#4 Louisville (15-2) rallied from a 4-1 deficit after four innings to split the weekday series against #5 Texas Tech (16-3), beating the Red Raiders 7-4.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak and was Louisville’s first win against a top-five ranked opponent since April 2016, per Kelly Dickey. Texas Tech entered today’s game ranked #1 in the RPI, and as high as fifth in four of the seven national polls.
Cameron Warren kicked it off early for the Red Raiders, driving a three-run homer to left field that gave the Red Raiders an early 3-0 lead. In Louisville’s half of the first, Devin Mann’s RBI sac fly cut into the lead, leaving Louisville trailing 3-1.
Though Texas Tech’s Kurt Wilson added an RBI single in the fourth inning to push Tech’s lead up to 4-1, Louisville managed to mount a successful comeback this time. Josh Stowers drilled his first home run of 2018 in the fifth inning, along with Pat Rumoro and Tyler Fitzgerald tying the game in the sixth with RBIs of their own. A wild pitch from Ty Harpenau allowed Pat Rumoro to score from third, giving Louisville the lead for good.
Louisville would add a run in the seventh off of Drew Campbell’s pinch-hitting RBI single, and another in the eighth after Devin Mann’s sac fly allowed Josh Stowers to score from third.
The Cardinals recorded nine hits from seven batters in their lineup, including Stowers’ home run and Jake Snider’s triple in the first inning. Logan Wyatt and Pat Rumoro (2-for-3 each) both recorded multi-hit games, with Wyatt also having a double in the sixth inning. Though Devin Mann finished 0-for-2 at the plate, he added two RBIs on sac flies to bring his total to a team-high 22.
Reid Detmers made the start for Louisville, and despite allowing the home run in the first inning, finished with three strikeouts and four hits. Bobby Miller made an appearance out of the bullpen, pitching 3.1 innings and retiring 11 of 12 batters he faced. Miller also had five strikeouts in his appearance out of the bullpen and improved his record to 3-0. Sam Bordner made an appearance as Louisville’s closer and struck out the side in the ninth, recording his seventh save of the season.
After batting 5-for-5 at the plate in yesterday’s game, Texas Tech’s Grant Little finished 0-for-4 with a walk. The Red Raiders were held to five hits as a team, led by Cameron Warren’s three-run homer in the first inning. Gabe Holt, Kurt Wilson and Cody Masters each recorded hits for the Red Raiders, but the Red Raiders left ten runners on base.
Louisville looks to continue their momentum on the road against Wake Forest, starting with Friday’s series opener at 6 p.m. ET. The Cardinals will also play the Demon Deacons on Saturday at 4 p.m., and close the series on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.