Making its first road trip of the young season, No. 2 Louisville struggled early at No. 21 Ole Miss and were unable to overcome a five-run deficit, falling 6-5 in the first game of the weekend series against the Rebels.
Cardinals starter Kyle Funkhouser suffered through the shortest weekend start of his four-year career, giving up six runs on three hits and seven walks in just 3.2 innings of work. Most of the Rebels damage came during the fourth inning where two infield hits and three walks gave the hosts a 6-1 advantage.
Louisville scoring began in the top of the fourth when Blake Tiberi connected for a solo home run over the right field wall. The Cardinals added a pair of runs in the fifth when Tiberi drove in Nick Solak on a one-out double. Brendan McKay scored on a Will Smith RBI to cut the Ole Miss lead to 6-3. U of L added a run in both the seventh and eighth innings, but were unable to complete the comeback.
The Cardinals out-hit the Rebels 10-6, yet left 11 players on base.
Blake Terbi finished 2-for-5 at the plate, with two RBI and a run, while Brendan McKay led the Cardinals with three hits. The U of L bullpen allowed just three hits and gave up no runs in 4.1 innings of work.
Louisville falls to 4-1 on the season.