--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The weather was warm, and so were the bats at Jim Patterson Stadium. No. 4 Louisville defeated Western Kentucky, 11-4.
The lead switched for the first few innings, but behind a long fourth And fifth, Louisville was able to secure a victory over one of the other in-state schools.
Jack Perkins started for Louisville, and did not have a great outing. He threw 42 pitches over three innings, but gave up four runs, all earned. Perkins allowed three hits, walked one, had one wild pitch, and struck out only two.
Perkins allowed a run to score in the top of the second. Nick Brunson hit a solo-shot home run to center field on the second pitch of his at-bat.
Alex Binelas, ACC player of the week for two of the past three, hit a two-run bomb in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game and give Louisville the lead. Then, Lucas Dunn hit an infield single to plate Danny Oriente.
In the top of the fourth, Western Kentucky regained the lead. Matt Phipps hit an RBI double to left center, scoring one run, and causing Dan McDonnell to pull Perkins. Then, Kevin Lambert hit a sacrifice fly and RBI. Brunson plated the inning’s last run on a single through the left side.
Louisville scored three to cancel Westerns’ effort. Tyler Fitzgerald hit an RBI sacrifice to center. Logan Wyatt plated Zeke Pinkham on an RBI groundout. Then, Binelas recorded an RBI single down the right-field line.
The Cardinals extended the lead in the fifth. They scored three runs. First, Dunn hit an RBI single to right center field. Then, Jake Snider singled to center, scoring Pinkham. Fitzgerald hit an RBI single to center.
Louisville hit a pair of home runs in the bottom of the seventh. First, Fitzgerald the second pitch he saw from Cody Hartness over the left field wall. Then, Binelas bombed a pitch to left-center.
The Cardinals move to 36-9 (15-6 ACC). They head north on I-65 to South Bend for a three-game set against Notre Dame this weekend. They return from their Derby road trip for a game against Vanderbilt on Tuesday, May 7th. The game will be at 7pm.