LOUISVILLE, Ky. Ohio State was defeated by Louisville Tuesday, 21-5, at Jim Patterson Field. The Cardinals, a College World Series team two years ago and looking like an NCAA team again with a 33-13 record, hit six home runs and five doubles as part of a 19-hit night. Ohio State drops to 34-12 with the loss.
A two-out walk in the first inning followed by a 3-0 pitch to All-American third baseman Chris Dominquez led to an early 2-0 Louisville lead. Dominguez stroked that 3-0 pitch into center field for his 15th home run of the season. One batter later, Phil Wunderlich hit his 13th home run of the season to right field for a 3-0 Cardinal lead.
Wunderlich hit a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double in the third inning to break the game open. A five-run inning for the Cardinals resulted and was followed by another five-run inning in the fourth. Louisville now has 16 five-or-more run innings this season and those two put this game out of reach at 13-0.
An interesting side story: Wunderlich, a terrific player, is lucky to be playing. Four weeks ago he was struck by a pitch at the bridge of his nose that broke it in 13 places. As ugly as the situation was, he didn’t miss a game. He wore a mask and moved to designated hitter for two weeks. He then had surgery and went back to outfield and he has been hitting over .400 in the 17 games since, with hits in 15 of those 17 games.
Louisville scored four more runs in the fifth, one in the seventh and three in the eighth. Its Nos. 3-4-5-6-and-7 hitters accounted for 18 runs, 16 hits Adam Duvall and Dominguez had two home runs apiece and 19 RBI. Ohio State scored five runs in the ninth off six singles and a hit batter. T.J. McManus, D.J. Hanlin, David Corna, Cory Kovanda and Cory Rupert had RBIs in the inning.
The two teams will take the field once again Wednesday at 12 noon. It will be a noisy crowd: Cardinal officials are expecting 2,000 elementary school kids at the game as part of their elementary school day at Patterson Stadium.
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