LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – In a game that started just over 24 hours before it eventually ended, the University of Louisville baseball team stayed alive in the College World Series by putting Auburn 5-3 at TD Ameritrade Park in Orlando in the resumption of a suspended
Tyler Fitzgerald got the Cardinals started with a solo home run in the first on Tuesday and the Cards took advantage of a two-run error by Auburn second-baseman Ryan Bliss in the third, then had to wait after the game resumed, then Louisville held on, getting Auburn to leave the bases loaded in the eighth and ending the game with the potential
Louisville got two innings from Adam Elliott and two from Michael McAvene before Michael Kirian picked up his fifth save of the season. Louisville won his 50th game against 1
"I thought our bullpen did a great job," Louisville coach Dan McDonnell told ESPN. "We had to pitch five innings and did not want to use another starter, either to Nick Bennett or Luke Smith."
Louisville got the chance to blow the game open in the eighth after a Drew Campbell single scored Jake Snider and put U of L up 5-2 with two on and nobody out.
McDonnell went with McAvene in the seventh inning, giving him the closer his first job since being ejected in the regional and having to serve and four-game suspension. He gave up a run and five hits in two innings of work, though he got a big strikeout to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth.
In the ninth, Kirian gave up a home run to Conor Davis and a double to Steven Williams to bring the tying run to the plate, but ended the game on a strikeout
"We got a rally," McDonnell told ESPN. "We messed that one inning up. But what's the key to this? Making pitches, making plays and getting timely hitting, and we got just enough. "
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