BOZICH | Louisville earns 8-2 RPI-boosting win over Kentucky
Louisville spotted Kentucky a 1-0 lead and then scored the next eight runs while defeating the Wildcats, 8-2, Tuesday night at Jim Patterson Stadium.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) –- The University of Louisville baseball team has shown it can handle Top 25 competition this season.
The Cardinals’ record features two wins against North Carolina as well as one against Texas Tech, Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina State. Ranked teams, all of them.
The Cards simply don’t have as many wins against Top 25 teams as coach Dan McDonnell’s team is accustomed to celebrating. They were 6-9 against ranked opponents before No. 6 Kentucky visited Jim Patterson Stadium Tuesday night.
The Cardinals played well enough that even McDonnell might be talked into taking a one-day pause from his self-imposed rule of not checking his team’s computer ranking.
Getting solid starting pitching from freshman Reid Detmers, momentum-turning two-out hits by Josh Stowers and Danny Oriente, a crushing two-run homer by Jake Snide and a string of walks by shaky Kentucky pitching, Louisville defeated the Wildcats, 8-2, in front of an energized crowd of 3,806 that included U of L football coach Bobby Petrino as well as Lonnie Ali.
The win pushed the Cardinals' RPI from No. 37 to No. 30, two hours after the victory.
The Cardinals also kept their poise and declined to retaliate after UK relief pitcher Jimmy Ramsey hit Devin Mann in the helmet with his first pitch after Snider’s homer that pushed U of L’s lead to 8-1 in the sixth inning.
It was the kind of victory that should position Louisville for a strong run through the remainder of April over seven home games against Virginia, Western Kentucky and Indiana State. It also gave U of L a split in the season series with Kentucky. The Wildcats won in Lexington, 8-5, on April 3.
Detmers threw worked fast and threw first-pitch strikes to 16 of the 17 Kentucky batters he faced while earning his second victory. He left after striking out five in 4 2/3 innings, while allowing a run on two hits.
The Wildcats scored first. After both teams were hitless and had runners thrown out at second base in the first two innings, Kentucky moved ahead 1-0 when shortstop Trey Dawson homered to left center field with one out in the third.
Louisville responded with a pair of two-out runs in the fourth. Stowers singled to right center, allowing Mann to race home from second. The same thing happened in the next at bat – Oriente singled to right center as Logan Wyatt scored from second.
The Cards added four in the fifth, taking advantage of two hits and three walks. Snider’s sixth-inning home run drained any remaining drama.
Kentucky returns to Lexington for a three-game series against top-ranked Florida, which begins Friday at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Louisville remains home for a three-game series against Virginia.
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