Baseball holds off Maryland, goes 2-0

By on February 19, 2017
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By Mike Gilpatrick–

Sixth-ranked baseball (2-0) defeated No. 22 Maryland, 10-7.

Junior pitcher Kade McClure only lasted 3.2 innings, giving up four earned runs with seven strikeouts on 85 pitches.

Starting with a solo shot from junior Drew Ellis, Louisville’s offense exploded with four runs in the second inning, placing the score at 5-0.

The Terrapins responded in the next half-inning, when second baseman Nick Dunn launched a two-run shot to right.

In the fourth, Maryland sent eight men to the plate and scored another two.

In the bottom of the inning, the Cards scored five times. Starting with a RBI double from Mann,  junior Brendan McKay and Mann scored on errors. Stowers’ single drove home Ellis, bringing the score to 10-4.

Maryland scored in the fifth and sixth innings, cutting Louisville’s lead to three.

With runners on the corners and one out in the seventh, sophomore Lincoln Henzman entered the game and struck out the next two batters.

Henzman pitched a perfect eighth inning and finished the game with a 4-3 groundout. Junior Jake Sparger received the win and Henzman earned the save.

The Cards finish their series at Spectrum Field tomorrow, taking on Ball State. Freshman pitcher Michael McAvene will make his first collegiate start at 1 p.m.

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