Louisville Over Thunder(ing Herd)

Thundering Whiff

Just got home from Jim Patterson Stadium, where the Louisville Cardinals baseball team beat the visiting Thundering Herd of Marshall. Nope, despite our great seats right behind the plate (see our cellphone photo of a Herd player whiffing at a pitch above), we didn’t hear anybody yell out “WE ARE MARSHALL!” So that was kind of disappointing. But the Cards won, 12-8, despite giving up four runs in the first inning, and we had a good time at our first (but definitely not last) baseball game of the season. Read more about it from the University of Louisville Athletics site:

Josh Richmond, Justin McClanahan and Chris Dominguez went a combined 10 for 15 at the plate with eight RBI and scored seven times, leading the University of Louisville to a 12-8 win over Marshall on Wednesday evening in The Ville.

The Thundering Herd (14-16-1) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first when Kurt Lipton, Tommy Johnson, Jeff Rowley and Tyler Oliver each plated runs in consecutive fashion for Marshall.

After Cardinal (17-13) starter James Belanger set down the Herd in order in the top of the second, the UofL offense ignited in the bottom of the frame, taking a 6-4 lead.

Andrew Clark, Jeff Arnold and Alec Lowrey hit consecutive singles to load the bases for Kyle Cheesebrough. The junior catcher, pressed into duty due to an injury to senior receiver Derrick Alfonso, lifted a deep fly ball to center that scored Clark and put the Cards on the board.

An RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Drew Haynes cut the lead in half, and after John Dao singled, Richmond and McClanahan hit consecutive RBI singles to tie the game at four.

Dominguez then drilled a double to center that plated two and gave the Cards their first lead.

The win was particularly sweet since it came after the Cards’ extra innings loss, 7-6, to the Kentucky Wildcats the day before. The Cards and Cats have a rematch scheduled for April 22nd at Jim Patterson Stadium, and hopefully we’ll be there. And speaking of sweet, we had a waffle cone of butter pecan ice cream from Ehrler’s at the Stadium today, and it was awesome! Yeah!

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