--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals kicked off Spring Friday. Dan McDonnell’s faced off against Connecticut; in Joker Marchant Stadium, spring training home of the Detroit Tigers.
Louisville lost the game, 3-2. The Cardinals managed to score their three runs on eight hits, and six walks. Louisville allowed 10 hits and 3 base on balls.
Reid Detmers started the game for Louisville. The last time he made an appearance for Louisville, Detmers gave up five runs in two innings against Texas Tech. This time was different. The Sophomore went five innings, and gave up one run, which was earned, on four hits and three walks. He struck out three.
Detmers faced stiff competition. Jeff Kersten pitched six innings of one unearned run baseball. Louisville managed five hits, and three walks against him. Kersten also hit two Cardinals with the pitch.
Louisville scored first. In the bottom of the third inning, Danny Oriente drove in Lucas Dunn on a sacrifice fly to left. The run was unearned- Dunn reached base on a throwing error by Huskies third baseman Conor Moriarty.
Connecticut drove in a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Anthony Prato drove in Anthony Nucerino on an RBI single to left. Moriarty drove in Christian Fedko on a sacrifice fly to center.
The Huskies drove in a run for Louisville in the seventh. Pitcher Chase Gardner walked Justin Lavey 4-0 with the bases loaded, driving in Jake Snider.
Paul Gozzo homered off of Adam Elliott in the top of the eighth inning. The hit was on an 1-1 count, and went deep to left.
Freshman Trey Leonard pinch-ran and managed to reach third base in the bottom of the ninth inning. But with two outs, Lavey struck out swinging on a 2-2 count. Gardner was the winning pitcher. Elliott was the losing pitcher, and Jacob Wallace notched the save.
Louisville looks to get back on track against Connecticut tomorrow. Junior Southpaw Nick Bennett toes the rubber against right-handed Sophomore Colby Dunlop. Start time is 3:00 pm in Lakeland, Florida. Louisville baseball plays their first game at Jim Patterson Stadium Wednesday, February 20th, against Eastern Kentucky.