Here is your Big East Recap for May 8th.
Louisville 10 St. John’s 8
QUEENS, N.Y. – With the game tied and two outs in the seventh inning, freshman Ryan Wright hammered a two-run home run over the wall in left field to lift the Louisville baseball team to a 10-8 series-opening road win over St. John’s on Friday night at Jack Kaiser Stadium.
The entertaining BIG EAST series opener between the second-place Cardinals and third-place Red Storm featured four ties and four lead changes, with the final lead change coming with Wright’s fourth home run of the season. The Louisville win, combined with South Florida’s 8-5 loss at Notre Dame, moved the Cardinals (35-13, 15-6 BIG EAST) to within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Bulls and 1 1/2 games ahead of St. John’s (27-17, 14-8).
With Louisville trailing 8-7 to start the seventh inning, junior second baseman Adam Duvall led off with a double to left center off St. John’s reliever Eddie Medina. After moving to third on a groundout to the right side by junior first baseman Andrew Clark, Duvall tied the game at 8-8 on an RBI sacrifice fly to right field by junior third baseman Chris Dominguez. Sophomore outfielder Phil Wunderlich followed with a double to set the stage for Wright, who connected on a 2-0 pitch from Medina for his fourth home run of the season.
Pittsburgh 7 UConn 5
NORWICH, Conn. – The University of Pittsburgh grabbed an early lead and never looked back, dropping the University of Connecticut 7-4, here at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn.
Nate Reed (3-5) pitched six and two thirds strong innings to record his third win of the season, scattering eight hits and striking out four. Josh Smith picked up his second save in as many opportunities, dominating the ninth inning with three straight strikeouts to secure Pitt’s 11th Big East win of the season.
John Schultz finished 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and Sedon recorded two RBI, tying a game-high.
Pitt (26-16, 11-10 Big East) broke a scoreless game in the top of the third with a two-out RBI single from Chris Sedon. After Matt Barnes struck out Cory Brownsten and Zach Duggan to start the inning, Schultz singled and Morgan Kielty took first after being plunked by Barnes. Sedon drove Barnes’ first-pitch offering into center field, scoring Schultz.
Notre Dame 8 South Florida 5
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Senior Ryan Connolly drilled his first career home run and sophomore Todd Miller tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to pick up his third save to lead Notre Dame past BIG EAST leader USF, 8-5, in college baseball action from Frank Eck Stadium Friday night. The Irish improve to 28-19 overall and 12-10 in the conference, while the Bulls drop to 30-18 and 17-5.
Miller (Franklin, Tenn.) entered the game with Notre Dame clinging to a three-run lead and the tying run at the plate in the top of the seventh inning. The right-handed hurler got out of the jam in the seventh, tossed a perfect eighth and worked around a one-out single in the ninth to pick up the save. Miller struck out three and did not walk a batter.