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