Cardinals defeated the Terrapins 10-7 on Saturday evening

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- 6th-ranked Louisville saw eight players score at least one run in a 10-7 win over No. 22 Maryland on Saturday

It was a night of offensive back-and-fourth between No. 6 Louisville and No. 22 Maryland during the second day of the opening weekend series at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla.

A night after recording a shutout victory, the Cardinals were forced to hold off a stingy Terrapins squad in a 10-7 victory.  The Cardinals were out-hit 12-10, but five errors and timely late-game pitching helped U of L secure its second win of the young season.

Game MVP

A few are worthy of the game MVP honors, but we'll give the nod to catcher Colby Fitch.  The junior went 2-for-4 at the plate, including a leadoff triple and later scored in the bottom of the fourth that sparked a five run inning for the Cardinals.

He also drew a bases loaded walk in the second inning that plated Jake Snider.

The Stretch

*** Starting pitcher Kade McClure had a lot of work in short time.  The junior righty threw 85 pitches - 48 for strikes - in just 3.2 innings before being removed from the game.  He allowed four runs on five hits and three walks, while also striking out seven.

*** Making his first career start, sophomore Josh Stowers played well in left field and was finished 2-of-4 at the plate, including a ground rule double in the seventh inning.  He scored in the Cardinals four-run second inning.  His first hit, a fourth inning single drove in Drew Ellis.

*** Shortstop Devin Hairston had a strong evening at the plate, finishing 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. 

*** Junior right-hander Lincoln Henzman took the mound for the Cardinals in the seventh inning and was able to finally quiet the Maryland bats.  The Lexington native tossed 2.2 innings without allowing a hit, walking just one and striking out four.  He picked up his first save of the season and fourth of his career.

Extra Bases

*** Louisville played error-free defense for a second consecutive night, while Maryland struggled with five miscues.

*** Jake Sparger collected his first win of the season after throwing 1.1 innings of middle relief.

*** Freshman Jake Snider received the nod at designated hitter and responded with a single to right field in the second inning, later scoring on a bases loaded walk to Fitch.

*** Eight of the Cardinals nine batters scored at least one run.

Up Next

Louisville will close out their opening weekend on Sunday against Ball State at 1:00 p.m.  Freshman Michael McAvene is the scheduled starter.

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