Cards sweep Alabama; land top commitment

It was a big weekend for the University of Louisville baseball program, sweeping SEC foe Alabama in a three-game series. The Cardinals won the final game 8-7 in 10 innings on Sunday and also picked up a major commitment in recruiting.

University of Louisville junior third baseman Ty Young smacked a game-winning RBI single to right in the bottom of the 10th inning on Sunday as the Cardinals downed Alabama 8-7 to sweep the three-game series.

Young's single plated Sutton Whiting, who started the inning with a leadoff walk. Adam Engel then reached on a bunt single before Coco Johnson was intentionally walked to load the bases for the Cardinals.

And that's when Young delivered on a 2-1 pitch.

Louisville saw its season record jump to 12-2 with the walk-off victory, which was the second of the weekend after a 4-3 win in 14 innings on Friday. The Cardinals had a season-high crowd of 3,240.

Young was one of six players for U of L with two hits on the day. Engel and Johnson had two hits, including their first home runs of the season. Whiting doubled and tripled and scored two runs.

The Cardinals used eight pitchers in the game with Kyle McGrath throwing a perfect 10th inning to get the win and go 2-0 on the season. Jared Ruxer got the start but recorded his fourth straight no decision.

U of L will play Purdue on Wednesday at noon. The 12-2 start for the Cardinals is the second best in seven years under Dan McDonnell trailing only the 2010 team that started the season 13-1.

CARDS LAND A COMMITMENT

The Cardinals also won in recruiting on Sunday.

Louisville landed a verbal commitment from a top-100 prospect in the Class of 2015 – Joshua Sowers.

The outfielder from Westchester, Ill., Mount Carmel tweeted that he committed to U of L. He made a visit to campus in November.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Stowers is ranked No. 87 nationally in the Class of 2015 and the No. 19 outfielder by PerfectGame.org. He's the No. 2 prospect in Illinois.


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