--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo/ Gallery by Roscelle Griffin
The No. 10 Louisville Cardinals carried their momentum from Sunday’s walk-off win, and defeated the Miami Redhawks 6-1. Luke Smith gave up a few hits, but was stingy with runs. Compared with his last two starts, he pitched well. A couple of big early innings made the difference for Louisville.
Smith threw six innings, and did not allow a single earned run. The Redhawks scored one run against him. Smith allowed five hits, and two walks. He struck out two. Smith’s ERA lowered from 4.50 to 3.66.
His competition, on the other hand, managerd just two runs before being yanked. Bailey Martin allowed four runs, all earned, on two hits and four walks; with four strikeouts.
Miami scored first, in the second inning. Mackay Williams lifted a double down the line in right, and plated across an unearned run.
Louisville’s lineup wouldn’t trail for long. The Cards scored four runs in the bottom of the inning. Drew Campbell drove across Alex Binelas on an RBI groundout. Then, Justin Lavey legged out an infield single, and beat the throw from the shortstop to score Patrick Rumoro. Louisville loaded the bases, and the pitcher walked Logan Wyatt. The first baseman’s 14th RBI was arguably his easiest.
Jake Snider widened Louisville’s lead in the bottom of the fourth. He looped a single up the middle, and drove in Trey Leonard. Snider scored on a wild pitch for Louisville’s sixth run of the game.
The winning pitcher was Smith, and the loser was Martin.
The Cardinals move to 19-6 (6-3 ACC). They will host a weekend series with Wake Forest. The first game is Friday, March 29th at 6pm. Reid Detmers looks to continue his dominant season. Due to predicted rain on Saturday, there is a high likelihood there will be a double-header Friday.