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Louisville’s bench celebrates an inning-ending strikeout. | Photo by Jeremy Chisenhall

Following a 3-1 loss to Vanderbilt in the College World Series on Sunday, Louisville baseball is now staring down elimination as they take on Auburn on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

UofL was haunted by home runs in its opening matchup of the 2019 CWS, as the Commodores hit two long balls to propel them to victory. The Cardinals mustered their lone run in the fifth inning with an RBI single from freshman catcher Henry Davis.

Vanderbilt started hot right out of the gate, as the first of two homers came in the bottom of the first inning when sophomore utility player Austin Martin put Reid Detmers’ first pitch over the left field wall.

Davis’ RBI single evened the game at one apiece in the fifth, but Martin took the spotlight again as he smashed his second home run of the day to left-center field. This one came with a runner on base, giving the Commodores a two-run lead that they didn’t surrender.

“It hurts when their best player beats you,” UofL head coach Dan McDonnell told reporters after the loss. “… obviously, you could say their best player beat us today.”

Senior pitcher Brian Hoeing was hit with the loss for UofL. Sophomore pitcher Reid Detmers got the start but was pulled after 5.2 innings with the game tied. Junior pitcher Drake Fellows recorded the win for Vanderbilt, and sophomore reliever Tyler Brown recorded the save.

UofL’s next opponent, Auburn, will come into the elimination game following a late meltdown in its opening game of the CWS. The Tigers led Mississippi State 4-1 going into the bottom of the ninth but gave up four runs and a walk-off win to the Bulldogs. The tying and winning runs were both unearned. The tying run scored on a throwing error by sophomore third baseman Edouard Julien with two outs in the ninth, and the winning run scored on a chopper up the middle that no one could field cleanly.

The winner of the matchup between UofL and Auburn will advance to play the loser of Vanderbilt and Miss. State. The loser’s 2019 season will be over. The matchup between the Tigers and Cardinals will be live on ESPN.

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