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Louisville hammers Boston College 11-3

Good starting pitching and a lineup that produced a hit from everyone that started the game. That pretty much sums up how game two of this weekend series between the Louisville Cardinals and the Boston College Eagles went. The Cardinals banged out 16 hits, ten of those came against Eagles hurler Dan Metzdorf. The result was an 11-3 thumping by Louisville over Boston College.

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After the game, BC head coach Mike Gambino admitted that his starter had location issues. Too many pitches were left in the middle of the strike zone, and the Cardinals hitters did not miss them. Metzdorf’s final line of 3.1 innings, 10 hits, nine runs all earned would back up the head coaches point that the Junior did not have a feel for his stuff or location. His record falls to 1-7.

The exact opposite can be said of the Cardinals choice to start this game. Nick Bennett was really good. He took a perfect game into the sixth inning before it was finally broken up by a clean single to right field by Eagles DH Anthony Masselli to lead off the inning.

Of the first 15 recorded outs by Bennett (6-1), seven were by way of the ground ball variety.  He pounded the strike zone consistently and got great results because of it. Bennett was in complete control throughout his seven frames of work.

The Cardinals bats took care of this game early, scoring three times in the first, then four more in the third. The top of the first saw the first five Louisville hitters reach against Metzdorf.  The first three were by way of base hits, with the third hit delivered by second baseman Devin Mann that produced the game first run. Mann had a big day for the Cardinals going four-for-six with his rbi.

The Cardinals would tack on two more runs before the inning was over. Metzdorf would hit Josh Stowers to force in the second run. Then an RBI groundout by Drew Campbell brought home the third and final run of the top of the first.

Louisville added to their lead in the third inning by putting up a four-spot on the Eagles. The highlight of the uprising was a two-run home run off the bat of the number nine hitter in the Cardinals lineup Justin Lavey.  The bomb to left field cleared the wall by plenty and was his third blast of the season. It gave the Cardinals a comfortable 9-0 advantage after three innings of play.

Meanwhile, Bennett was taking full advantage of the run support his teammates were giving him. He pitched to contact, without giving in. His defense was solid behind him, and for awhile it looked like Bennett was going to get his first complete game of the season.

But the Eagles did break up the perfect game and the shutout bid in the sixth. After Masselli got the single, one out later he moved up 90 feet on a base hit by Jake Alu. From there he was driven in by an RBI single to center field off the bat of leadoff hitter Jake Palomaki to make the score 9-1 Louisville.

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Both teams would push across two runs against each other’s bullpens in the eighth inning, to make the final score 11-3 Louisville. The win gets the Cardinals over the .500 mark in league play at 12-11, and 32-14 overall. For Boston College, they fall to 6-20 in the ACC and 15 games below. 500 overall at 15-30.

Coach Gambino sounded like a man that has already put this season behind him as he talked about beginning the evaluation process.  He will try and figure out what went wrong. He still believes there is talent on this team, even if he is unsure if it’s a better team. The one thing he is disappointed in is a lack of fight in his squad.

He went on to say that with five games left in the regular season, he wants his seniors to go out with a good feeling. That begins on Sunday since it will be Senior Day at the Heights.

One of those seniors will get the ball for the Eagles, as Brian Rapp will be opposed by Louisville Bobby Miller. First pitch is at noon.

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