--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson (Louisville vs. NC State, April 7th, 2018)
The Louisville Cardinals notched win No. 1 of 2019 in dominating fashion- three home runs off the bat of Cardinals. They defeated the Connecticut Huskies, 12-2. Louisville scored in their first four innings, and notched 12 hits and five walks.
Nick Bennett started the game for the Cardinals, and threw 94 pitches and five innings. He allowed two runs, both unearned, and allowed two hits and two walks; while recording four strikeouts.
Jake Snider and Ethan Stringer scored the first two runs of the game. They went home on a first-inning RBI triple courtesy of Logan Wyatt. The hit went to the gap in right-center field. Wyatt came home on a catching error by the third-baseman.
Louisville notched four runs in the second inning. Stringer recorded an RBI groundout, and drove in Lucas Dunn. Then, three runs scored on a massive home run bomb off the bat of Britton. The hit was to right field, and came off a 1-1 breaking ball.
Three runs were scored by the Cardinals in their next frame. Dunn hit an 0-1 fastball out of the park, and scored center fielder Henry Davis. Then, Tyler Fitzgerald gave a full-count fastball a long ride to Joker Marchant Stadium’s right-center field.
UConn pitcher Colby Dunlop could not survive the third inning. He was pulled after giving up 10 runs, 9 earned, on 8 hits, 1 walk, and no strikeouts. Two Cards were hit by the pitch.
Connecticut scored off a wild-pitch strikeout with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third.
Drew Campbell drove in Louisville’s next run with an RBI double to left-center. Wyatt scored. Louisville’s last run was driven in by Davis. The newcomer notched his first RBI via an 0-2 count single to left center. Campbell scored the run.
Anthony Prato drove in the last Connecticut run. He hit an RBI double to the left-field corner.
Garrett Schmeltz came on in the ninth inning to close out the game. He allowed just one walk. Bennett received the win, and Dunlop was awarded the loss.
The 1-1 Cardinals look to take the opening series tomorrow. Senior RHP Bryan Hoeing toes the rubber for Dan McDonnell and the Cardinals. A starting pitcher has not been announced for UConn.