Kentucky's potent offense was held in check for the first eight innings on Friday in a 5-2 loss in the Louisville Super Regional.
Louisville (51-10) got 5.1 scoreless innings from starter Kade McClure and another 2.2
McClure (8-3) allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out six.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on the strength of a Logan Taylor double and a Devin Mann RBI single.
Thompson (8-3) started and took the loss for the Cats, allowing two runs (one earned) in four innings of work. The freshman left-hander settled down after the first inning, striking out six.
Louisville extended its lead in the fifth when Taylor and Mann both walked prior to a decisive three-run homer by Ellis.
The Wildcats broke through on an Evan White home run and a Tyler Marshall RBI single in the ninth inning, but it was too little, too late.
Kentucky (43-22) will attempt to keep its season alive Saturday at Noon ET in Game 2 of the best-of-three series. The