From start to finish, Wright State made sure that Louisville’s opening day would go horribly wrong. The Raiders (1-3) exploded for ten runs and 16 hits to pull out a 10-3 upset win over the Cardinals (1-3).
The loss on opening day is the first for the Cardinals since 2011, and sends Louisville to a three-game losing streak heading into their first weekend series. The three-game losing streak is the first for the Cardinals since 2017.
Wright State’s win would see them hold the lead from wire-to-wire against the Cardinals. Gehrig Anglin put the Raiders ahead 2-0 in the first inning with a two-RBI triple, while Damon Dues and Quincy Hamilton added an RBI single and groundout to increase their lead to 4-0 in the second.
Louisville did get two runs in the bottom of the second inning on Tim Borden’s RBI single, but Wright State would add two more in the top of the fifth. Justin McConnell and Gehrig Anglin had RBIs on a single and fielder’s choice, respectively, to give the Raiders a 6-2 lead halfway through the game.
A wild pitch in the seventh inning managed to bring Trey Leonard home and add a run for Louisville, cutting Wright State’s lead to 7-3.
Four combined runs by the Raiders in the final two innings would put the game out of reach for Louisville. Quincy Hamilton’s RBI single in the eighth inning increased the Wright State lead to 7-3, heading into the ninth. The ninth would see the Raiders get three runs; an error would plate a run, and RBI singles by Cameron Roundtree and Alec Sayre would bring the Raiders into double-digit territory.
Wright State, who entered the game batting .172 after the first weekend, went 16-for-41 (.390) at the plate with ten runs. Damon Dues (3-for-6, RBI) and Quincy Hamilton (4-for-5, two RBIs) led the charge at the top of the order, with Cameron Roundtree (3-for-5, RBI) and Alec Sayre (2-for-5, RBI) also having solid outings at the plate.
Five hits was all that Louisville could get offensively, with Justin Lavey (1-for-2, double) having the only extra-base hit of the game for the Cardinals. Trey Leonard also went 1-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored and two walks. Tim Borden had the two RBIs for Louisville in his 1-for-4 outing.
Louisville will look to snap their three-game losing streak on Friday, taking on Valparaiso at 3:00 ET inside Jim Patterson Stadium.