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Louisville Cardinals silence Kentucky Wildcats' bats in Game 1 of Super Regional

Kentucky faces do-or-die situation in Game 2 on Saturday.

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 innins of scoreless relief from Adam Wolf before the Wildcats finally broke through for a pair of runs in the ninth inning against Lincoln Henzman. 

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. An RBI grounder by Drew Ellis plated the next run after UK starter Zack Thompson hit a batter and failed on a pickoff attempt, advancing the runners into scoring position.

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 piching matchup will be SEC Pitcher of the Year Sean Hjelle for UK against UofL All-American Brendan McKay.


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