--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville is in a tough position. The Cardinals dropped regional game four.
Illinois State, ranked No. 26 in the college baseball RPI, defeated the Louisville Cardinals 4-2 in an impressive pitching performance. Their starter, Matt Walker, threw a 127-pitch complete game.
Walker surrendered just two runs, both earned, on six hits and two walks. He struck out seven Louisville hitters. He received the win, and his record moved to 5-8.
Louisville’s ace, Reid Detmers, started the game for the Cardinals. He only threw seven innings, and gave up four runs, all earned, on three hits and three walks. It was better than his last start, but was not as good as how he had pitched earlier this season. Detmers still struck out 11 batters. He also received the loss.
Detmers allowed his first run in the bottom of the fourth (Louisville was the road team due to the tournament). Joe Aeilts hit a double down the line in left to score Jordan Libman.
The Cardinals led briefly. In the sixth, Tyler Fitzgerald plated Justin Lavey on an RBI groundout to third. Then, Logan Wyatt drove Lucas Dunn in on a first-pitch single to John Rave.
Illinois State gained their lead back in the bottom half of the inning. Rave went home after Aeilts hit into a fielder’s choice. Jeremy Gailes drove in two runs on an RBI down the left field line to Jake Snider.
The Cardinals went down in order in the top of the ninth. Walker forced three consecutive groundouts to end the game.
Dan McDonnell and Co. now have a tough task ahead of them: winning three games in less than two days to survive. At noon, the Cardinals will rematch with Indiana (Louisville won 8-7 in 12 innings on May 14th in Bloomington). Then, if they survive, Louisville will face off against Illinois State at 6 pm. If Louisville wins that game, they will play one more time on Monday.