By: Hannah Walker–
The No. 7 Louisville Cardinal’s baseball team lost (7-8) on April 16 when they played against the Virginia Cavaliers. The game was neck and neck up until the 10th inning when Virginia broke the tie and won the game.
During the first five innings, junior Michael Kirian was the starting pitcher for U of L. He was able to pitch a total of 97 pitches, make four strikeouts and have five ground outs throughout his time on the mound. Nonetheless, Virginia made 12 hits from Kirian’s pitches, which allowed Virginia to have an offensive advantage.
U of L was the first to score during the top of the first inning when sophomore catcher Henry Davis singled up the middle and sophomore infielder Cooper Bowman scored.
The Cardinal’s continued to lead during the beginning of the game when Davis advanced to second on a throwing error, and Bowman scored during the top of the third inning.
Still, the Cavaliers started to catch up when they scored during the bottom of the third inning. This put Louisville at only a one-point lead going into the fourth inning.
At the top of the fourth inning, U of L scored again when freshman catcher/first baseman Dalton Rushing made a homerun to right center. This allowed both junior outfielder Trey Leonard and junior infielder/outfielder Lucas Dunn to score.
U of L continued to take the lead during the top of the fifth inning when sophomore infielder Alex Binelas made a homerun right center. This allowed Davis to score once again.
Virginia started to take back the lead during the bottom of the fifth inning when they scored five times. They continued to score during the bottom of the ninth and tenth inning as well. This is what ultimately led to U of L’s loss.
Louisville will face the Virginia Cavaliers again today at 4:00 p.m. at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Photo Courtesy of Justin Krueger// U of L Athletics