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Jeff Gardner profile

By Lilly Trunnell

Senior Outfielder Jeff Gardner doesn’t remember one particular instance where baseball became part of his life. Baseball was easy for him to pick up, came naturally, and Gardner developed a passion for it young.

Of course, it’s easy to throw yourself into a sport with the support from family. Gardner called baseball a “family sport.” Growing up in Louisville he has the benefit of looking into the stands and seeing them all sitting there, cheering him on no matter what.

But Gardner hasn’t needed much cheering through hard times this season. As one of two senior captains he has led the top 10 ranked Cardinals to a 26-8 overall record. Gardner tops the Cardinals in hitting with a collective batting average of .367. His 40 runs batted in are nine more than the second most and he also has three home runs, including the walk off homer in the very first game of the season. Perhaps Gardner has an edge batting from the left, or maybe it’s the sheer passion he has for the game.

“I want to bring glory to Christ in all that I do,” Gardner said.

His faith is deep-rooted and seems to be working for him. Gardner goes beyond baseball. He has been known to say that he lives his life summed up by a quote from Jackie Robinson: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” He strives to be the kind of person that his teammates can come to with anything, and provide positive support and motivation for the team.

Like most athletes, Gardner can pick out a coach from his past that impacted his ability. Interestingly enough the coach was not baseball. Mike Doig was Gardner’s high school basketball coach. Gardner credits him with making him the athlete he is today. Even though he says he “wasn’t very good” at basketball and knew baseball was where he was really going, Coach Doig infused in Gardner the desire to strive for excellence always.

Professionally, Ted Williams is an icon for Gardner, “Because he was the last guy to hit .400,” he says with a hint of admiration in his voice. Ever since he was a kid, Williams was the favorite player of young Gardner. The baseball great’s legacy and the motivation of his coach have led Gardner to the 2011 All-Big East Team, 2012 second Team All-Big East, a 2013 Team Captainship, being named Big East Player of the Week twice last season, 2013 First Team All-Big East, 2013 Louisville Regional All-Tournament Team, and a 2014 Team Captainship. Despite all these accolades, Gardner still sees a team achievement as his biggest success. He picks out the highlight of his career so far as the 2013 trip to Omaha for the College World Series.

“I would trade away all the other awards if I could just keep that,” Gardner said.

After losing seven classmates to the draft last season, Gardner had to take on a new role of responsibility this year.

“The seniors have seen it all,” he says. “Losing those guys impacted the chemistry at first, but we bond well now.” His sights are set forward. In his last season as a Cardinal, Gardner has one thing in mind. “Going back (to Omaha) would mean the world to me.” Beyond that, he hopes to continue his career by going professional after his graduation from U of L with a Justice Administration degree.

Jeff Gardner is having a season to watch and is leading the team both statistically and in leadership. He is certainly a player to watch in the remaining games this season and potential postseason play.

“I try to go out every day and praise Jesus in all that I do, and make a few friends along the way.”

 

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Tenth ranked Cardinals’ baseball sweeps Samford

By Annie Moore

Cardinals’ baseball swept Samford University this past weekend, 20-10, 18-2 and 4-2. The 42-run sweep marked the highest-scoring three-game series for the Cardinals since a 1991 series victory against rival Cincinnati.

The sweep started on Friday with sophomore right-handed pitcher Kyle Funkhouser on the mound for the Cardinals. Funkhouser got the win after recording eight strikeouts, and allowing four earned runs on nine hits in six innings, moving him to 3-1 on the season.

Junior infielder Zach Lucas had a big offensive day for the Cards, who put up the first 11 runs of the game. Lucas had two home runs and five runs batted in, and scored four runs himself to lead Louisville. Grant Kay also had a big day, with two runs and five RBI’s, a career-best for the junior. Senior outfielder Jeff Gardner added two runs and two RBI’s, going 3-for-5.

As has been a theme for the start of this baseball season for Louisville, the weather caused the schedule to be rearranged. Sunday’s game was moved to Saturday, making Saturday a doubleheader.

In Saturday’s first game, Jared Ruxer was on the mound for Louisville. He threw seven innings, allowing four hits and one single run. Ruxer also had six K’s.

The Cardinals came out swinging on Saturday, putting up seven runs in the first inning —the highest scoring inning of the season for Louisville.

Leading the dominating Cardinal offense in this game was again, Zach Lucas. Lucas went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s and scored three runs. Also adding to the tally was Sutton Whiting. Whiting went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and a stolen base.

The final game of the series on Saturday saw much less scoring by both teams. The win marked the seventh-straight win for Louisville, its longest streak since closing the 2013 season with 16-consecutive wins.

This was the first time in the series Samford struck first. Catcher Drew McWhorter scored on an RBI grounder in the second to get the 1-0 lead. Louisville answered with three runs in the following two innings to regain the lead, which it would keep for the remaining frames.

“It was a good spring break for us,” Louisville Head Coach Dan McDonnell said. “It was a pretty complete week for the Louisville baseball program.”

Louisville takes to the road for its first road game since Feb. 16, when it travels to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the Hoosiers on Wednesday.

 

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Baseball sweeps Toledo, falls to Indiana Hoosiers

By Annie Moore

Louisville baseball recorded yet another 2-1 weekend as Mother Nature did a little schedule re-arranging. The Cards couldn’t close the sweep, as it faced Toledo on Friday winning 6-2, and Indiana and Toledo again on Saturday in a double-header. Louisville beat Toledo 8-2 in game two, but dropped the first game against Indiana 6-2.

Junior left-hander Joe Filomino had his best career start on Friday, with five strikeouts in six innings, allowing only two-unearned runs. Filomino’s outing was his longest of his career, and his first win of 2014.

The Rockets and the Cards exchanged runs for the first few frames on Friday, but Toledo struck first, putting up a run in the first after Tyler Grogg reached on an error by Louisville second baseman Grant Kay. In the bottom of the frame, designated hitter Nick Solak was the first man up. Solak knocked a double to left center, followed by a groundout from right-fielder Cole Sturgeon, which advanced Solak to third. Kay singled to right field and drove in Solak for the run.

Again in the second, the Rockets looked to Grogg. With two outs, and two strikes, Grogg singled to rightfield, advanced on a throwing error by Sturgeon, and advanced to third and shortstop Deion Tansel singled up the middle to bring Grogg home. But that run would mark the end of the Rockets offense for the day.

The Cards would put up four more runs, thanks in part to a big offensive performance from senior left-fielder Jeff Gardner. Gardner hit his second homerun of the season, and drove in three runs to lead Louisville.

The impending winter weather caused the weekend schedule to be re-arranged, which gave the Cardinals a double-header on Saturday.

The first game was against the No. 17 Indiana Hoosiers. Indiana fans were out in full force as the Cardinals dropped the first meeting against Indiana. The teams will face off two more times during the regular season.

The first matchup didn’t go the Cardinals direction, as the Hoosiers got up early, scoring four runs in the first three innings. The Cardinals tried to play catch up, and had a bases loaded opportunity in the bottom of the ninth, but failed to capitalize.

Cardinal right-hander Kyle Funkhouser got his first loss of the season and fell to 1-1 on the season. Funkhouser threw six and two-thirds innings and allowed four earned runs on eight hits with just two strikeouts.

Louisville showed resilience, winning its second game of the double-header and completing the two-game sweep of Toledo. Coach Dan McDonnell says he’s happy with the strength the team showed in coming back and getting the win after a tough loss to IU.

“Not everyone’s going to feel good. Nine guys in the lineup, you play eighteen frames of baseball, some guys are locked in and other guys are fighting,” McDonnell said. “They have to learn how to help the team win, even when you don’t have your swing. We learned a lot from ourselves today. We fought through and won the second game, which was a challenge.”

The Cards face another challenge as Miami of Ohio comes to town for a three-game series next weekend. The first game is Friday at 3 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium.

MLB plate collision rule in need of fine-tuning

By Annie Moore

This season Major League Baseball has introduced a new rule to try to prevent collisions at home plate and the injuries they cause. In theory the idea of avoiding collisions at the plate is a good one. But this temporary rule has left gaps and grey area that take it from a good idea to a flawed theory.

At first glance it’s a good rule, catchers cannot block home plate without the ball, and runners cannot go out of the baseline to initiate contact with a catcher. But when examined with a fine-toothed comb, this rule doesn’t prevent either of those things.

Let’s address the catcher first. The rule states that, “Unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score.” The runner will be declared safe if the catcher violates this rule. But it goes on to say that, “If the catcher blocks the pathway of the runner in order to field a throw, and the umpire determines that the catcher could not have fielded the ball without blocking the pathway of the runner and that contact with the runner was unavoidable.”

This is where we come to the grey area. Replay will be allowed in this instance, which will not only make the games longer, but allow for runs to be decided based on a judgment call on the interpretation of this fuzzy, one-season rule.

Moving on to the runner. Rule 7.13 states that “a runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate).” A runner violating this rule, deviating from the line will be ruled out, even if the catcher drops the ball.

The rules goes on to say “The failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation.”

The catcher is still allowed to block the plate if they are in possession of the ball, and the runner has to collide if there is no direct path to the plate. So basically, if you initiate contact, make sure it’s more of an accidental gesture and say “excuse me” on your way back to the dugout.

And another thing the rule neglects to acknowledge is the safety of the runner in the collision. The runner is wearing no protective gear, whereas the catcher has a full suit of padding. The shoulder is the part of the body that best takes the blow, causing the runner the least injury.

With the new rule against lowering shoulders, what are the runners supposed to do, slide in head first leaving them vulnerable to head and neck injury?

More scenarios will come up for review this season that will point out the serious flaws in this “experimental” rule. However, the bigger point is that it is calling much-needed attention to the subject of dangerous collisions. Hopefully this experiment will do less harm than good, and promote conversation that will lead to a more comprehensive solution.

 

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Cardinal baseball defeats Eastern Illinois

By Annie Moore

After dropping the final game of the Western Michigan series this past weekend, Louisville got back on a

winning track, defeating Eastern Illinois 6-0 on Tuesday. Freshman RHP Jake Sparger got the win. Sparger

threw six and two-thirds innings with four runs, zero hits and three K’s.

 

Senior right-fielder Cole Sturgeon got the Cards first hit of the day, doubling to right field in the bottom of

the first. Junior second-baseman Grant Kay was walked to put runners on first and second, and senior left-
fielder Jeff Gardner singled to left field to plate Sturgeon and bat in the first run of the day.

 

The second inning brought more offense, starting with junior center fielder Mike White. White led off with

a single through the right side, and then stole second. Senior catcher Shane Crain was the next man up, and

singled to left field to put runners on the corners. Junior shortstop Sutton Whiting shot a triple down the

first base line and out to right field to score, White and Crain put the Cards up 3-0. Sturgeon was up again,

and grounded out to second. Whiting scored and added another run to the Card’s tally.

 

Louisville added two more runs. One in the fourth from Kay, who hit a double to bring home Crain, and

another in the seventh, when Kay scored off a sacrifice fly from freshman Nick Solak.

The Cards were set to play Morehead State on Wednesday, but the game was called due to in climate

weather. Louisville will have to wait to carry on its winning ways against Toledo and Indiana this weekend.

 

Stay tuned to the Louisville Cardinal for coverage of this weekend’s games.

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Looking ahead: Five games in seven days for Cardinal Baseball

By Annie Moore

Coming off of a successful weekend at home, the Louisville baseball team

is headed into a daunting week. Five games in seven days. Four teams will

come to town in what head coach Dan McDonnell says would be “A tough

stretch for anyone in college baseball.”

 

First coming to town is Eastern Illinois University on Tuesday. The

Panthers are 1-6 on the season, including a dropped four-game series

against No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette. Each of Eastern Illinois’ first seven

games has been against ranked opponents, with its only win of the season

in the first game of the Louisiana-Lafayette series. The Panthers come to

town, in a game that should get the Cardinals back on a winning streak.

 

Next up, Morehead State University comes to Jim Patterson Stadium on

Wednesday. The Eagles have played eight games this season, with a

split record of 4-4. MSU began the season with three consecutive losses,

but has won four of its last five games. Look for junior Brandon Rawe,

who is leading the team in batting average this season. The outfielder is

batting .346 in the first eight games of the season.

 

Headed in to weekend play, the University of Toledo Rockets come to

town for two games, on Friday and Sunday, with No. 11 Indiana University

sandwiched in the middle for a Saturday headliner game.

 

Toledo has a 2-3 record on the season, and has not faced a ranked

opponent. But catcher Tyler Baar has come out swinging early in the

season. The junior leads the team in runs scored and is hitting .250, with

an on-base percentage of .412. Toledo specializes in scoring later in

games, scoring 17 of its 21 runs this season in or after the fifth inning.

The game against Louisville will be Toledo’s second of the day, so fatigue

could be a factor.

 

Finally, the Indiana Hoosiers are coming to town for Louisville’s first game

of the season against a ranked opponent. But, Indiana isn’t exactly coming

in hot, the Hoosiers have lost five of the last six games. The season has

started a dismal 2-5 and Indiana is looking for a quality win to get back on

pace. It will take on Toledo on Friday morning, before facing the Cardinals.

 

The early games should be wins for Louisville, defeating Eastern Illinois

and Morehead State will build confidence going into the weekend. But the

biggest challenge for coach McDonnell and the rest of the team will be

figuring out a pitching rotation that will carry the Cards through the long

five-day stretch.

 

My prediction: The Cards win four of five, dropping one game against

Toledo to advance to 9-3 on the season.

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Baseball takes series against Western Michigan

By Annie Moore

Louisville’s baseball team continued its home stand, winning its three game series against

Western Michigan University. The Cardinals won on Friday and Saturday, 21-8,and 8-

0 and dropped the third and final game 4-2.The series proved the Cardinals’ explosive

offensive potential, shed light on many members of the pitching staff and provided some

younger team members game experience.

“I’m pleased with some of these young guys we’re giving opportunities to,” Louisville

Head Coach Dan McDonnell said. “We’ll continue to give some guys opportunities.”

The weekend started on a beautiful Friday afternoon in a high-scoring game one. The

team set a season-high for runs and hits in the game, with 21 and 22 respectively.

Senior outfield Cole Sturgeon was one of many leaders on offense, Sturgeon led the team

going 3-for-6 with a home run, two doubles and a career-best six RBI.

Friday also marked the return of junior infielder Sutton Whiting. Whiting — who

suffered a fractured nose after being hit in the face in the season opener against West

Virginia — came off the bench and went 2-for-4 with a double and scored two runs.

The visiting Broncos looked to be a challenge to the Cardinals after fighting back to a

one-run deficit at 8-7 in the top of the fifth, but Louisville pulled away scoring thirteen runs

in the following four frames to WMU’s one, to put Louisville on top 21-8.

Saturday was another dominating performance by the Cardinals, this time the defense

stepped up to shut out the Broncos.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Kyle Funkhouser had his longest outing of the season,

throwing seven shutout innings with just two hits and 10 strikeouts. Funkhouser got his

first win of the season and his sixth-career win.

Six Cardinals scored on Saturday, including Whiting and designated hitter Nick Solak,

who each scored two runs.

Not only did Western Michigan plate zero runs on Saturday, they failed to have a runner

reach third base the whole day.

On Sunday the nice weather and high-powered Cardinal offense were nowhere to be

found. Western Michigan struck early, putting up a quick run in the first and plating three

more in the top of the third.

The Cardinals didn’t get on the board until the fourth, when senior Alex Chittenden hit a

single to shallow right-field, which allowed sophomore first baseman Danny Rosenbaum to

advance on the throw from right to score the first Louisville run of the day.

The day went from cold to punishing; the snow began to fall in blizzard-like fashion,

making the Cardinal comeback even tougher.

“We knew it was going to be a tough day to score,” McDonnell said. “You have to control

the game defensively, on the mound. We had some opportunities, but we couldn’t control

this game.”

Jump ahead to the bottom of the fifth and bases were loaded following back-to-back

singles from Whiting and Sturgeon, and Kay reached base off an error by the Broncos

catcher, Brett Sunde. Senior left-fielder Jeff Gardner was walked, which plated Whiting to

make it just a 4-2 game. But the Cardinals failed to capitalize and Western Michigan escaped

the bases-loaded jam with just one run in the books.

But unlike the snow, the Cardinals offense didn’t pick up. The score would stay the same

for the following four frames and Louisville would miss out on the sweep.

The Cards look to get back to winning Tuesday at Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch is set

for 3 p.m.

Louisville defeats EKU in home opener

By Annie Moore

The Cardinal baseball team opened play at Jim Patterson Stadium with a 13-1 victory over the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels. Homeruns from senior catcher Shane Crain and junior shortstop Zach Lucas highlighted a stellar offensive outing for the No. 7 Louisville team. Lucas had a career-high four rbis, leading the team. The Cards had 12 hits in the game, while the Colonels had just four.

EKU struck first in the top of the first inning. With runners on second and third, the Colonels’ designated hitter Bryan Soloman grounded out to short,allowing Nowlin to score from third to put EKU up 1-0 early. But it was all Louisville from there.

In the bottom of the second, sophomore first baseman Danny Rosenbaum singled to center on the first pitch he saw. Lucas followed that with a single to left to put runners on first and second. Junior centerfielder Mike White hit a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners, and the Colonel’s starting pitcher, Matt Lynch walked Crain to load the bases. Senior third baseman Alex Chittenden hit a 2 RBI single to left field, scoring Rosenbaum and Lucas. Just like that, the Cards were up 2-1.

Later, in the bottom of the third, there were runners on first and second, when senior left fielder Jeff Gardner came up to the plate. Gardner knocked an RBI single to left to add to Louisville’s lead. EKU Head Coach Jason Stein took a trip to the mound and replaced Lynch with  RHP Brian Mroz. But, Mroz too would struggle against the high-powered Cardinal offense.

The first batter Mroz saw was Rosenbaum, who walked, and then Lucas who hit a sac-fly to score junior second baseman Grant Kay. Then White hit an RBI double to score Gardner. But the final blow of the inning would come from Crain. Crain launched a three-run homer over the left field wall, for just the second homerun of his career. After the first homer, the Cards were safely ahead 8-1. The six-run third inning was the highest-scoring frame of the season for Louisville.

In the bottom of the sixth, following RBI’s from Kay and freshman Nick Solak, Lucas launched the second three-run homer of the game, to put Louisville on top 13-1, where it would stay for the final three frames.

“We put together big innings,” said Louisville Head Coach Dan McDonnell, “We hit those homeruns,[and had] a lot of good at-bats. A pretty complete game today I thought, we made a lot of great plays out in the field. From pitching, to defense, to offense, this was a pretty complete game.”

Louisville continues play at Jim Patterson Stadium Friday to kick off a three-game series against Western Michigan.

Younger team looks to maintain U of L’s winning ways

By Lilly Trunnell

Out of the eight regular positions on the field, only three positions will see returning players. The catchers will be a mix of seniors Shane Crane and Kyle Gibson. Senior Cole Sturgeon will be returning to right-field, a player that Coach McDonnell calls “the best right-fielder” in collegiate baseball. Junior Sutton Whiting is slated to be the regular shortstop, however, at the time this article was written Whiting had suffered an injury and the timeline for his return was unknown.

Because of this, the Cardinals will be developing a new lineup. The first six slots of the lineup will look as follows: shortstop Sutton Whiting, right-fielder Cole Sturgeon, designated hitter Grant Kay, left-fielder Jeff Gardner, first baseman Danny Rosenbaum, second baseman Zach Lucas.

The final three slots, which will be held by third base Alex Chittenden, center-field Mike White, and either Shane Crane or Kyle Gibson depending on who catches, will be evaluated on a game-to-game basis to better be able to get the lineup back to the leadoff.

Regardless of what happens at leadoff, the Cardinals will be relying on senior right-fielder Cole Sturgeon to set an example for the younger, fresher team. Sturgeon appeared in 61 of 65 total games last year with a .339 batting average. In 221 at-bats he struck out only 18 times, and knocked in 33. His batting average ranked first on the team in 2013, and his on base percentage second only to drafted outfielder Coco Johnson.

The anticipated lineup shows again the turnover from the 2013 team, who made it to the College World Series. However, with the leadership of senior captains Jeff Gardner and Cole Sturgeon and junior captains Zach Lucas and Sutton Whiting, the young team has a strong backing to prove themselves this year.

“I always say this program’s about two constants, and that’s player development and team success,” Head Coach Dan McDonnell said. The coaching staff of McDonnell, Chris Lemonis, and Roger Williams work with a unique harmony and unparalleled commitment to their players. On this year’s squad, McDonnel says, “I hope there’s a chip on their shoulder.” He’s right — the 2014 team, as a young and mostly unseen group of players, will not initially get the respect they likely deserve.

Once again after this season, the Cards will be looking at yet another big turn around. Luckily, the temperature is just right for recruitment. The current freshmen make up a big percentage of this team, and it’s expected that next year’s freshmen will do the same thing.

“As I challenge the seniors and the older players, it’s very important for the young freshmen and the young position players to understand what the standard is right now. They need to get acclimated to the culture that we have, because it seems like an eternity but before they know it they’ll be sitting behind this desk (at the press conference) next year and there’ll be a lot of young kids running out next spring,” McDonnell said.

The coaching staff isn’t alone in making these young players into capable players, and the support they’ll receive from the influence of the older players will definitely make an impact on the young players that will take over next year.

With their focus on helping players develop and hopefully get them to their dream role in the big leagues, McDonnell, Lemonis and Rogers are making their young players into high-quality everyday men to fill the shoes of those before them year after year. Look forward this season to seeing a piece of that commitment out on the field, fighting for a chance to go back to every college team’s dream: The College World Series, 2014.

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Louisville baseball opens season 2-1

By Annie Moore

The Cardinals baseball returned to action this weekend with a thriller in the season opener against the West Virginia Mountaineers. Louisville won in extra innings, a 7-6 triumph thanks in part to senior outfielder Jeff Gardner. Gardner hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to give the Cards a win to start the season.

The victory was anything but according to plan, Louisville had a 5-1 deficit to overcome headed into the bottom of the fifth inning, but scored three runs in the next two innings, to cut the lead to just two runs, 6-4 headed into the seventh-inning stretch.

Senior outfielder Cole Sturgeon singled to left field to start the eighth inning, then stole second. Gardner doubled down the right field line to send Sturgeon home and cut West Virginia’s lead to one run. Sophomore first baseman Danny Rosenbaum doubled down the right-field line, bringing Gardner home and tying the game up.

With both teams going scoreless for the following frames in regulation, the Cards saw extra innings in its season opener. Headed into the 10th, WVU first baseman Ryan McBroom reached on an error by sophomore shortstop Jordan Striegel, and catcher Cameron O’Brien was walked by Nick Burdi to put runners on first and second for the Mountaineers. But West Virginia failed to capitalize, leaving two men on base, and the door wide open for Louisville in the bottom of the 10th.

Gardner gave Louisville its first walk-off win on a home run since the 2010 season and got the Cards their first victory of the season.

Saturday didn’t go as well for the Cards, Louisville was defeated by the Citadel on day two of the Homewood Suites Tournament in Charleston, South Carolina.

U of L led the Citadel 3-1 in the middle of the sixth inning, but the Cardinals allowed the Bulldogs to plate two runs in the bottom of the sixth to even it up.

The Citadel went on to score another run in the seventh, and one in the eighth with no answer from the Cardinals.

Louisville junior left-hander Kyle McGrath got his first loss on the season, after allowing two runs on two hits with two strike outs.

The Cards closed the weekend strong with a 5-1 routing of Delaware. Following the loss on Saturday, Louisville came out swinging in the first inning.

Sturgeon singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch to start the inning, freshman Colin Lyman walked to put runners on first and second.  Junior Grant Kay was hit by a wild pitch, and the bases were loaded with no outs. Gardner tripled down the right-field line to bring Sturgeon, Lyman and Kay all home. Rosenbaum flied out to right field and brought Gardner home. And just like that, the Cards were up 4-0 after the first inning.

Later, in the fifth inning, Junior Zach Lucas grounded out to third base and got a run batted in sending Kay in for Louisville’s fifth run. Delaware answered with one run in the top of the sixth, but the teams would remain scoreless for the next three frames to keep the game at 5-1, giving Louisville its second win of the season.

The Cards head back to Jim Patterson Stadium for the home opener. Louisville will face off with Eastern Kentucky Wednesday at 3:00 pm.