The Cardinals got five strong innings from starting pitcher Thomas Royse and balanced offense at the plate to open the season 1-0.
"This was definitely a complete game and it started with Thomas setting the tone on the mound for the pitching staff," said Cards' head coach Dan McDonnell. "We made a lot of routine plays defensively, and then we had the huge two-out hit in the third inning by Ryan Wright that got the offense going. We realize it's not going to be like that every time we play, but as a coach, it's always my goal for us to have a complete game like that. It's a great way to start out the season and hopefully, we realize we start 0-0 tomorrow."
Royse, who is being counted on to replace Justin Marks in the pitching rotation, allowed only two hits and one run in five innings of work. He struck out five.
"I was a little nervous stepping into the shoes of Justin Marks as the Friday starter, but I feel like I did a solid job today," said Royse. "I know that I have a great offensive lineup behind me and a strong pitching staff around me, so that makes my job a lot easier."
Bowling Green scored the game's first run in the top of the third, but the Cardinals answered with three runs in the bottom of the third inning and never looked back. Louisville added six more runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, and three in the seventh.
First baseman Andrew Clark and left fielder Stewart lJames each drove in three runs, while Phil Wunderlich and Ryan Wright both drove in two runs. Lead-off batter Josh Richmond was 2 for 4 and scored four runs, while Adam Duvall was 3 for 5 with three runs scored. Ljames also went 3 for 5 on the day. Ljames, Wunderlich, Clark and Duvall all doubled in the game.
Matt Lea pitched two innings relief for the Cardinals, giving up one hit and striking out two batters. Justin Amlung allowed three hits and struck out two in two innings pitched.
Due to inclement weather forecasts for the Louisville area for Sunday, the Cardinals and Falcons will conclude their weekend series with a doubleheader (two 9-inning games) on Saturday at noon ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.