Falcon baseball swept by Louisville

Chris Sojka and Chris Sojka

In last weekend’s series, baseball coach Danny Schmitz said the 26th ranked Louisville Cardinals simply executed better than the Falcons in all aspects of the game. The Falcons, now 0-6 on the season, were swept by scores of 16-5, 8-5 and 9-2 at Jim Patterson Stadium. In their three losses, the team was outscored 32-13, but had almost identical offensive numbers as the Cardinals. BG had two fewer hits, hitting .327 with five extra-base hits on the weekend, while Louisville hit .343 with 11 extra-base hits. The Falcons had no trouble swinging the bats, but struggled closing out games in the late innings. ‘Our bullpen needs to pick it up and we need to pick up intensity,’ Schmitz said. ‘We had trouble scoring in the late innings. ‘There are numerous games we’ve had the lead, but we’ve had a hard time closing out the games.’ Friday: UL: 16, BG: 5 The Falcons jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as a double by catcher Tyler Elkins and an RBI double by third baseman Derek Spencer put the team on the board. In the top of the third inning, outfielder T.J. Blanton led off with a home run. After a walk and a bunt single, Elkins hit an RBI single and Spencer followed with a sacrifice fly, giving him his second RBI of the game and a 4-0 lead. Louisville cut the lead in half with two solo home runs in the bottom of the third and bottom of the fourth innings. With momentum from the two home runs, UL took the lead when they got a run on a single, fly out and a passed ball. With two outs in the inning, BG’s starting pitcher Dusty Hawk gave up a home run, which ended his day on the mound. In that same inning, pitcher Ross Gerdeman gave up a home run, giving Louisville a 5-4 lead. After a walk, a couple hits and an error in the top of the sixth, the Falcons added two more runs, giving them the lead again. Louisville put the game out of reach with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and six runs in the eighth. Junior Logan Meisler, who hit .583 in the series (7-for-12) led the team with three hits in this game. Saturday: UL: 8, BG: 5 The Falcons took an early three-run lead in the second inning on one hit and an error. BG’s Dennis Vaughn led off the third with a single. Everyone was safe after a sacrifice attempt by Meisler, Ryan Schlater walked and the Falcons had the bases loaded with one out. Vaughn scored on a wild pitch, Blanton bunted home Meisler and Schlater scored on an error. In the Louisville eighth, they put the game away with four runs and the Falcons were unable to score the rest of the game. Louisville scored in its last three at-bats to come from behind and beat BG. They scored six runs in their final three at-bats to erase a 5-3 lead the Falcons had. Sophomore pitcher Matt Malewitz had a strong start for BG going five innings, allowing two hits and two unearned runs. He had three strikeouts and walked three on the day. Sunday: UL: 9, BG: 2 The Falcons loaded the bases in the second inning with one out, but we were unable to score. Not taking advantage of the opportunity cost them, as UL scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, giving them an early 2-0 lead. Trying to make a comeback, the Falcons had singles from Meisler and Brian Hangbers in the fourth inning with one out, but Clay Duncan grounded into a double play to end the inning. Louisville put the game away in their last at-bat when they scored five runs on a three RBI singles and a two-run home run. Falcon pitchers hit five Louisville batters in the game and have now hit 18 batters thus far in six games. The Falcons were supposed to take the field today at Dayton, but due to the cold weather, the game was canceled. The team leaves on Friday for Winter Haven, Fla., where they will play eight games in eight days. ‘It will be nice to get outside and get the reps in,’ Schmitz said. ‘We need to start playing Falcon Baseball [which is] blue collar, hard nose baseball.’