CAMDEN, N.J. - The No. 5 Louisville baseball team had its 12-game winning streak halted on Saturday afternoon with a 4-2 road loss to Temple on at Campbell’s Field.
After taking a 2-1 advantage in the top of the fourth inning on a solo home run by senior outfielder Jeff Gardner (Louisville, Ky.), the Cardinals (39-12, 15-5 American) surrendered three runs in the bottom of the frame and never got the offense going in their first loss since April 17. The deciding game in the weekend series between Louisville and Temple (13-28, 8-12) is set for Sunday at noon ET.
The Owls struck first on Saturday plating an unearned run in the second inning against junior righty Jared Ruxer (Indianapolis, Ind.). The Cardinals answered in the top of the third inning when sophomore Danny Rosenbaum (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) singled, moved to third on a single by junior second baseman Zach Lucas (Louisville, Ky.) and then scored on a balk by Temple starter Patrick Vanderslice.
An inning later, Louisville gained a 2-1 lead when Gardner led off the fourth by sending a 1-1 offering from Vanderslice over the wall in right center for his team-leading sixth home run of the season. However, the advantage was short-lived as the Owls scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth. First baseman Robert Amaro started the scoring with a RBI single off Louisville junior righty Brandon Alphin (Mt. Washington, Ky.). Moments later, designated hitter Daniel Dragos delivered a two-run single to give Temple the lead for good.
Vanderslice earned his first career collegiate win and improved to 1-3 on the season after allowing two runs on four hits in five innings, while Patrick Krall recorded the final out of the day to earn his first save. Alphin was charged with his first loss of the season and dropped to 1-1 overall after allowing three runs on four hits in less than an inning of relief.
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