--By Jared Anderson
--Photos by Jared Anderson
Due to poor weather on Sunday, the Louisville vs James Madison series turned into one game Friday and a double-header on Saturday. The Cards swept the series, including a blowout win and a nail biter on Saturday.
Game One: Louisville 11, James Madison 1
Nick Bennett dominated on the mound, including a career-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Bennett wrapped up the seventh inning with a pitch count of 100 and would retire from the game at the point.
Tyler Fitzgerald and Zeke Pinkham each had two hits to lead the way as the offense tallied 11 hits and capitalized on a pair of errors by the Dukes to power through with runs in six of the eight innings they came to the plate.
After Lucas Dunn and Jake Snider each reached base safely to start the game Tyler Fitzgerald's ball to the right side of the field plated the first run. Ben Metzinger drove in Drew Campbell on a groundout in the second and Lucas Dunn's tripled knocked in Zeke Pinkham.
Louisville broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning. Snider stole third and was awarded home on an obstruction call. With the bases loaded, Cam Masterman recorded his first career hit with a two-run double. Campbell sent a ball to left field, driving in the final two runs of the inning,
The Cards scored one run in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. Zach Britton's single to right field drove in Fitzgerald. Trey Leonard's single up the middle plated Pinkham. Justin Lavey's deep fly ball resulted in a double and Britton scored.
Game Two: Louisville 1, James Madison 0
Like the weather, the bats went cold for Louisville. The Cards spaced out six hits over the game with the sole run coming in the sixth inning. Lucas Dunn walked and advanced to third on a single by Jake Snider. Later that inning Tyler Fitzgerald hit a sac fly to send Dunn home.
Bryan Hoeing recorded a career-high nine strikeouts on the mound in seven innings. He also made a strong case for a SportsCenter Top 10 play when he chased a ground ball to his right, bare handed the catch, and threw a strike to Logan Wyatt while falling over. Bobby Miller came in to close out the final two innings for his first save of the year.
Louisville improves to 8-3 on the season. They're scheduled to host Morehead State on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. With the cold weather lingering for a few days the schedule may be altered. They will then host Boston College over the weekend for their ACC opener.
Mike Gilpatrick is the senior baseball correspondent for River City Cards... MORE