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Cardinals get high Marks in win
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Top-seeded Louisville
capitalized on three Indiana errors to treat their standing-
room only partisan crowd to an 8-2 win to advance into the
winners’ bracket against the number two seed Middle Tennessee
Blue Raiders on Saturday.
The Cardinals’ formula for the win was very
simple. They were very aggressive on the base paths as they have
been all season, took maximum advantage of their eight hits,
played solid defense and made the most of every opportunity
afforded them by their opponent’s mistakes.
starting pitcher Justin Marks (11-2), a junior, was brilliant
through seven innings, allowing just four hits and two runs to
pick up the win.
Marks (left), the Big East Pitcher of the Year,
struck out eight batters and the Cardinals (45-15) shut down
Indiana (32-26) to just two runs after they had been averaging
11.8 runs per game in their run to the Big Ten Tournament
The Big Ten's co-pitcher of the year, Eric Arnett
(12-2), gave up five runs with only one of those earned as he
was victimized by his defense on three occasions. He allowed
just five hits over seven innings to pick up the tough-luck
Phil Wunderlich went 2 for 4 with two RBI,
including a bases-loaded single to break the game open in the
ninth, and had a run scored for Louisville, who had beaten the
Hoosiers twice during the regular season.
The crowd of 4,605 set a Jim Patterson Stadium
record, erasing the previous mark of 4,211 established in their
win over Oklahoma State during the 2007 Super Regional.
Indiana will face off with Vanderbilt in an
elimination game on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Cardinals meet the number two-seeded Middle
Tennessee Blue Raiders at 7 p.m.
(photo by Jimmy Jones)