Late runs complete Louisville comeback over UK

It was smooth sailing for eight innings for UK’s pitching on Tuesday, but the ninth and tenth innings doomed the Cats as they lost 2-1 in extra innings to No. 3 Louisville.

UK freshman first baseman Evan White singled home Connor Heady in the bottom of the third inning to give UK its only run of the game. The score remained 1-0 for eight innings as left-handers Logan Salow and Dylan Dwyer combined to shut the Cardinals down, allowing only one hit in that span.

However, the ninth inning was a different story.

Dwyer walked Louisville pinch hitter Danny Rosenbaum at the start of the frame. Rosenbaum later scored on a single by Nick Solak to tie and extend the game.

In the bottom of the 10th, UK shortstop Connor Heady made a throwing error to put Louisville senior Mike White on second base. Blake Tiberi then singled to score White on the next at-bat to give Louisville its 35th win of the season.

Louisville recorded four hits on the night compared to UK’s seven. Neither team had a player have a multi-hit game.

Cardinal starter Sean Leland pitched seven innings of one-run baseball to lower his earned run average to 1.09 on the season. Right-hander Zack Burdi was given the win after retiring all three of UK’s batters in the 10th inning to improve his record to 3-0.

Cats left-hander Zach Logue was given the loss after allowing a hit and the unearned winning run. Logue’s record is now 2-2 on the season.

With the loss, UK has now lost five of its last six midweek games.

The Cats will be back in action this weekend as they host No. 6 Vanderbilt for a three-game series at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Commodores will be the third straight Top 10 opponent UK has faced.

Staff Report