cards come back, defeat xavier
By Mike Gilpatrick
February 27th, 2018
February 27th, 2018
It was a beautiful day for baseball at Jim Patterson Stadium. It was 65 degrees and sunny, very uncharacteristic for late February in Louisville.
The Louisville Cardinals weren't complaining. The 13th-ranked baseball team defeated the Xavier Musketeers, 6-4. Freshman Bobby Miller notched the win in relief, and Trey Schramm received the loss. Sam Border recorded the save.
Bryan Hoeing didn't have his best afternoon. He only pitched 4.1 innings, and gave up two runs on seven hits. He struck out six. His ERA raised from 2.25 to 4.38 after his outing.
Ethan Stringer went yard in the second. It was a solo shot to straightaway Center, and gave the Cards the 1-0 lead. It was his second long ball of the year. Louisville put a couple men on base after, but couldn't drive them home.
Xavier scored the next half inning. Their right-fielder, Joe Gellenbeck, hit a shallow RBI double to put the Musketeers on the board. Then, Xavier's Matt Warkentin hit a solo shot almost in the same spot of Stringer's homer in the top of the fourth. Louisville found themselves down 2-1.
Josh Stowers tied the game in the bottom of the inning. The Louisville center-fielder ripped an RBI single between the gap in the left side of the infield. The single scored catcher Pat Rumoro from second.
Hoeing was subbed out in the top of the fifth for Adam Elliott. Elliott inherited a couple baserunners, one of which scored on a wild pitch. Xavier then loaded the bases with one out. Dan McDonnell then called upon Shay Smiddy to stop the bleeding.
Smiddy gave up a single to his first batter through the out-stretched arms of third-baseman Justin Lavey. It was Xavier's fourth run. Then, a flyout to right and a pop-up in foul territory ended the threat. Louisville trailed 4-2 after five.
The Cards eliminated the deficit in the bottom of the sixth. Stowers hit a sac-fly, and recorded an RBI, after Lavey touched the plate. Then, designated hitter Jake Snider hit an RBI two-base hit to score Tyler Fitzgerald.
Lavey was the hero in the seventh. He hit a home run over the left field wall, with Rumoro on first. He put the go-ahead runs through.
Border came on to close the game. He retired the side 1-2-3. Louisville finalized the score.
Louisville moves to 8-0. They play next against Western Carolina Friday, March 2nd. The game is at 3pm, and kicks off a weekend series against the Catamounts.
images from the game
Photos by Seth Spalding, River City Cards