Louisville rolls past EKU

Senior catcher Jeff Arnold had a pair of hits and a season-high five RBI as the 10th-ranked Louisville baseball team cruised to a 14-3 win over Eastern Kentucky in the Cardinals' final regular season home game on Tuesday night at Jim Patterson Stadium.

With the win, Louisville improved to 43-10 overall, while EKU dropped to 24-25 on the season. The Cardinals also finished 27-4 at home this season for their best record at Jim Patterson Stadium since the ballpark opened in 2005.

Arnold (Louisville, Ky./Male HS) finished 2-for-5 overall at the plate and scored twice, while the five RBI also matched a career high for the Cardinals' co-captain. Four other Louisville players had at least two hits, including junior third baseman Phil Wunderlich (Chicago, Ill./Downers Grove HS), who was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

Senior first baseman Andrew Clark (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine HS) and sophomore second baseman Ryan Wright (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead HS) had two hits and two RBI each, while senior shortstop Adam Duvall (Louisville, Ky./Butler HS) had two hits and an RBI as the Cardinals out-hit the Colonels 15-7. Junior outfielder Josh Richmond (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) added his first home run of the season, three RBI and two runs for Louisville.

On the mound, senior righty Tyler Mathis (Covington, Tenn./Covington HS) earned the win on a staff day for the Cardinals with two shutout innings of hitless work to improve to 2-0 on the season. Junior lefty Bob Revesz (Grove City, Pa./Grove City HS) followed Mathis with a pair of shutout innings of relief, while senior righty Matt Lea (Collierville, Tenn./Houston HS) closed the game with two shutout innings of relief.

The Cardinals jumped on EKU early with eight runs on seven hits and one key error in the first inning to gain command for good. Louisville started the scoring as Duvall reached base with the first of two doubles for him in the inning and then scored on an RBI double by Clark for the 1-0 lead. Moments later, Clark scored the second run of the inning on an RBI single to right center by Wright. That was followed by an error at shortstop by the Colonels' Richie Rodriguez, which allowed Wright to move to second and Wunderlich to reach first and opened the flood gates for the Cardinals to score six more runs in the inning.

One batter later, Richmond sent a 1-1 pitch from EKU starter Austin Rexroat over the left field wall for a 5-0 lead and his first home run since returning to the Cardinals' lineup last weekend after recovering from a broken hand. Later in the inning, Arnold connected for a two-run double to right center to score freshman Cade Stallings (Knoxville, Tenn./Farragut HS) and junior outfielder Drew Haynes (New Albany, Ind./New Albany HS). Duvall closed the scoring in the inning with his second double of the inning, this one to left field to score Arnold for the 8-0 cushion. Rexroat took the loss for the Colonels after giving up eight runs, though just two were earned, on six hits in 0.2 innings to fall to 2-2 on the season.

After EKU broke through in the top of the sixth inning with a pair of runs on Joey Stevens' two-run single, the Cardinals pushed the advantage to 9-2 in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single through the right side to score Haynes.

The Colonels added their final run of the night in the top of the seventh on Anthony Ottrando's team-leading 17th home run of the season only to see Louisville answer back with five runs in the bottom of the inning to end any comeback hopes for EKU. The key hit of the frame came from Arnold with his bases-clearing three-run triple to right center for a 12-3 Cardinals' lead. The triple was the second of the season for Arnold and the fourth of his career. Louisville added its final runs of the night on RBI singles by Wright and Wunderlich for the final 14-3 margin.

Up next, Louisville will close the regular season with an important three-game series at BIG EAST Conference rival Notre Dame. The Cardinals and Fighting Irish will open their series on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET, in a nationally televised contest on ESPNU. The series will continue on Friday at 6 p.m., and will conclude on Saturday at 1 p.m. Live audio play-by-play for all three games at Notre Dame will be available online through CardsTV at www.UofLSports.com.

Louisville Notes

The Cardinals are now 135-47 all-time at Jim Patterson Stadium since the ballpark opened on April 15, 2005.

The eight-run first inning in Tuesday's win is tied for the third highest single inning run total for Louisville this season and the 12th time the Cardinals have scored at least five runs in an inning in 2010.

The 14 runs are the third most scored by the Cardinals this season trailing only the 24 against Rutgers on May 1 and the 17 against Michigan State on Feb. 27.

- The Cardinals lead the all-time series with EKU 58-48-1 and have won 14 of the last 16 overall.

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