Cincinnati Baseball Drops Midweek Decision at No. 5 Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team lost 7-1 to No. 5 Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday night in the team’s only midweek matchup of the week. Six different Bearcats players recorded hits in the game.

 // Notables

– Cincinnati falls to 21-23-1 on the year while No. 5 Louisville improves to 36-9.

– UC starter A.J. Olasz (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin Area) ( 1-5) was saddled with the loss while UofL starter Kade McClure (9-0) earned the victory.

– Sophomore Treg Haberkorn (Leo, Ind./Leo) singled in the fifth inning and has reached base safely in 19 consecutive games.

– Sophomore Kyle Mottice (Canal Fulton, Ohio/Jackson) singled in the fifth inning to extend his on-base streak to 12 games.

 

// Key Innings

Bottom of the First

The Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. After two quick outs, sophomore Joey Thomas (Mason, Ohio/Mason) made a great diving play to save extra bases but an error on the ensuing throw put a UofL runner on base. Back-to-back walks by Olasz loaded the bases before a single up the middle by Blake Tiberi scored two runs for the home team.

Top of the Second

Cincinnati answered immediately, scoring a run in the second to cut the UofL lead to 2-1. With two outs, freshman A.J. Bumpass (Rougemont, N.C./Northern) drew a walk before a single by Thomas put two runners on. With freshman Vince Augustine (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) at bat, a perfectly executed hit-and-run scored Bumpass from second base to get the Bearcats on the board.

Bottom of the Sixth

After scoring single runs in the second, third and fourth innings for a 5-1 lead, the Cardinals tacked on another in the sixth. With two outs and a runner on first base, sophomore Dalton Lehnen (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North) entered to pitch for the Bearcats and gave up an RBI-double on his first pitch. He only needed three pitches to get the next batter to ground out to end the damage.