Despite dropping the opening game, Snider’s Dodgers rallied back and won three straight on their way to a victory in the 2020 University of Louisville baseball Pizza Bowl series.
The Dodgers clinched the series in walk-off fashion with a 5-4 victory in game four, before the Braves captured the finale 5-1.
Chris Seng led the way for the Dodgers in the clincher, picking up a pair of hits, including a two-run double to give them the lead in the fourth inning. Seng then stepped to the plate in the ninth and singled home the winning run in the walk-off win.
Lucas Dunn and Jared Poland each had a pair of hits in game four as well, with Dunn launching his first home run of the series for the Braves.
The final game of the Pizza Bowl was led by effective starting pitching. Glenn Albanese turned in his second strong start of the five-game set, striking out 11 in just 4.1 scoreless innings for the Dodgers.
After three first-inning hits led to a run, Cameron Robinson settled in on the other side for the Braves and retired the final 11 batters he faced.
Trailing 1-0, the Braves tied the game on a Jared Poland homer in the fifth and took the lead one inning later behind Luke Brown’s RBI single. Cameron Masterman then put the cherry on top in the seventh, crushing a long three-run blast, his second of the series, to give the Braves their final margin of victory.
Riley Phillips, J.R. Langworthy and Trevor Amburgey combined for three scoreless innings in relief of Robinson to help secure the win.
The end of the Pizza Bowl series marks the close of the fall season for the Louisville baseball program.
ABOUT THE PIZZA BOWL
Upon his hiring as Louisville head coach in the summer of 2006, Dan McDonnell immediately created an atmosphere of competition throughout the Cardinals baseball program. Whether it’s through conditioning in the Omaha Challenge, or in preseason scrimmages, McDonnell creates competitive situations to give his players numerous opportunities to prepare for what they will see during conference and postseason games.
One of the most effective ways McDonnell and his coaching staff can provide the Louisville players with those competitive, game-like situations is through the annual Pizza Bowl series. Following approximately six weeks of fall practice sessions, the Cardinals take to the field for what started as a one-game scrimmage in the fall of 2006 and has become an ultra-competitive three-game or five-game intra-squad series. The Pizza Bowl series has become an exciting and highly anticipated ending to the fall for Louisville coaches, players and fans.
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|STEPHEN WILLIAMSAssistant Sports Information Director | Louisville Athletics|