March 25, 2018

Baseball splits doubleheader, avoids sweep of No. 10 Clemson

By Brad McGuffin —

Baseball split their Sunday doubleheader with No. 10 Clemson to avoid the sweep. Louisville is now 18-6 and 4-5 in ACC play.

Game One

A win was not in the Cards for Louisville in the morning start of the doubleheader¬†they left 14 runners on base, falling 4-3. Clemson’s four-run fifth inning would be the difference in the game.

U of L answered in the fifth inning with two runs of their own.

Sophomore Logan Wyatt’s RBI double started the scoring and sophomore Drew Campbell pushed Wyatt across the plate two batters later.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Louisville loaded the bases. A walked batter brought Louisville within one run but a groundout ended the inning.

Louisville threatened again in the bottom of the eighth. However, they couldn’t manage to push across the tying run.

Game two

The bat’s finally came alive for the Cards in game three of the weekend series as they avoid the series sweep 5-1.

Sophomore Nick Bennett got the start, his first of the season. Bennett went 5.0 IP with seven K’s, which ties a career high.

Sophomore Justin Lavey lead the way for the Cards with bat going 3-4 with three RBI’s.

The action started in the second inning as U of L loaded the bases after three straight singles, Sophomore Justin Lavey would get his first RBI of the day on a fielder’s choice to give the Cards an early 1-0 lead.

Two innings later, Wyatt kicked off the fourth with a single. Later, Junior Pat Rumoro drove in Wyatt on a two out double to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.

Lavey singled to right for his second RBI on the day. However, Lavey would be thrown out trying to advance to second on the play, ending the inning.

After the third inning, U of L led Clemson 3-0.

Louisville was able to get on the board again in the fifth inning.

Sophomore Tyler Fitzgerald ignited the scoring with a double, followed by a bunt single from Junior Josh Stowers. Wyatt would once again come through for the Cardinals as he would get an RBI two out single to right bringing home Fitzgerald giving U of L a 4-0 lead.

Clemson scored their first run in the top of the seventh inning with an RBI single from Jordan Greene cutting the Cardinals 4-1.

The Cards tacked on one more run in the eighth off a Lavey RBI single to third.

The score remained the same until the end.

Bennett picks up his second win of season moving to 2-0.

Louisville improves to 18-6 on the season and 4-5 in conference play. The next home game is on Tuesday, March 27 at 6 P.M. against Cincinnati.

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