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Louisville 6 Kentucky 5

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Third baseman Chris Dominguez drilled a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give the University of Louisville baseball team a 6-5 walk-off win over rival No. 17 Kentucky snapping a 22-game non-conference winning streak, in front of a regular season record crowd of 3,652 fans that packed Jim Patterson Stadium Tuesday night.

Collin Cowgill reached on a one-out single in the top of the first, and an out later, UK(30-10) DH Brian Rose hit a two-run home run, his second of the season, for a 2-0 lead.

Rose then opened the fourth with a carbon-copy of his first home run, this time a solo shot that extended the Kentucky lead to 3-0.

The Cards (24-15) took their first lead of the game with a four-run fifth.

Jeff Arnold and Stewart Ijames drew consecutive walks, and an out later freshman Drew Haynes drilled an RBI double down the left field line that put the Cards on the board.

John Dao then followed with a two-run single that put the game into a 3-3 deadlock.

Phil Wunderlich was then hit by a pitch and Justin McClanahan drew his second walk of the game to load the bases for Dominguez who began his full evening of heroics with a sac fly to center to put the Cards on top 4-3.

But the lead would be short lived.

Consecutive two-out doubles by Chris Wade and Tyler Howe knotted the game at four in the sixth, and an RBI double by Rose in the seventh put the Cats back on top 5-4.

That’s when Dominguez brought the overflow crowd to their collective feet.

Facing UK reliever Aaron Lovett, the sophomore slugger took a 2-1 pitch on to a crowded terrace in left field for a 5-5 ball game. The towering shot was his BIG EAST leading 13th of the season, and his 21st home run in his last 48 games, dating back to the 2007 postseason.

Matt Lea (2-0), who had shut the Wildcats down in order in the eighth, stepped to the hill in the ninth and picked up a pair of groundouts, before striking out Cowgill on four pitches to send the tie game into the home half of the ninth.

Josh Richmond singled up the middle to open the inning and moved to second on Haynes’ ninth sac bunt of the season.

An intentional walk to Dao put two on for pinch hitter Tyler Christensen, who walked to load the bases with one out.

McClanahan struck out, setting the stage for Dominguez, who belted Brock Baber’s 2-0 pitch into the gap in left center to plate Richmond for the win.

Lea retired all six he faced, fanning one to earn the win.

He was preceded by freshman starter Thomas Royse, who gave up three runs on six hits, striking out one in 3.2 innings. Fellow frosh Gabriel Shaw tossed 3.1 frames, allowing two runs on six hits to go with a strikeout.

UK reliever Andrew Albers (6-2) was saddled with the loss giving up a run on a hit and two walks in an inning plus.

Dao extended his career-best hit streak to 11 games, and Arnold has now hit safely in a career-best 10 straight.

Dominguez ended his monster night going 2 for 4 at the plate with three RBI. Arnold and Wunderlich each had two hits for the Cards.

The Cardinals have five games remaining in a nine-game home stand, hosting conference rival Cincinnati for a three-game weekend series that begins on Friday at 6:00 p.m. ET at Patterson Stadium. Admission is free.

South Florida 19 FAU 11

BOCA RATON, Fla. – In yet another dramatic game for the University of South Florida baseball team (21-19), the Bulls scored eight runs in the top of the 10th to beat Florida Atlantic 19-11 Tuesday night at FAU Stadium.

USF held a 10-5 lead in the top of the eighth, but the Owls scored six runs in the bottom of the frame to take the 11-10 lead. In the ninth, freshman Stephen Hunt, who was the designated hitter and pitched to a pair of batters in the eighth, sent a leadoff home run over the right field fence to tie the game at 11. USF collected eight in the top of the 10th to pick up its 21st win of the season.

Senior Joey Angelberger sparked the Bulls early in the game, when he sent a grand slam over the left field fence in the third inning, his sixth home run of the season and his third grand slam of the year. The senior first baseman’s last three home runs – at West Virginia, against Louisville and at FAU – have all been grand slams.

USF’s 19 runs are the most scored this season and its 18 hits ties the team’s season record in the category.

The 10-inning contest is the second-longest game of the year for USF, at four hours, 34 minutes. The longest game this season is still the 12-inning game against Indiana State on Feb. 23, which was four hours and 36 minutes.

It took freshman Ryan Lockwood six plate appearances to connect on a single and extend his hitting streak to 23 games. In the game, Lockwood drew a pair of walks, scored three runs and had a stolen base.

Freshman Kyle Eastham, who came in to relieve freshman starter Matt Stull with one out in the bottom of the first, faced 14 batters in 3.2 innings before taking a ball to the back of the neck off of the bat of an Owl. After being attended to on the mound by the athletic trainers, Eastham walked off of the field under his own power.

Six USF pitchers took the mound for the Bulls, combining for 202 total pitches thrown.

In his fourth start at third base, sophomore Victor Pina was 4-of-6, collecting four singles, driving in four runs and scoring twice.

Hunt, who tagged his fourth and fifth double, second home run and 16th and 17th RBI of his rookie campaign, also drew his sixth walk and scored three runs.

After FAU took the early 3-0 lead, both teams scored a run in the second, then USF collected five in the third inning to take the 6-4 advantage. FAU inched to within one in the fifth, but the Bulls added one in the sixth and three in the seventh to take the five-run lead. FAU tallied six in the eighth but the Bulls picked up one in the ninth to tie the game at 11. USF collected eight in the 10th to take the eight-run win.

In the second inning, Hobbs took a pitch to the hip then Hunt doubled to right, setting up junior Chris Rey to send a sac fly to right field, scoring USF’s first run. An inning later, freshman Jonathan Koscso was hit by a pitch then Pina and junior Addison Maruszak each connected on singles to load the bases. Angelberger then stepped to the plate, sending his third grand slam over the left field fence. Lockwood followed the slam by drawing a walk, then was moved to third on a sac bunt from junior Brian Hobbs and a drawn walk by Hunt. Junior Chris Rey tallied his second RBI of the game, plating Lcokwood.

With two outs in the sixth, USF collected three consecutive base hits from junior Cory Johnson, Koscso and Pina. The same three batters each collected another hit in the seventh, as Johnson tallied his 10th RBI of the year and Pina picked up an RBI in back-to-back innings.

Hunt’s solo shot tied the game in the ninth, then the Bulls exploded for eight runs from four hits in the 10th to earn the win. With one out, Lockwood singled up the middle and Hobbs drew a walk in time for Hunt to double to left field and pick up an RBI. Junior Chris Rey was intentionally walked, then junior Trey Manz and freshman Jonathan Koscso each drew bases-loaded walks. Pina sent a double up the middle to collect two more RBI, then Maruszak was hit by a pitch and Angelberger singled to left field to wrap up the inning.

Freshman Matt Stull made his fifth start of the season, but was relieved in the first inning by Eastham after allowing three hits, plunking two batters and forcing an Owl to fly out to centerfield. Sophomore Shawn Sanford earned his fifth win of the year, striking out four while allowing three hits and one run in 2.1 innings.

Coastal Carolina 8 College of Charleston 6

CONWAY, S.C. – The 15th-ranked Coastal Carolina University baseball team (34-7) and the College of Charleston (27-14) went into the late hours of the night before the Chanticleers came away with an 8-6 win April 22 at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field. Coastal plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh to break a six-all tie. The game was delayed for two hours before the first pitch due to a weather system depositing rain in the Conway area.

Coastal won its 10th straight game with the win, matching a season high. The Chanticleers also have won 14 of their last 15 games.

Coastal struck first in the second as junior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) went deep on Clay Caulfield’s first pitch for his sixth home run of the season. Coastal then scored four runs in the third as freshman Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) singled, stole second, went to third on a groundout from junior David Sappelt (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance) and scored on a single from junior Dock Doyle (Conway, S.C./Conway). Senior Tommy Baldridge (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) would walk and then sophomore Adam Rice (Murphy, Texas/Elgin C.C.) went deep to left for his eighth home run of the season.

The Cougars answered with a pair of runs in the fourth as Jeremie Tice hit his 15th home run of the season to center field. Coastal got one back in the fifth as Doyle doubled in Sappelt.

The score would remain the same until the seventh, when C of C’s Brandon Sizemore hit a grand slam off freshman Matt Rein (Houston, Texas/Langham Creek) to tie the game at six. Junior Kent Altman (Conway, S.C./Conway) would come in and induce a double play groundout to end the inning.

In the seventh, Doyle had his third hit of the day, a double to left. Baldridge bunted him over to third and Rice brought him in with a sacrifice fly to left. Anderson then belted his second home run of the game, a shot to straightaway center field. Altman pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and junior Pete Andrelczyk (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Twp.) struck out the side in the ninth, recording the last out at 11:15 p.m., and earning his sixth save of the season.

Altman moved his record to 2-1, pitching 1.2 perfect innings. Freshman Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) started for CCU, pitching six-plus innings and giving up just one hit with five strikeouts and six walks.

Pete VandenBout took the loss for the Cougars. He allowed a run in a third of an inning. Charleston used seven pitchers on the night.

Doyle went 3-for-5 with two RBI in the win, while Anderson had two hits and Rice drove in four runs. For the Cougars, Sizemore had four RBI while Tice brought in two runs.

Coastal will host Wake Forest Wednesday, April 23 at 6 p.m.

Villanova 13 Temple 5

AMBLER, PA (4/22/08) – Villanova scored 12 unanswered runs over its final three at-bats to rally from a 5-1 deficit to beat Temple, 13-5, on Tuesday at Skip Wilson Field. The Owls rode the arm of freshman starter Steve Nikorak (Stroudsburg, PA / Stroudsburg), who allowed just one earned run in six innings, but saw the lead evaporate after a four-run seventh and three-run eighth by the Wildcats. Freshman Byron McKoy (Charlotte, NC / Independence) continued his torrid hitting, going 3-for-4 with a single, double and home run.

Nikorak left the game after six full innings leading 5-1, but was saddled with the no-decision. He scattered five hits and struck out two to lower his team-best ERA to 2.49. After making his debut on the mound on April 2, Nikorak has been nothing short of spectacular in four mid-week appearances, giving his team a chance to win every time on the hill.

McKoy led off the game with a line-drive home run to left-center, his team-leading fourth of the season, and never looked back. The reigning Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week scored three of Temple’s five runs and was on base four times.

The Charlotte, NC native is seven for his last 10 and has raised his average from .301 to .356 during his current eight-game hitting streak. He is batting .486 (18-for-37) during that span.

Villanova’s James Dolbier launched a three-run home run down the leftfield line with two outs as part of a four-run seventh inning that tied the game at 5-5. Winning pitcher Kyle Carver (2-1) led off the eighth with a solo homer to left-center that gave the Wildcats the lead for good. They would add on seven more runs over the next two frames to complete the scoring.

Every Owl starter had at least one hit in the contest. Junior Jamie Abercrombie (Ambler, PA / Hatboro-Horsham) doubled and had a pair of RBI.

Carver picked up the win, despite allowing two earned runs in two innings. Josh Eidell, who entered the game in the eighth with an 8-5 lead, picked up his seventh save of the season.

Sophomore Ryan Thomas (Aliquippa, PA / Center) suffered the loss to fall to 2-2. He allowed three earned runs in an inning of work.

Dolbier, Dan Terpak and Derek Shunk all drove in three runs for Villanova (19-20).

Temple (20-18) will host Fordham in a three-game Atlantic 10 series beginning on Friday. First pitch is set for 3 PM.

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