Louisville wins season opener 5-1

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- No. 7 Louisville received a dominating performance from All-American righty Kyle Funkhouser and a pair of RBIs from sophomore Nick Solak to fuel the Cardinals 5-1 season-opening win over Alabama State in the Opening Weekend Challenge.

The University of Louisville baseball season is underway and the Cardinals received a dominating performance from All-American Kyle Funkhouser in a 5-1 win over Alabama State in the Opening Weekend Challenge at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

After leaving five runners stranded on base during the games first two inning, the Cardinals scored the first run in the top of the first when a sacrifice fly by sophomore Blake Tiberi scored sophomore Corey Ray for a 1-0 lead.

Louisville plated three runs in seventh, when sophomore Nick Solak hit a two-run single to drive in a pair. Solak scored moments later when Ray connected for his second double of the game.

The Cardinals added an insurance run in the eighth when Will Smith scored off a single by Logan Taylor.

However, the story of the game, as evidenced by the numerous Major League Baseball scouts watching from behind plate, was the performance of Funkhouser. The 6-foot-3 righty threw seven innings, striking out 12, while allowing just one hit and walking one.

Dan McDonnell

Louisville will face South Florida in its second contest of the Opening Weekend Challenge on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. The Cardinals will meet nationally-ranked Cal State Fullerton in their final game of the event on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Nick Solak

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