Louisville made its first road trip of the 2016 season, visiting No. 21 Ole Miss for a weekend series, but we're unable to come away with the series advantage.
The No. 2 Cardinals struck first on Sunday, getting a leadoff home run from Corey Ray and Logan Taylor scored later in the opening frame on a RBI from Danny Rosenbaum, but that was all the scoring the Cardinals could muster against an Ole Miss pitching staff that allowed just five hits and walked only two on the afternoon.
U of L starter Drew Harrington threw 5.1 innings, allowing eight hits and four runs, while striking out four. Lincoln Henzman and Zack Burdi combined for 2.2 innings of shutout relief, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinals dropped two of three to the host Rebels.
"I thought a lot of good came out of this weekend," said McDonnell. "Obviously, we'd like to get another win or two, but you learn."
While the wins weren't there, there was positives to be taken away from the weekend trip.
"We got a very good start from Drew and I thought our bullpen was very good this whole weekend," McDonnell said. "I thought overall, we played good baseball this weekend.
"My message to the guys was that we were one bat short in many innings and we have to learn from that. How do we have better quality at-bats with runners in scoring position."
Louisville falls to 5-2 overall and will resume action on Tuesday when it hosts Morehead State at Jim Patterson Stadium.