Louisville beat up Indiana at Sembower Field today, 16-3. The Cardinals are now 33-15 and one of the hottest team's in the nation. UL certainly played the part of redhot team well in belting out 20 hits including three homers.
A bit surprising to me was that Indiana trotted out freshman hurler Matt Bashore, arguably their most impressive arm, for this early week match-up. Of course, he did miss his turn due to the rain in Iowa on Sunday. (At least, that's the thinking I'm going with.) The first year Hoosier didn't last long against the potent UL offense. Fellow freshmen Evan Crawford (two hits including his first homer) and Josh Phegley (two hits, two RBI) led the IU bats.
UL thirdbaseman Justin McClanahan was 4 for 5 with a run scored and five RBI. Daniel Burton had three hits, three runs and two RBI.
Michigan State beat Western Michigan, 10-6. Ryan McFarlane posted his first win going seven innings and allowing only three hits. 1B Evan Friedland had three hits and three RBI for the Spartans. Steve Gerstenberger also had three hits. Dennis Jones and E.J. Daws both drove in a pair of runs. Eli Boike, Sean Walker and Justin Potes all had two hits. Western's Matt Abro had three RBI.
Miami (Ohio) took out Purdue, 9-4. It's a tough midweek loss for the Boilers. Purdue sent a number of their better arms to the hill -- Ricky Heines, Andew Groves, Josh Lindblom, Chris Ivanic and Dan Sattler -- but, still couldn't prevent a Miami triumph. The Boilermakers' Ryne White, who has taken over the conference batting race, had two more hits against the RedHawks. One of Jon Moore's two hits was his first homer of 2007. Miami catcher Eric Darlage had three hits and three RBI. Darlage went yard for the fourth time this season.