Feb. 27, 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The 15th-ranked Louisville Cardinals piled up 15 runs over three innings and defeated the Michigan State baseball team, 17-6, on Saturday night in Clearwater, Fla., in the second game of the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge for each team. MSU is now 4-2 while Louisville remains undefeated at 6-0.
Louisville's Andrew Clark knotted the game at 2 in the bottom of the third with a two-RBI single. The Cardinals' offense then put up six more runs in the fourth and extended their lead to 8-2. UL's Stewart Ijames started things with a two-run homer and the Cardinals went on to score four more runs with two outs and chased MSU starter Tony Bucciferro from the game.
A fielder's choice RBI by Chris Roberts got the Spartans a run back in the fifth inning but the Cardinals sent 15 batters to the plate in the sixth and exploded for nine runs to put the game out of reach.
Louisville starter Dean Kiekhefer limited the Spartans to just three hits over six innings to earn his first win of the year. A trio of Cardinal relievers combined to hold the Spartans to just one hit over the final three frames.
Bucciferro suffered the loss for MSU and fell to 0-2.
The Spartans will meet West Virginia on Sunday at 1 p.m. in their final game of the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge.