--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Cardinals got their brooms out for the first time this season.
Dan McDonnell and Co. swept the Brown Bears, after winning game three 13-2, in a strange game that took over two days to complete. The first eight innings were completed Saturday afternoon, with the top of the ninth taking place on Sunday.
Bryan Hoeing received the win, and threw 90 pitches over five innings. He gave up just one run, which was earned, on seven hits and two walks. He also struck out seven Bears.
His one run was allowed in the top of the third inning. Parke Phillips drove in a batter with an RBI single down the middle of the field.
Brown’s lead would not last, though. Louisville drove in three runs in the bottom of the third. First, Zeke Pinkham trotted to the plate when Jake Snider grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice. Then, Tyler Fitzgerald blasted a home run to left, and added two more runs to Louisville’s lead.
After Hoeing was removed, Brown added another run. Center fielder Joe Lomuscio hit a single through the left side, and one run scored on the throw in from the outfield.
Louisville added three more in the sixth. Danny Oriente led off the inning with an RBI double to left. Then, Logan Wyatt scored on an RBI sacrifice fly. Oriente then scored on an error with Jared Poland at bat.
It caused Garett Delano to leave the game. He threw six innings, and gave up six runs, five earned, on eight hits and one walk.
Louisville tallied eight runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Drew Campbell recorded an RBI single to lead the inning off. Two runs scored, one on an error. Then, Campbell trotted home on an RBI groundout by Poland. Pinkham scored on a bases-loaded walk. Wyatt drove in two with an RBI single to center. And finally, Trey Leonard hit an RBI single to center.
The rain came down steadily throughout the latter portion of the game. In any normal baseball league, a game is considered official after five and a half innings have been played.
But this is the NCAA. Everyone’s favorite “non-profit” collegiate athletic league decided to once again prove its moral and sportsmanship dominance by suspending the game and having it finished on Sunday. With a 13-2 Louisville lead.
It was apparently an NCAA rule.
As Earl Weaver once said: “"You can't sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You've got to throw the ball over the plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all."
The bottom of the ninth went 1-2-3.
Louisville won the game, after a very pointless top of the ninth inning that required both teams and support staff to come to Patterson Stadium for less than 10 minutes.
Louisville moves to 5-2. They face off against Xavier on Tuesday, February 26th.