Strong pitching led the way on Friday night at Jim Patterson Stadium as Vrable’s Ravens took game three of the 14th annual Louisville Baseball Pizza Bowl 3-1.

Carter Lohman, Tate Kuehner and Jared Poland combined to allow one run on just four hits in the seven inning contest to give the Ravens their first victory of the series. Lohman struck out four over three scoreless innings, while Kuehner allowed the lone run in 2.2 innings and Poland closed the door retiring four of the five batters he faced.

Snider’s Saints got a strong effort on the mound from Evan Webster, as the freshman struck out five and allowed only two hits in 3.2 innings. Adam Elliott pitched the final inning for the Saints and struck out the side in order.

The game was scoreless through four and a half innings before a single by Trace Willhoite scored Wyatt Stevenson to push the Ravens in front. The Saints answered right back though, as Levi Usher lined a single to right-centerfield to bring Trey Leonard across for the tying run in the top of the sixth.

Friday night’s contest was decided with one swing in the bottom of the sixth, with Zach Britton following a Chris Seng leadoff walk with a two-run homer to right field.

The series continues on Monday with game four and will wrap up on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled for 3 p.m., ET.

ABOUT THE PIZZA BOWL

Upon his hiring as Louisville head coach in the summer of 2006, Dan McDonnell immediately created an atmosphere of competition throughout the Cardinals baseball program. Whether it’s through conditioning in the Omaha Challenge, or in preseason scrimmages, McDonnell creates competitive situations to give his players numerous opportunities to prepare for what they will see during conference and postseason games.

One of the most effective ways McDonnell and his coaching staff can provide the Louisville players with those competitive, game-like situations is through the annual Pizza Bowl series. Following approximately six weeks of fall practice sessions, the Cardinals take to the field for what started as a one-game scrimmage in the fall of 2006 and has become an ultra-competitive three-game or five-game intra-squad series. The winning team is rewarded by being served as much pizza as it would like by the losing squad, which in turn shares what is left. The Pizza Bowl series has become an exciting and highly anticipated ending to the fall for Louisville coaches, players and fans.
 
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Stephen WilliamsAssistant Sports Information DirectorUniversity of Louisville Athletics

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