mann steals home, cards down kentucky
By Mike Gilpatrick
April 17th, 2018
April 17th, 2018
For the second and final time of 2018, the Louisville Cardinals played the Kentucky Wildcats. And for the first time this season, the Louisville Cardinals won, 8-2. The Cards scored all runs within three innings, against the No. 6 team in the NCAA.
Reid Detmers started the game, and received a standing ovation from the home crowd. Detmers entered the game with a 5.48 ERA, and a 1-0 record. The freshman went 4.2 innings, and gave up one run, earned, on three hits and one walk. He struck out five over the course of his night. Detmers reduced his ERA to 4.88.
Detmers faced off against Kentucky's Daniel Harper. He entered the game with a 6.46 ERA. The right-hander didn't make it out of the fourth inning before he was relieved. Harper went just 3.2 innings, and gave up two runs, both earned, on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. He did reduce his ERA to 6.29.
Kentucky scored first. In the top of the third, nine-hitter and shortstop Trey Dawson hit a home run to left-center field. It was his second of the year.
Josh Stowers tied the game. In the bottom of the fourth, the center fielder hit a line to center field, scoring second baseman Devin Mann from second. It was Stowers' 22nd RBI of the season. He was followed by another RBI single, from designated hitter Danny Oriente. The sophomore notched it to short right-center field, and recorded his 20th RBI of the season. The hit knocked Harper out of the game. It also gave Louisville the 2-1 lead.
Louisville put up a four-spot in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kentucky's reliever, Alec Maley, walked the bases loaded, scoring Louisville's first run. Then, Josh Stowers hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Jake Snider. Then, Josh Stowers stole second on a failed pickoff attempt, distracting the infield for long enough that Mann stole home, and scored Louisville's third run of the inning. Then, Oriente hit a looper over the head of the shortstop that scored Stowers. When the inning ended, Louisville had a comfortable 6-1 lead.
Snider hit a bomd in the next inning, that went over Nick Burdi's picture in right field, scoring two runs. Then, tempers flared, after Jimmy Ramsey drilled Mann in the head, and came close to hitting Stowers. No other batter scored.
Kentucky tacked on one unearned run in the eighth inning. Reliever Michael McAvene committed a throwing error, allowing the batter to reach. Luke Becker grounded out to pitcher Gavin Sullivan, scoring the runner from third.
Closer Sam Bordner came on to put the game in the books, and retired the side. He struck out the first batter, forced the second to ground out, and
The Cardinals move to 25-11, and will host Virginia for a weekend series, Friday-Sunday. The first game will be at 6pm at Jim Patterson Stadium.
images from the game
Images by Jared Anderson, River City Cards