--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville faced off in a Top-10 matchup on Tuesday. Ole Miss was in town, and fought Louisville deep in the game. It may have taken extra-innings, but the Cardinals were able to get away with a 4-3 win, after an RBI from Zach Britton.
The righty pitched well for the first six innings of his game, before he allowed the Rebels to tie the game in his last inning of work. Before that, he only allowed two hits, and no earned runs. Smith went 6.1 innings, and gave up three runs, all earned, on six hits and one walk. He struck out four batters.
Tyler Fitzgerald knocked a ball out of the park, on the second pitch of the second at-bat of Louisvile’s game. He ripped a breaking ball deep to left field, beating his third home run, 17th and 18th RBI of the season. He also drove in Jake Snider. Snider tallied his 16th run of the season.
Fitzgerald notched his 19th season RBI in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, he proved he could hit both ways, and laid down a soft bunt to third base; driving in Justin Lavey, and beat out the throw to first.
Ole Miss starter Doug Nikhazy went six innings, and allowed three runs, all earned, on five hits and two walks. Five of the 25 Cardinals he faced struck out.
Louisville’s lead fell apart in the top of the seventh. To lead the inning off, Kevin Graham looped a double into shallow right field on the second pitch of his at-bat, and scored Ryan Olenek. Then, Cole Zabowski scored on a wild pitch. Graham scored on a soft infield single one batter later.
Michael Kirian came on to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 10th, Snider hit a massive triple to left-center field with one out. Mississippi went with the ultra-rare double intentional-walk; and sent Zach Britton to the plate. Britton hit a sharp single to right to end the game.
Louisville moves to 12-4 (2-1 ACC). The Cardinals will face off against the Rebels again tomorrow, at noon. It will be Elementary School Day.