No. 9 University of Louisville scored three times in the first inning and didn’t look back en route to a 7-3 win over Vanderbilt in the Cards’ second game of the NCAA tournament. Senior third baseman Phil Wunderlich paced the Cards’ attack with a 2-4 performance. Wunderlich launched his 21st home run of the season, drove in four runs and scored twice. Freshman right-handed pitcher Matt Koch earned the win after allowing just one run on three hits in six innings.
Koch struck out three Commodores and walked just one. Junior right-handed closer Neil Holland allowed one hit in the final three innings to record his 17th save of the season. Holland struck out five and walked one. Sophomore second baseman Ryan Wright was 2-4 with one RBI and one runs scored. Senior first baseman Andrew Clark scored twice in the game. (Box score)
Player of the game: RHP Matt Koch — After spending the first half of the season as little more than an afterthought in the UofL bullpen, freshman Matt Koch has excelled as a weekend starting pitcher since moving up the pitching depth chart. Koch earned the biggest win in his young career with six strong innings Saturday and moved to 3-0 on the season with a 3.27 ERA. Koch has now made six starts on the season.