight overall against Big Ten teams.

- Louisville improved to 5-0 all-time in the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge.

- With one game still to be completed on Saturday night at the Challenge, the BIG EAST held a narrow 8-7 lead over the Big Ten.

- The Cardinals are now 14-4 all-time at Bright House Field, the spring training home to the Philadelphia Phillies and the host facility for the BIG EAST Championship. Louisville won back-to-back BIG EAST Tournament titles at the ballpark in 2008 and 2009.

- Live audio play-by-play for all of Louisville's games at the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge will be available to subscribers of CardsTV at will also be providing live streaming video for 13 of the 24 games at the 2011 BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge, including all of the Cardinals' games. Live scoring for all of Louisville's games will also be available through the Gametracker feature at

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