The eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team suffered its first home loss of the season on Tuesday, falling 5-4 in 10 innings against Xavier at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Louisville (5-3) never led on Tuesday, but had an answer for each of the first four Xavier runs.

The Musketeers jumped on the board first with three consecutive singles to open the ballgame and added a second with a sacrifice fly. However, UofL starting pitcher Luke Smith limited the damage with a double play to end the frame.

The Louisville attack got rolling in similar fashion, with consecutive singles from Lucas Dunn and Jake Snider starting the bottom half of the inning. Tyler Fitzgerald cut the deficit in half with a sacrifice fly that scored Dunn, and Danny Oriente knotted the game up at two with a run-scoring single two batters later.

The contest remained tied at two until the fourth when Xavier (2-5) picked up a two-out RBI single to move back in front.

Louisville had the answer again though, as Dunn singled and stole second with one out in the fifth and Snider dropped a double down the left field line to tie the game up at three apiece.

Xavier grabbed the lead back on a wild pitch in the eighth, but the lead would be short-lived again. Drew Campbell led off the bottom of the frame with an infield single and came around to score the tying run on Henry Davis’ double to left.

Both teams went quietly in the ninth, however the Musketeers edged ahead in the 10th via a passed ball.

Oriente worked a five-pitch walk to start the bottom of the 10th, with Louisville looking for an answer one more time. With one away, Ethan Stringer doubled into right to move pinch-runner Adam Elliott to third and put a pair of runners in scoring position. A fly ball off the bat of Davis proved not to be deep enough to bring the runner home and a strikeout ended the comeback effort for the Cardinals.

Jared Poland (1-1) took the loss for Louisville, allowing the eventual winning run in his 1.1 innings of work. Smith ended with a no decision, giving up three runs over five innings.

Dunn and Snider each had two-hit days at the plate, accounting for three of the Cardinals’ four runs.

Louisville is back in action this weekend with a three-game series scheduled against James Madison. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., ET, at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Stephen WilliamsAssistant Sports Information DirectorUniversity of Louisville Athletics

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