No. 10 Louisville Rallies Past Purple Aces, 13-6
No. 10 LOUISVILLE 13, EVANSVILLE 6
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Reserve outfielder Mike Morrison ignited a middle-inning uprising by the host University of Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday with his first career hit, a solo home run to right field, as the Cardinals scored six runs in the middle three frames to rally past the visiting University of Evansville baseball team, 13-6 at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.
Evansville jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by a two-run inside-the-park home run by junior third baseman Cody Fick and a two-run single by senior designated hitter Andy Pascoe. Louisville would answer back with five runs in the bottom of the first inning, only for UE to retake the lead, 6-5, in the fourth inning on an RBI ground out by Fick.
That's when Morrison changed the complexion of the game. Morrison, who entered the game in the second inning after Louisville right fielder Josh Richmond was injured on Fick's inside-the-park home run, would connect off of UE reliever Scott Scheumann (0-1) for a solo home run to right field to key a two-run fourth inning which gave the Cardinals a 7-6 lead. Louisville would then plate four runs in the fifth inning to grab an 11-6 lead and take control of the contest.
Shortstop Adam Duvall paced Louisville by going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four doubles. Morrison also went 2-for-4, as he collected his first two hits as a Cardinal. Fick led the Evansville offense by going 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Pascoe also added two RBI and sophomore infielder Trentt Copeland pitched in a pair of doubles.
With the victory, Louisville, ranked in the nation's top 15 in every major poll, remained undefeated at 8-0. Evansville, meanwhile, falls to 2-6 with the loss. The Purple Aces will now travel to Birmingham, Alabama to battle Samford in a three-game series this weekend. The series begins on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. and will continue on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon with a pair of 1:00 p.m. contests.
OTHER SCORES FROM AROUND THE VALLEY:
Wichita State 5, North Dakota 2
Middle Tennessee State 13, Southern Illinois 6