LOUISVILE, Ky. - With single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, No. 23 Louisville edged the Western Kentucky University baseball team 3-1 Tuesday night at Jim Patterson Stadium.
WKU (16-8) was limited to one run on four hits and will look to even the season series with Louisville (16-8) on April 5 when the two teams face off at Bowling Green Ballpark in downtown Bowling Green. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Hilltoppers sophomore Taylor Haydel (2-2) allowed two runs on two hits with a pair of walks and strikeout in two innings.
WKU starting pitcher Phil Wetherell limited Louisville to an unearned run on two hits in a career-high four innings. The junior matched a season-high with five strikeouts. Freshman Brian Doering gave up a hit and struck out two in two innings.
"Outside of not getting the W, we got out of tonight what we wanted to, which was get Phil Wetherell straightened out," WKU coach Chris Finwood said. "I thought he threw the ball great, should have been out of there with no runs. He threw the ball great. Brian Doering threw the ball great. Those were two things that we really wanted to see tonight at game time and we did, so those were positives."
Cardinal junior Derek Self (2-0) shut out the Hilltoppers in 1-1/3 innings of work. Right hander Tony Zych picked up his seventh save of the year with a scoreless ninth.
The Hilltoppers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on an RBI single Huck. Right fielder Ryan Hutchison scored on the play after leading off the inning with a walk.
The Cardinals tied the game at 1-1 with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth. Third baseman Ty Young singled to lead off the inning, stole second base and came around to score on a throwing error.
Louisville took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by shortstop Alex Chittenden, scoring pinch runner Adam Engel.
The Cardinals added a run in the bottom of the eight on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Ryan Wright to make the score 3-1.
Louisville starter Jeff Thompson allowed one run on one hit with four walks and seven strikeouts in 5-1/3 innings. Relievers Joe Stilphen and Gabriel Shaw shut out WKU on two hits in 1-1/3 innings.
The Hilltoppers return to action Wednesday with a 6 p.m. matchup against Belmont at Nick Denes Field. WKU will send right hander Rye Davis (1-2, 6.60 ERA) against the Bruins' right hander Garrett Fanchier (1-2, 4.20).
Rankings are based on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association collegiate baseball poll released Monday.