LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Adam Duvall's two-out, RBI single to left field in the bottom of the eighth plated two Cardinals as #28 Louisville (16-6) came from behind to nip Western Kentucky University (15-7) 7-6 in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium. The loss is the Hilltoppers fourth-straight road, non-conference setback while the Cardinals won for the 15th time in 17 home games.
The game marked the 121st meeting between the in-state rivals with WKU still holding a 65-56 advantage. The series is tied for the fifth most meetings with a single opponent in WKU history. The Hilltoppers are now 101-83 all-time against the 12 current baseball-playing members of the Big East Conference.
Duvall struck in the first inning with a two-run homer to left field giving Louisville an early 2-0 advantage. The junior second baseman went 2-for-4 with four RBI and one run scored. Ryan Wright, who belted a game-high three hits on the afternoon, drove in one of his two RBI in the first with a double down the left field line, extending the spread to 3-0.
WKU got their potent offense rolling in the top of the second inning with a two-out, RBI double to right field off the bat of J.B. Paxson scoring Matt Hightower and Terrence Dayleg to make it a one-run game, 3-2. Paxson now has eight two-out RBI on the season and 33 for his career.
Still trailing 3-2 heading to the fifth, Jeremy Coleman and Matt Payton singled off Cardinal starter Bob Revesz while Wade Gaynor drew a walk off reliever Gabriel Shaw, setting up slugger Chad Cregar with the bases loaded and no outs. Cregar delivered a grand slam blast over the wall in right to put the Hilltoppers ahead 6-3. It was the 11th long ball of the season for the senior from Oxford, Miss., giving him 32 RBI on the season. No Topper had a multi-hit day, but seven of the nine players in the line-up had a hit.
Down to their final four outs, however, the Cardinals made a rally. Duvall singled to left field with two on and two outs in the eighth, driving in Drew Haynes and Jeff Arnold with the game winner.
Gavin Logsdon (2-0) worked 1.2 innings of relief for Louisville, not allowing a run or a hit, walking two and striking out a pair for the victory. Tony Zych (1) worked a perfect ninth for his first save.
Bart Carter scattering five runs, all earned, on seven hits and two walks, striking out two in 4.0 innings in the no decision for WKU. Chad Adcock and Garrie Krueger combined for 2.2 scoreless innings. Ben Paxton (1-1) gave up just the one hit, but it was the game winner, thus suffering the loss in 1.0 inning of work.
Ten of the game's 13 runs were scored via home runs.