In the rubber game of the series, the fourth-ranked Louisville baseball team took an 8-3 loss against No. 20 Connecticut on Sunday. The game was played at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Avery Santos got the win for the Huskies, allowing one run in two innings of work in relief of starter Joe Simeone. Jacob Wallace picked up the final four outs for his second save of the weekend.

Louisville starting pitcher Bryan Hoeing took the loss, giving up five runs across four innings. The righty struck out four and gave up six hits.

For the third consecutive game, it was the Cardinals that got on the scoreboard first. Jake Snider was hit by a pitch with one away in the bottom of the first inning and was brought home on a RBI single by Logan Wyatt.

Hoeing worked his way through the first two innings without trouble and retired the first two hitters of the third. However, UConn (2-1) strung together consecutive singles and a hit by pitch to load the bases. Christian Fedko then hit a long fly ball to left field that carried out over the wall to give the Huskies a 4-1 advantage.

Louisville (1-2) answered right back with a solo home run off the bat of Wyatt, his first of the season. UConn’s response was immediate though, as a two-out RBI single pushed the margin back out to three.

Drew Campbell brought the final run across the plate for the Cards in the fifth, scoring Wyatt with a ground ball. However, Louisville still had opportunities over the final four innings.

The Cardinals put runners on second and third with just one out in the sixth, but were unable to cut into the two-run deficit. Connecticut then put a run up in the seventh and added two more in the eighth.

The final opportunity came in the eighth, as Lucas Dunn doubled to start a two-out rally. Tyler Fitzgerald and Snider each drew walks to load the bases for Ethan Stringer. In a 2-2 count, Stringer was hit by a pitch, but the home plate umpire ruled that he didn’t attempt to get out of the way, resulting in a third strike and the final out of the inning.

Louisville then went in order in the ninth to close out the loss.

Dunn, Danny Oriente and Wyatt each had two of UofL’s nine hits. Wyatt reached base in his first three trips to the plate to run his streak to eight straight plate appearances in which he reached before being retired to start the seventh.

Louisville will begin a 14-game homestand on Wednesday against Eastern Kentucky. The home opener is scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. first pitch.

Stephen WilliamsAssistant Sports Information DirectorUniversity of Louisville Athletics

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