U of L baseball wins home opener, 17-6

The University of Louisville baseball team made its first appearance in the newly renovated and expanded Jim Patterson Stadium a successful one on Wednesday afternoon. The Cardinals had 20 hits and took down Eastern Kentucky University 17-6 to move to 3-1 on the new season.

The University of Louisville baseball team showed off its new digs at the renovated Jim Patterson Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

And they did it in style.

The Cardinals banged out 20 hits and had a solid outing from starting pitcher Dace Kime in a 17-6 victory over Eastern Kentucky University in the first of 36 homes games this season for U of L.

"Offense was the name of the game today," U of L coach Dan McDonnell said. "We pitched well. We didn't play great defense but the conditions were a little tough. Overall, it was a good day."

Louisville improved to 3-1 with the victory, while EKU fell to 1-3. The Cardinals have now won six of their last seven home-openers.

Junior Adam Engel led the way on offense, going 3-for-5 with a double, triple, three runs scored, four RBIs and three stolen bases.

Cole Sturgeon had four hits, two runs and an RBI, while Sutton Whiting finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs.

The Cardinals finished with 11 stolen bases.

Junior Dace Kime picked up the victory, going four innings but allowing just three hits and one run, while striking out five.

The Cardinals scored five runs in the second inning and two in the third. U of L added two in the fifth, one in the sixth and seventh and six in the eighth.