University of Louisville shortstop Adam Duvall bounces a pitch off home plate during the eighth inning of Friday’s baseball game against Seton Hall. Not the best day for Duvall who was hitless in four at-bats. U of L won, 4-2.
Andrew Clark Schools Seton Hall Catcher
Big guy, Andrew Clark. Stands 6-foot-3, weighs 225. All muscle.
Better be ready Frank Esposito, Seton Hall catcher.Â He’s barreling down on you from third base.Â Hold on to that ball. Got it. Here he comes.
Boom. Where’d the ball go? Oh, there it is, over there. Runner safe.
Clark had led off the eighth inning with the score tied 2-2. A towering blast to right center, putting him on third base with his second triple of the season.
He headed for home plate while Ryan Wright was arriving at first base on a fielder’s choice. Clearly beaten by the ball, Clark had no choice but to go full force. Esposito was examined by the team trainer for several minutes, and left the game after the inning was over.
Louisville would go on to win 4-2, notching its seventh consecutive win, improving its record to 31-6 overall and 10-4 in the Big East.
Clark had doubled in the fourth, crossing the plate after a Wright single.
The Louisville first baseman is the leading hitter on the team, with a hefty .388 batting average. Opposing pitchers — and catchers — hate to see him coming coming their way.
The best entertainment dollar, well, it’s free for now, in town is University of Louisville baseball at Jim Patterson Stadium. U of L is scheduled to take on Seton Hall in a three-game series this weekend, opening Friday with a 6 p.m. game. The 11th ranked Cardinals are 30-6 overall and 9-3 in the Big East Conference. The starting pitcher nod will probably go to Thomas Royse (7-1). Below, U of L President James Ramsey, with his unusual delivery, throws the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday prior to a 7-4 win over Western Kentucky. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Reliever Tony Zych is welcomed to the mound in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game against Western Kentucky University. Zych shut down the Hilltopper bats, striking out five batters and allowing only one hit in two and two-third innings. The University of Louisville won, 7-4, and the win went to starting pitcher Justin Amlung. It was U of L’s sixth straight win. (Click to enlarge photo)
Dan McDonnell’s goal for University of Louisville baseball is to go far in the College World Series this season but he never expected the journey to be without significant challenge.
Going into the West Virginia series, U of L had dropped three of its last five games on the road. “Playing on the road is especially difficult in baseball,” he said recently. “Every venue presents a different set of obstacles, with sometimes unique playing surfaces and unusual ball park dimensions. Sometimes you just hope to keep your head above water.”
His team did better than that over the weekend, closing out a three-game sweep over the Mountaineers on Sunday with a 10-1 win behind the one-hit pitching of sophomore Gabriel Shaw through seven innings.
Shaw’s six strikeouts are a season-high and just one short of a career high. Seventy-two of his 102 pitches were strikes.
Louisville is currently riding a five-game win streak, returning to Jim Patterson Stadium for a 6 p.m. Wednesday game against a strong Western Kentucky University team and a three-game series with Seton Hall this weekend.