Baseball Splits Series With UofL

04/17/2013 07:00 AM

Eighth-ranked Louisville did all their heavy lifting in just two innings. The Cardinals scored five runs in the third inning and six more in the fifth to break a 1-1 tie, and No. 17 Kentucky couldn’t rally to challenge the Cards and lost 12-5.

Heading into the third inning, Kentucky and Louisville were tied 1-1, but the Cardinals scored five runs on five hits off freshman pitcher Kyle Cody. The Wildcats responded with two runs in the bottom of the third when A.J. Reed doubled to left center scoring sophomore third baseman Max Kuhn and freshman right fielder Kyle Barrett. Kentucky cut Louisville’s lead to 6-3.

The Cardinals weren’t about to let Kentucky close the gap. UofL designated hitter Jeff Gardner hit a 2-run home run in the top of the fifth inning. Freshman pitcher Zach Strecker replaced Cody on the mound for the Cats, but Strecker didn’t help the Cats too much. He gave up two hits and three runs while retiring two batters. Freshman left-handed pitcher Dylan Dwyer was called in to finish out the fifth inning. Louisville built a 12-3 lead. The Cats tacked on two more runs but couldn’t manage a comeback.

The Wildcats won the first meeting 5-4 in Louisville on April 2. In that meeting, Louisville and Kentucky went to the tenth inning tied 4-4. Junior second baseman J.T. Riddle scored the winning run, and junior pitcher Trevor Gott closed out the game for the win.

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