UofL BASEBALL | Record-Setting Crowd Watches Cards Beat Wildcats
04/04/2017 09:52 PM
The #2 Louisville Cardinals got the better of the #8 Kentucky Wildcats in the first match-up of the Bluegrass teams this season.
Louisville (25-3, 10-2) jumped out to an early lead and held on after a late UK rally to earn a 5-3 victory over Kentucky (21-9, 7-2).
It’s the Cards sixth straight victory over the Cats in the rivalry and their fourth straight win over the Cats at Jim Patterson Stadium.
A Jim Patterson Stadium record 6,210 fans witnessed the match-up.
The Cardinals took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, courtesy of a Drew Ellis two-RBI double, which scored both Brendan McKay and Devin Hairston. Ellis had two doubles on the night.
The Cards scored two more runs in the second inning, thanks to a Devin Hairston two-RBI double.
Louisville added another run in the third inning after Josh Stowers was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Ellis scored from third.
It remained 5-0 until the ninth inning, when the Wildcats started their rally.
The rally began with a Tristan Pompey RBI single, which ended the shutout, and brought home Marcus Carson.
Then, it was Zach Reks turn, as he brought in two runs with a two-RBI single. Just like that, the Wildcats found themselves only down two, trailing 5-3.
Kentucky had the tying run at first base later in the frame with two outs, but Reks was thrown out trying to steal second base to end the game.
The two teams will play each other again in two weeks, on April 18 at 7 p.m. ET in Lexington.
UofL’s next game will be against #17 Wake Forest on Friday at 6 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Meanwhile, UK will be looking to bounce back on Friday at Mississippi St. First pitch in Starkville is set for 7 p.m. ET.
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