LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 10 Louisville scored in five-straight innings to down the Miami baseball team, 10-1, on Saturday.
MU drops to 4-7 this season as UL (9-4) evened weekend series at a game apiece.
The Cardinals plated two runs in the bottom of the second on Shane Crain’s two-run double with one out. Nathan Williams limited UL’s rally to just those two runs. After being set down in order in the first two innings, the Red and White put together a threat of their own in the third. Max Andresen led off with a double and scored on Matt Honchel’s RBI grounder. Honchel reached base via error in that place, leaving the bases loaded with only one out. Dan Walsh lifted a fly ball to left and Chad Sedio tagged up from third to try and tie it up, but UL left fielder Jeff Gardner threw him out at the plate to end the frame with MU down 2-1.
Louisville added another run on a Will Smith sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third and stranded two Miami base runners in the top of the fourth. A two-out RedHawk miscue opened the door for two more Cardinal runs, which were delivered by Grant Kay’s two-run single that extended UL’s lead to 5-1 after four innings.
Walks by Sedio, Jake Romano and Dan Walsh loaded the bases with one out and brought the tying run to the plate in the fifth inning. It marked the third-straight frame the RedHawks put multiple runners aboard, but Kyle Funkhouser induced a 1-2-3 double play to escape trouble yet again.
UL kept tacking on runs, adding one on a Mike White sacrifice fly in the fifth and plating three on a Miami error and Kay’s RBI groundout in the sixth to go up 9-1 after six innings of play. A solo homer by Sutton Whiting in the eighth capped UL’s scoring for the day at 10-1.
Williams (0-2) took the loss after pitching into the sixth inning. The junior struck out four batters in five plus innings, allowing eight runs (five earned) on seven hits while walking four.
The RedHawks and 10th-ranked Cardinals wrap up their weekend series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Ryan Powers will toe the rubber for Miami.