--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals hosted Eastern Kentucky, and came away with their second win of the season.
Louisville won 5-1. Due to weather, the game was rescheduled from Wednesday at 3 to Tuesday. The date change led to an interesting first inning. And an interesting first led to an interesting game. Almost all runs scored were on manufactured runs and errors. There was an RBI groundout, two wild pitches, and an error that all resulted in a run.
JuCo pitcher Luke Smith pitched six marvelous innings of 2 hit baseball, and only allowed one run, which was unearned. Smith also struck out six over 91 pitches thrown.
Louisville scored three runs in the first inning off one hit. Lucas Dunn walked to start the game. Then, Jake Snider reached second on a dropped fly ball by EKU’s center fielder. Dunn and Snider both went home on the only hit of the inning; which was an RBI double by Tyler Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald later scored on a wild pitch.
Eastern Kentucky pitcher Julian Jackson only pitched two innings. Only one of the runs he surrendered was earned. He also walked two, struck out two, and had one wild pitch.
In the top of the fifth, Corey Conklin scored after a pickoff attempt went wildy wrong. Freshman Henry Davis threw to Logan Wyatt at first, and hit the 330 mark.
The Cardinals scored two more in the fifth. Snider scored after Wyatt recorded an RBI groundout to the pitcher. Then, Fitzgerald scored on a wild pitch.
Louisville moves to 2-2. Smith recorded the victory, Jackson was handed the loss.
The Cardinals will host the Brown Bears this upcoming weekend (which is an actual team name, not just a mascot or species of animal). Game one is at 3:00 pm. If Dan McDonnell went with a similar rotation as last week, then Reid Detmers may be Louisville’s starter. Brown’s opening series is against Louisville.