Louisville baseball opens 2018 with win over richmond
By Mike Gilpatrick
February 16th, 2018
February 16th, 2018
The No. 13 Louisville Cardinals opened 2018 Friday, defeating the Richmond Spiders 4-3. The game was in Charleston, South Carolina. The Cards had a sizeable lead, before late-game dramatics almost caused a loss.
Adam Wolf made his first career start and looked like an ace. The left-handed former reliever threw 83 pitches over five innings, gave up three hits, no runs, and struck out seven.
Louisville wasted no time scoring. Josh Stowers led off with a single, and was sent home by an RBI single by second-baseman Devin Mann two batters later.
Then, in the second, sophomore Ethan Stringer hit a home run to left in his first collegiate at-bat. Stringer only needed one pitch.
Richmond’s first scoring opportunity came in the third, after a fielding error sent Tyler Plantier to second with two outs. Wolf dispatched Daniel Brumbaugh with a swinging strikeout to end the threat.
The Spider’s next opportunity came with one out in the fifth. Plantier doubled, and reached third on the sacrifice fly. Again, Wolf dispatched the next hitter.
Wolf pitched to two batters in the sixth, walking them both. He was relieved by right-handed pitcher Bryan Hoeing. Hoeing retired three straight to end the half-inning.
In the home half of the sixth, Mann proved he deserved the No. 3 spot in the lineup, cranking a homer to left on a 2-2 count. Mann hit into another RBI single in the eighth, scoring Josh Stowers
Things got hairy in the ninth. Richmond loaded the bases with no one out. Transfer Austin Conway walked a batter with the bases loaded, driving in Richmond's first run. Conway struck out the next batter, and Anthony Forte fouled out. Then, D.J. Lee singled through the right side, and two runs scored.
McDonnell brought in preseason stopper of the year, and closer, Sam Bordner, to stop the bleeding. The preseason All-American walked the next batter, again loading the bases. Brumbaugh flied out to center, and the Cards got away with the win.
The winning pitcher was Wolf, Tim Miller received the loss, and Border recorded the save.
Louisville moves to 1-0, and will play The Citadel Tomorrow at 4pm.