--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
For the second time in three games, Louisville went to extra innings. For the first time in as many games, they couldn’t win an extra-inning game.
The Louisville Cardinals lost to the Xavier Musketeers 5-4. Despite this, Lucas Dunn had another great outing. He scored his 11th run of the season Tuesday, and touched home plate twice. Dunn finished 2 for 5, and struck out once.
Luke Smith started his second game of the season, and was not as sharp his second outing. He went five innings, but gave up three runs, all earned, on six hits and no walks. For comparison sake, he went six innings of no earned-run baseball in his first start. Smith still owns a 2.84 ERA.
Two of Smith’s runs were allowed in the first inning. Conor Grammes singled in Chris Givin with no outs. Then, Ryan Altenberger hit a fly ball deep enough to score Jake Shepski.
Louisville was able to tie the game, though. Lucas Dunn trotted home after Tyler Fitzgerald hit a sacrifice fly deep to left. Then, Jake Snider reached home plate after Danny Oriente singled a 2-2 throw to right field. It was Oriente’s third RBI. Fitzgerald’s RBI was his 11th of the season.
Xavier scored one more run in the top of the fourth. Jack Housinger hit an RBI single through the left side of the infield.
Snider tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. He nabbed his third RBI off a double down the line in left, plating Dunn.
Xavier starter Matt Kent only threw 4.1 innings. He surrendered three runs, all earned, on five hits and two walks. His ERA increased to 5.59.
The Musketeers drove in their fourth run of the game in the top of the eighth. Grammes scored on a wild pitch.
Drew Campbell tied the game in their half of the eighth. Henry Davis ripped an RBI double down the line in left, and gained his third RBI of 2019.
With runners on the corners and no outs, Xavier sent a man home on a passed ball.
Louisville put runners on base in the bottom of the 10th. They put two in scoring position with one out. Then, Davis hit a shallow flyout to short right-center field. Justin Lavey struck out to end the game.
Despite the loss, Louisville still won the game for Chris Mack.
Louisville moves to 5-3. They host a series against James Madison this weekend. Game one features projected starter and ACC pitcher of the week Reid Detmers, searching for another stellar outing. The game will be at 4pm.
Mike Gilpatrick is the senior baseball correspondent for River City Cards... MORE