It was a big-time start to the season for the No. 2 Louisville baseball team.
The Cardinals opened the season with a 21-4 whipping of SIU Edwardsville before 3,116 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium.
U of L saw all nine starters reach base safely at least two times and the Cardinals scored more runs in an opener than any other year since 22 in 1950. It was the most runs in any game since a 21-8 win over Western Michigan in 2014.
Senior first baseman Danny Rosenbaum paced the way for the Cardinals, who have won three straight season-openers, finishing 2-for-3 with a double, four RBI and two runs scored, while sophomore shortstop Devin Hairston was 3-for-6 with two RBI and scored twice. Junior outfielder Logan Taylor chipped in going 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored and junior outfielder Corey Ray was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and three runs. Colin Lyman, Louisville’s third junior starting outfielder, added a 2-for-3 day at the plate with two RBI and scored once.
Kyle Funkhouser worked five innings and picked up the win, his 27th carrer victory.
The two teams play at 2 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday.