Baseball Falls 4-1 to Louisville in Inaugural Reds Collegiate Invitational at GABP|
April 6, 2013
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati dropped a 4-1 decision to ninth-ranked Louisville on Saturday in the Reds Collegiate Invitational, the first college baseball played game played at Great American Ball Park.
Cardinals designated hitter Jeff Gardner went 2 for 3 with three runs scored and right-handed starter Jeff Thompson struck out nine Bearcats and scattered seven hits in seven innings of work to improve to 6-0.
The victory gives the Louisville (24-6, 6-2 BIG EAST) the series win. The Cardinals won 8-3 over Cincinnati (11-17, 1-7 BIG EAST) on Friday at Marge Scott Stadium. The series returns to UC’s campus Sunday with the finale starting at 1 p.m.
Left fielder Justin Glass led the Bearcats offense with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate, extending his hit streak to 13 games. Right fielder Matt Williams and designated hitter Ryan Quinn also recorded two hits for the Bearcats.
Gardner gave Louisville a 1-0 lead in the second inning when he doubled to centerfield to bring in Cole Sturgeon.
Bearcats starter Mitch Patishall (0-4) ran into trouble in the sixth inning when he hit second baseman Nick Ratajczak and left fielder Coco Johnson. Sturgeon then singled in Ratajczak to give Louisville a 2-0 lead. After a wild pitch put Johnson on third base and Sturgeon on second base, Gardner singled up the middle to score both runners and push Louisville’s lead to 4-0.
UC scored once in the ninth when right fielder Matt Williams scored from third on a double play.