Ruxer leads U of L baseball to victory

The University of Louisville baseball team starts the season 2-1 after beating Delaware 6-1 in the final game of the three-game swing in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday. The Cardinals open the season at home on Wednesday.

Junior Jared Ruxer pitched a strong 5.2 innings and picked up the win on Sunday as the University of Louisville baseball team beat Delaware 6-1 in Charleston, S.C.

The Cardinals moved to 2-1 on the season.

Ruxer, a right-handed pitcher, struck out five and allowed only one run on three hits and two walks. U of L scored four in the first inning and Ruxer did the rest until he was taken out.

"I felt good out there and the slider was definitely working well for me today," Ruxer said. "It's nice getting those runs in the first inning and it takes a little weight off of your shoulders. We did a great job of jumping on them in the first, which is something our team has done in the past and that was huge today."

Jeff Gardner, who won the opener with a walk-off home run on Friday, had a three-run triple in the first. Danny Rosenbaum also had an RBI sacrifice fly in the first.

Gardner and Sturgeon had two hits apiece for the Cardinals, who led 5-0.

U of L will open a 17-straight home stand with a 3 p.m. first pitch on Wednesday against Eastern Kentucky University at Jim Patterson Stadium.