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WKU Baseball takes mercy rule loss at Louisville

Adin Parks
WKU infielder Blake Cavill (34) drops a warmup ball in between innings during the WKU game against the University of Louisville on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

WKU Baseball’s five-game win-streak was snapped on April 23 in a blowout loss to the Louisville Cardinals 16-5.

The game lasted only seven innings as the mercy rule came into effect.

The Hilltoppers now sit at 29-13 overall and still hold first place in C-USA.

With a loss at Louisville, the Hilltoppers and Cardinals earned a season-series split, a huge step up for WKU who had lost ten in a row to Louisville coming into the season.

Louisville essentially claimed victory over the Hilltoppers in the first inning with an enormous offensive outburst.

The Cardinals scored a whopping 13 runs in the first inning. The runs came in a variety of ways, but included four homeruns, one of which was a grand slam.

WKU used six pitchers in the six frames Louisville hit in. The Hilltoppers first two pitchers to enter the game recorded a total of one out and allowed a combined 12 runs.

The Hilltoppers were able to avoid a shutout with an individual run in the top of the first, a  three-run third that featured a homer and a run in the sixth.

Louisville ultimately had three more runners score in the sixth, giving them a 16-5 lead and making the margin wide enough for a seventh inning mercy-rule.

WKU will travel to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to take on their rival in MTSU April 26-28, in a three-game series.

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