Kentucky drops game one of the two-game season series with the Cardinals this afternoon with an 8-3 loss in Louisville. Louisville has won eight straight against Kentucky in Louisville and 10 out of their last 12.
Kentucky hurt themselves in this one, as five of Louisville’s first six runs were unearned on two errors early. After TJ Collett put the Wildcats on the board with a two-RBI single in the third inning, Louisville got two right back on a double and a triple which was aided by the inning being extended after a Coltyn Kessler error. Then, the Cards tacked on four more in the fourth to take a commanding 6-1 lead.
Louisville got one more in the fifth with an RBI double by Campbell and to finish it off, a Zeke Lewis error allowed one more Cardinal to score in the eighth.
Kentucky did threaten in the eighth, however; Collett started the inning with an RBI double that scored Austin Schultz, then the Cats would load the bases with one out, but Dalton Reed and Trae Harmon left them stranded. Kentucky would strike for no runs in the ninth, and the Cats would fall 8-3.
Mason Hazelwood was the losing pitcher in this one, only going three innings. He just gave up two hits and a walk, but the defense behind him wasn’t much help as four runs crossed the plate with Hazelwood on the mound. Only one run was earned.
Kentucky will look to even the series with Louisville on April 16 at Kentucky Proud Park. Until then, the Cats will continue their eight-game road trip in Columbia, Missouri this weekend when they take on the Missouri Tigers Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network+. The Cats are now 16-13 on the year.