The Cardinal Bird shows off his new batting gloves during the University of Louisville baseball team’s home opener Wednesday at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Freshman righthander Nick Burdi launched what may be an impressive career, allowing no runs and three hits in three innings in a 7-2 win over Eastern Kentucky University.  The radar gun indicating most of his pitches were over 90 miles per hour.

First baseman Stewart Ijames had a two-run home run in the seventh inning. Ty Young three hits. U of L plays the next eight games at home, three this weekend hosting Oakland (Mich.) University.

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Among the highlights was the observer correctly picking centerfielder Adam Engel to score the first run, winning the door prize, coupons for freebies at Taco Bell, Puccini’s and Buckhead’s. Hey, these are major awards.

Engel, by the way, had a magical defensive play, robbing EKU of a home run. He reached over the fence, snagging a ball that that had cleared the field.  He was the only one to see the catch.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

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