The 19th-ranked University of Louisville baseball team used a combination of six different pitchers to achieve a four-hit shutout against No. 10 Kentucky on Tuesday night in Lexington. The Cardinals secured a 7-0 victory, breaking their four-game losing streak and marking their third shutout of the season.
Evan Webster (2-2) started the game strong for Louisville, pitching two scoreless innings. Kade Grundy and Kaleb Corbett continued the momentum, each contributing two scoreless innings of their own. Patrick Forbes, Kayden Campbell, and Tate Kuehner kept the shutout intact by pitching scoreless seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, respectively.
Offensively, the game remained quiet until the seventh inning, with Jack Payton’s solo home run in the second inning being the sole run. The Louisville bats came alive in the seventh, with Isaac Humphrey doubling the lead following three consecutive singles. A passed ball allowed Logan Beard to score, and Payton’s single brought Humphrey home, extending the lead to 4-0.
In the eighth inning, Gavin Kilen’s double brought in two more runs, and Tyeler Hawkins’ pinch-hit solo home run in the ninth solidified the 7-0 victory. The bottom third of Louisville’s batting order was particularly impactful, as Brandon Anderson, Beard, and Humphrey collectively went 7-for-12 with five runs scored. Payton contributed two hits, including his ninth home run of the year.
The Louisville Cardinals now return home to face Miami in a series that begins on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.