For immediate release: March 30, 2021
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CINCINNATI, Ohio – The fifth-ranked University of Louisville baseball team was walked off for the second consecutive game as the Cardinals took a 13-12 loss in 10 innings at Cincinnati on Tuesday night.
Louisville (16-7) had plenty of offense on Tuesday, scoring 12 runs on 15 hits, however it was unable to keep the Bearcats off the board.
The game went to extra innings knotted up at 11, but Christian Knapczyk gave the Cardinals the lead back with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Lucas Dunn.
However, Cincinnati (11-10) strung together a walk and four hits against Kaleb Corbett in the bottom half of the inning, including a walk-off single with the bases loaded to pick up the win. The two runs in the 10th were the first of the season scored against the Louisville closer.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first, the Cardinals scored eight consecutive runs over the next three innings and led 8-2 after three-and-a-half frames. Knapczyk had a two-run triple to tie the game in the second and Cooper Bowman and Luke Brown followed with run-scoring knocks in the four-run inning.
Two innings later, Louisville plated four more runs. Henry Davis doubled home a pair and consecutive two-baggers from Cameron Masterman and Lucas Dunn added two more to the board.
The Bearcats responded with four runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth and then tied the game at eight with a two-run homer in the fifth.
Trey Leonard gave the Cardinals the lead back with one swing in the sixth, launching a two-run blast deep into the night, but the lead wouldn’t last long. Cincinnati tied the game with another two-run home run and seesawed in front on a solo shot from the next batter.
Leonard came through again in the eighth, lining a double into the left-centerfield gap to bring Dunn home from first to once again tie the ballgame.
Kellan Tulio and Corbett pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to get the game to extra innings.
Leonard had a career-night at the plate to lead the Cardinals, going 4-for-6 with a homer, two doubles, three RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Bowman, Brown, Davis and Dunn all had multi-hit nights as well.
Louisville is back at home starting on Friday for the first of seven straight at Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch of the weekend series against Wake Forest is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. ET.
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