The No. 1 Cardinals took a loss in Atlanta today. Georgia Tech came in with a chip on their shoulders and took down Louisville in a 19-6 win.
Things went quick for Louisville in the top of the first as they went down in order and Adam Elliott would be on the mound sooner than expected. He would give up one hit in the bottom of the first, but still toss a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. The top of the second inning would bring better luck for Louisville. Levi Usher led off with a single to the shortstop and Binelas reached first on a fielder’s choice. He would advance to second on a wild pitch and Usher would score on a wild pitch before Dunn and Rushing both struck out looking. The bottom of the second inning would give Louisville some trouble. Elliott would give up three hits and one run, putting Louisville in a bases loaded situation with no outs on the board. Jenkins was HBP and that would add a second run to the board for the Yellow Jackets. The third run for Georgia Tech would come on a fly out, leaving runners on the corners. Adam Elliott would then give up a three-run homer, putting Tech ahead 6-1 with just one out. It was just the second homerun given up in his career.
Louisville would have another three up, three down inning in the top of the third and more back luck in the bottom. Elliott would give up two more hits and another run to the Yellow Jackets, putting them ahead 7-1. The Cards couldn’t seem to buy a hit through the fourth inning and would go down in order again. Sophomore Garrett Schmeltz took over on the mound for Adam Elliott in the bottom of the fourth inning and immediately gave up a double. A wild pitch would advance the Georgia Tech runner to third with no outs. A fly out would send Parada across the plate for Georgia Tech’s 8th run of the game and it would be followed by a homer for run 9.
The Cards would finally get a couple of hits in the top of the fifth inning as Binelas led off with a double and Dunn would get a single. A single from Dalton Rushing would load the bases for Louisville with no outs. Knapczyk then singled to right field for an RBI and Louisville finally added a second run to the board and still had the bases loaded with no outs. A double play would give the Cards two outs before Luke Brown grounded out to second. The bottom of the fifth brought on more runs for Georgia Tech. A passed ball would get them their first run of the inning and a single from Parada would give them their second run of the inning. An RBI and a single would give the Yellow Jackets their third and fourth runs of the inning. Schmeltz gave up 4 runs and 2 hits in the bottom of the fifth. Henry Davis would get a single to lead off in the sixth inning, followed by outs from Usher and Masterman. Binelas reached first on a fielding error which advanced Davis to second. Dunn then singled to give Louisville loaded bases with two outs. Dalton Rushing grounded out and Louisville came up short in the top of the sixth. Carter Lohman would find himself on the mound in the bottom of the sixth and work his way out of a bases loaded situation and preventing Georgia Tech from extending their lead.
Louisville found some life in the top of the seventh inning. Luke Brown singled to second base sending Knapczyk home and it was followed by a two-run double from Tim Borden II. Louisville now had 5 runs but would not be able to lessen the Georgia Tech lead any further as Usher struck out looking and Leonard grounded out. Alex Binelas would strike out swinging to give Louisville their third out. The bottom of the seventh was a bit of a mess for the Cards. Georgia Tech would add another run on a Louisville throwing error and Carter Lohman had a slip and fall at the mound. A 4-6-3 double play ended the inning with Louisville giving up just one run for the inning. Lucas Dunn got a lead off single up the middle in the top of the eighth. Knapczyk got his third hit of the weekend with a single, putting Dunn in scoring position for Louisville with one out. Jack Payton stepped to the plate and singled to right center for an RBI that would send Dunn home, leaving two on and one out for the Cards. Brown and Borden would both fly out giving Louisville their second and third outs of the inning. Carter Lohman gave up a double to left center that was immediately followed by a single to right field. Georgia Tech now had two runners on base with no outs. A fielder’s choice would send Holland to first and Anderson home for the Yellow Jackets. Lohman walked Strickland in a bases loaded situation, giving Georgia Tech yet another run. It was immediately followed by Thomas getting an RBI ground out making it a 17-6 game. Georgia Tech wasn’t finished twisting the knife yet, another RBI ground out would put them ahead 18-6. They would then get an RBI triple to extend their lead by another run. The inning would end with Louisville giving up 5 runs and 4 hits. The top of the ninth would give the Cards their last chance to do anything. Levi Usher grounded out for the first out, Leonard flied out, but Binelas would double to centerfield before Chris Seng grounded out to end the game.
The rubber match will take place tomorrow at 3:00 on the ACCN. It can be heard on 93.9 The Ville.
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