No. 9 University of Louisville (1) scored 10 unanswered runs in route to an 11-2 win over St. Louis (4) in game one of the NCAA tournament. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Tony Zych earned the win with three and one-third scoreless innings out of the Cards’ bullpen. Zych surrendered just three hits and struck out five while walking none. At the plate UofL was led by senior first baseman Andrew Clark, who was 3-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored.
Five UofL batters tallied at least two hits in the game, and sophomore shortstop Ryan Wright slugged his sixteenth home run of the season. UofL fell behind 2-1 in the fourth inning, but tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a Josh Richmond sacrifice fly. The Cards then took the lead on an RBI double from freshman designated hitter Zak Wasserman and didn’t look back. (Box Score)
Player of the game: RHP Tony Zych — The sophomore pitcher began the season as a weekend starter for UofL but moved to the bullpen after a lackluster performance. Zych has had his ups and downs in the pen, but Friday’s performance is certainly a season highlight as he shut the St. Louis offense down long enough for UofL to take a commanding lead. He allowed no runs on three hits and struck out five while walking none in three and one-third innings.