But what had area baseball fans talking was the two pitchers on the mound in the second, third and fourth innings.
Louisville lefty starter Adam Wolf (8-2, 2.63 ERA), a 2015 Edison graduate, started and pitched seven innings for the Cardinals, who reached the College World Series a year ago.
Kent State starter Joey Murray (9-2) faced 12 batters and allowed eight runs. Forced to go to relief while saving arms for a potential elimination game on Saturday, KSU coach Jeff Duncan brought in starter Ryan Lane, a 2017 New London graduate, to take over for Murray.
On March 30, 2015 in the high school baseball season opener, Wolf and Lane were the starting pitchers for both the Chargers and Wildcats. New London and Lane won that game, 4-2.
On Friday, first-pitch temperature was 101 degrees. In his seven innings, Wolf threw 107 pitches (63 strikes) in the Texas heat. He faced 31 batters and allowed six earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
In his three innings of relief, Lane faced 17 batters and allowed two earned runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout. He threw 51 pitches (31 strikes), and for the season is 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA.
Wyatt's seven RBIs matched Louisville's single-game record for an NCAA tournament game.
Louisville (44-17) loaded the bases in the bottom of the first on two singles and a walk before Wyatt's slam. Drew Campbell added an RBI triple and the first Cardinals out was a sacrifice fly that made it 6-1. Wyatt went deep again for a 9-2 lead.
Pete Schuler and Nick Elsen homered for Kent State (39-17).
The Cardinals, the No. 2 seed in the Lubbock regional, play host Texas Tech later tonight. Kent State takes on New Mexico State at 3 p.m. in an elimination game.