The Battle of the Bluegrass ended tonight and if you were Kentucky, things went south faster than you could say “go”. The No. 7 Cardinals went to Lexington and snagged a 12-5 victory to split the series with the Cats.
Louisville got their bats going early, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. Cooper Bowman got things going with a lead off single and added another stolen base to his stat line for the season advancing to second base. Henry Davis got on base after an HBP and Alex Binelas would load the bases for the Cards when he hit a single to second base. Trey Leonard was hit by a pitch and it would send Bowman home to give Louisville their first run of the night. Lucas Dunn drew a walk to send Henry Davis across home plate and Dalton Rushing had a two-run RBI sending Alex Binelas and Trey Leonard home. Luke Brown grounded out, but Lucas Dunn added run number five to the board before Christian Knapczyk struck out swinging. Carter Lohman got the start on the mound for the Cards and struck out the first two batters he faced. The Cats would leave two on base and tally no hits during the bottom of the first inning.
Louisville extended their lead in the second inning with a two-run RBI from Alex Binelas and for the second inning in a row, Carter Lohman gave up no hits and once again, the Cats left two runners stranded. He would finish his day with 2IP and 4 K’s. The top of the third inning put the Cards in a very comfortable position, adding two more runs to their lead. Bowman singled to send Dalton Rushing home and Levi Usher grounded out to score Brown and give Louisville a 9-0 lead. Garrett Schmeltz stepped on the mound for Louisville in the bottom of the third inning and gave up 1 hit, but no runs. Dalton Rushing hit a homerun in the top of the fourth inning that would add two more to the scoreboard for Louisville as he sent Lucas Dunn home on his hit. Louisville entered the bottom of the fourth inning with an 11-0 lead but would give up their first run to Kentucky when Rhodes scored on a fly out from Grace with two outs on the board. They also gave up a run in the fifth and sixth innings allowing Kentucky to slowly chip away at Louisville’s lead. Alex Binelas added another RBI single for Louisville in the top of the seventh when he sent Henry Davis home and Tate Kuehner sat the Cats down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
The Louisville offense had fallen asleep, and they went down in order at the top of the eighth inning. Luckily, they had been holding onto a 12-3 lead going into the bottom of the eight because they allowed Kentucky to score two more runs making it a 12-5 game. The Cards got a hit in the top of the ninth but added nothing else to the scoreboard and needed just three more outs to end things in Lexington. With Adam Elliott in the game, we knew it wouldn’t take long. He retired the side in order to secure the win for his team.
Louisville has moved to 23-11 on the season and they will host Pittsburgh this weekend for a three-game series.
Friday, April 23 @ 3:00 (ACCN and 1450 WXVW)
Saturday, April 24 @ 1:00 (ANNX and 93.9 The Ville)
Sunday, April 25 @ 1:00 (ACCNX and 93.9 The Ville)