WVU (32-14, 11-10) and Louisville (33-16, 13-8) have met a total of seven times since 2001. The Cardinals took the series, 3-0, last season in Louisville, Ky. The Mountaineers fell 4-3 in game one, 16-5 in game two and 9-8 in game three. Chris Dominguez leads UofL at the plate with 53 runs on 73 hits, including 14 home runs and 12 doubles. The third baseman leads the team with 52 RBIs, .363 batting average and .652 slugging percentage.
The Cardinals will throw left-handed pitcher Justin Marks (5-1, 2.26 ERA, 60 K, 31 BB) against the Mountaineers on Saturday in game one and righty Zack Pitts (5-4, 4.35 ERA, 63 K, 17 BB) in game two. Left-hander Bob Revesz (1-0, 3.91 ERA, 32 K, 11 BB) will most likely pitch on Sunday afternoon.
Senior Tyler Kuhn continues to lead the Mountaineers from the plate with 64 runs on 85 hits, including 31 extra base hits. The shortstop has a .431 batting average on the year and leads the team with a .706 slugging percentage. Third baseman Vince Belnome leads WVU with 61 RBIs and has a .404 batting average on the season while freshman second baseman Jedd Gyorko has a .423 average on the season.
On the mound, the Mountaineers will most likely look to junior right-hander Josh Whitlock (7-4, 4.34 ERA, 57 K, 40 BB) and Stephen Morrison (5-3, 3.99 ERA, 52K, 13 BB) as starters Saturday. Senior Matt Yurish (5-1, 3.90 ERA, 64K, 33 BB) may start Sunday. Sophomore Chris Enourato, who leads the team with six saves, will be counted on as WVU's closer. All three games will be aired live on WAJR AM-1440 and U-92 radio stations.