BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Doomed by a big fifth inning for the home squad, the seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team lost 9-3 at Indiana on Wednesday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field ending their longest winning streak of the season.
After holding a 3-1 lead in the middle of the fifth inning, the Cardinals (15-5) saw the game turn dramatically in the bottom of that frame as the Hoosiers (10-8) scored six runs on six hits to gain command and end Louisville’s seven-game winning streak. Following a second straight solid start on the mound for sophomore Anthony Kidston (Defiance, Ohio), a trio of relievers combined in allowing the most runs in a single inning this season by Louisville.
A week after making his season debut in a three-inning start last Tuesday, Kidston allowed just one run on three hits with four strikeouts in four innings to earn a no-decision on Wednesday. In addition to Kidston’s performance, the Cardinals received good news with the successful collegiate debut of freshman lefty Josh Rogers (New Albany, Ind.), who had two strikeouts in a perfect inning of relief in his first game action in the Louisville uniform.
At the plate, sophomore first baseman Danny Rosenbaum (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) led the Cardinals going 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI, while senior outfielder Cole Sturgeon (Owensboro, Ky.) was 2-for-5 with a double and a stolen base. Freshman designated hitter Will Smith (Louisville, Ky.) chipped in with a single, an RBI and a run scored.
The Hoosiers struck first on Wednesday when first baseman Sam Travis delivered a RBI ground-rule double to left field to score second baseman Casey Rodrigue in the opening frame against Kidston. It marked the third straight game Indiana has scored in the first inning against the Cardinals.
Louisville quickly answered in the second inning when Rosenbaum connected for a RBI double to right center to score senior outfielder Jeff Gardner (Louisville, Ky.) and even the score at 1-1. The inning started with Gardner earning a leadoff walk from Indiana lefty starter Sullivan Stadler before advancing to second on a groundout.
After a scoreless third inning, Louisville moved ahead in the fourth inning plating two runs against Stadler. After reaching base with a triple off the wall in right center, junior second baseman Zach Lucas (Louisville, Ky.) scored on a RBI single to right by Smith for the lead. Following a single to right center by Rosenbaum, senior catcher Shane Crain (Lexington, Ky.) drove in Smith with a RBI groundout for the 3-1 advantage.
An inning later, Indiana moved back ahead for good with the six-run fifth inning. The scoring started with a RBI single through the left side by Rodrigue, while the tying run scored when outfielder Tim O’Conner touched home after a wild pitch from junior lefty reliever Joe Filomeno (Cicero, Ill.). Moments later, the Hoosiers took a 4-3 lead when Rodrigue scored from third on a passed ball.
Indiana added to the lead on a RBI double by Travis, which lined off of Louisville righty reliever Brandon Alphin (Mt. Washington, Ky.) and into left center field. After falling to the ground and staying there for several minutes, Alphin sat up and eventually walked off the field under his own strength. Designated hitter Scott Donley then closed the scoring in the inning with a RBI double to center off freshman lefty Robert Strader (Louisville, Ky.) for the 7-3 lead.
The Hoosiers added to the cushion in the sixth on a RBI single by Kyle Schwarber and a RBI groundball off the bat of Donley for the final 9-3 advantage.
Filomeno, who allowed four runs on two hits and two walks in 0.1 inning of relief, was charged with the loss and dropped to 1-2 on the season. Stadler earned the win for the Hoosiers and improved to 1-0 overall after allowing three runs on five hits in five innings, while righty Thomas Belcher earned his first save working four innings of shutout relief to close the game.
Up next, Louisville returns home to begin American Conference action with a three-game series against Rutgers starting Friday at 6 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. The series continues on Saturday at 1 p.m., before concluding Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is free throughout the weekend.
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