NCAA Tournament Rewind: Louisville baseball tops Radford – The Courier-Journal
Hello and welcome to our live blog for Louisville baseball’s NCAA Tournament regional opener vs. Radford.
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Final: Louisville 11, Radford 6. A tough outing for Kade McClure but Josh Stowers, Sam Bordner and Jake Snider picked him up and delivered an NCAA Tournament victory for the Cards.
Next up: Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Saturday right here at Patterson Stadium. It’ll be on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app again.
End eighth: No drama here, just a zero on the board for Louisville. To the ninth we go, with U of L leading Radford, or, as my mom and her New England accent would say, Radfid, 11-6.
Mid-eighth: You know who else is piping, scathing hot right now? Sam Bordner. The Louisville reliever has thrown 2 1/3 innings, struck out three and surrendered approx. zero hits. Still 11-6, Louisville.
Bottom seventh: Josh Stowers. Piping hot. So, so hot right now. Josh Stowers. Piping hot.
RBI double for the left fielder, his fifth double in the last 12-plus games and second of this beautiful evening. It’s 10-6, U of L.
Josh Stowers, blazing hot right now. Just stole third. The throw went somewhere into the Ohio River, and Stowers coasted home. It’s 11-6, Louisville.
Top seventh: OK, another sequence of interest … Lead-off guy Clayton Baine appeared to get hit by a pitch or take it off the handle of the bat. Either way, he was awarded first. Luke Wise grounded into a fielder’s choice. He was picked off at first. That got a yuuuuge road from the crowd. Backwards K ended the frame. Louisville up 9-6.
Bottom sixth: Josh Stowers. So hot right now. Josh Stowers.
Louisville’s left fielder is 18 for his last 46, including a lead-off single to start the sixth. He stole second. Then Jake Snider smashed his first career homer to take Louisville’s lead back. It’s 8-6, Louisville, with no one out.
Brendan McKay grounded in another run. So, that was a pretty strong answer from U of L. Cards now lead 9-6.
Top sixth: Well, this is something. Dan McDonnell leaves Kade McClure in to face Adam Whitacre, who slugged the grand slam, with two runners on. Whitacre promptly delivers a two-run triple. Tie ballgame.
That’s it for McClure, who goes 5 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on five hits.
Sam Border gets an inning-ending strikeouts. Tied at 6, though.
End fifth: Louisville has gone quietly into the night, at least for the last two innings, going 1-2-3 twice. 6-4, Cards.
Top fifth: A good response from Kade McClure, who gets Radford 1-2-3. 6-4, Louisville.
End fourth: 1-2-3 for the Cards. Still 6-4, Louisville.
Top four: More things are happening. Kyle Butler ended Kade McClure’s no hitter with a lead-off double. Matt Roth walked. After a Danny Hrbek popout, Jonathan Gonzalez was hit by a pitch. Josh Stowers showed off his cannon with a quick and impressive delivery of a throw from left field on a lineout.
Then … whoa. Adam Whitacre swatted a grand slam just over the right-field fence. Just his third home run in 186 at bats this season. It’s a game again. Louisville leads, 6-4.
End third: OK, a lot is happening … Logan Taylor singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. Colby Fitch grounded back to the pitcher. Devin Mann singled Taylor in. Brendan McKay singled Mann to third. Then McKay tried to steal second, and Radford catcher Jonathan Gonzalez sent his throw to Indianapolis, which allowed Mann to score and McKay to take third. Drew Ellis plated McKay with a sacrifice fly. Devin Hairston walked and took two bases on Colin Lyman’s single. Lyman stole second and … Josh Stowers doubled.
It’s 5-0, Louisville, and Radford is making a pitching change with two outs. Tough day for Danny Hrbek, who is done after 2 2/3 innings of work. He is responsible, by the way, for Stowers, who just scored on a Jake Snider single. Louisville leads, 6-0.
Top third: Kade McClure is rolling. The lanky righty just rolled off three consecutive strikeouts. Or strikeahts as they say in Pittsburgh. He’s got four strikeouts through three innings of work and just 37 pitches on the ledger. There are zero runs on the scoreboard at this very second.
End second inning: Devin Hairston hit a flare down the right-field line and used his speed to make it a hustle-double. The crowd oohed when Radford right fielder Adam Whitacre stumbled down after grabbing the bouncing ball, but only because Hairston had already started his dive into second. U of L stranded Hairston after Josh Stowers’ hit-by-pitch, though. No score.
Top second inning: Jonathan Gonzalez walked to start the second for the Highlanders. But Devin Mann and Devin Hairston turned a heckuva double play to erase Gonzalez. By the way, the Puerto Rico-sized cloud that was, at the game’s start, the only cloud in the sky is now looking a bit more like Cuba and Hispaniola now. Scoreless still.
End first inning: Devin Mann slapped a line-drive single to center, but Brendan McKay flied out to left to end the inning. Nothing doing. Scoreless after one.
Top first inning: We are underway at exactly 6:23, and at 6:24, Kade McClure struck out Radford’s Kyle Butler. Matt Roth flied out to center field, and Danny Hrbek hit a little flare toward the hole but Louisville’s Drew Ellis made a nice leaping grab. Scoreless after a half inning.
CF Logan Taylor (.269)
C Colby FItch (.262)
2B Devin Mann (.271)
1B Brendan McKay (.363)
3B Drew Ellis (.376)
SS Devin Hairston (.309)
RF Colin Lyman (.283)
LF Josh Stowers (.299)
DH Jake Snider (.227)
RHP Kade McClure (7-3, 3.24 ERA)
2B Kyle Butler (.314)
3B Matt Roth (.257)
P Danny Hrbek (.261)
C Jonathan Gonzalez (.286)
1B Spencer Horwitz (.317)
RF Adam Whitacre (.266)
LF Anthony Miano (.252)
SS Clayton Baine (.231)
CF Luke Wise (.240)
RHP Danny Hrbek (5-5, 4.42 ERA)