LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tenth-ranked Louisville scored five runs in the second inning to take the deciding game of the series from the Miami baseball team 9-0 on Sunday.
The RedHawks fall to 4-8 with the setback while the Cardinals are now 10-4 on the season.
After trading zeroes in the first inning, UL put some traffic on the base paths in the bottom of the second. Nick Solak led off the frame with a double and came around on Collin Lyman’s RBI single. Lyman scored three batters later on an RBI groundout by Sutton Whiting. The Cardinals added three more with two outs as Cole Sturgeon tripled in another run and scored himself on a wild pitch before Jeff Gardner’s RBI double capped the inning.
MU put a run in scoring position in the top of the third as Steve Sada doubled with one out. Jared Ruxer did not allow any further trouble, finishing the inning with a strikeout and a groundout to keep the RedHawks off the board.
Ryan Powers (1-2) settled down after the big second and tossed three more shutout innings for the Red and White, allowing only three base runners in that span.
The Cardinals added two more runs in the sixth on Gardner’s two-run homer and a two-run single by Whiting in the seventh finished the scoring for the afternoon.
Powers ended up pitching five innings for MU, striking out three batters while allowing five runs on five hits and five walks. UL’s Ruxer scattered six hits in seven scoreless innings while fanning six batters.
The RedHawks are back in action on Tuesday when they host Xavier in their home opener. First pitch at Hayden Park is at 6 p.m.