Make it four straight wins and five of the last six for the University of Louisville baseball team as the 8th-ranked Cardinals downed visiting Purdue 5-3 on Tuesday afternoon.
In front of over 2,000 in attendance at Jim Patterson Stadium, mostly students from various Jefferson County Public Schools, the Cardinals received multi-hit outings from Sutton Whiting and Corey Ray, along with continued strong play from the bullpen to improve to 15-6 on the season.
After beginning the year as the Saturday starter, junior righty Anthony Kidston made his first mid-week start of the season and threw a solid five innings, giving up two unearned runs on three hits and three walks, while also striking out six. Freshman righty Lincoln Henzman picked up his third win of the season after pitching two shutout innings and fellow rookie Kade McClure collected his first career save by allowing just one unearned run on two hits to go along with a pair of strikeouts in two innings.
Sutton Whiting remained hot at the plate, going 2-for-4 and giving him a lead high nine multi-hit games on the season. Corey Ray also had a pair of hits and drove in his 16th RBI of the season, while Zach Lucas continued his hitting streak to eight consecutive games with an RBI double on the fourth inning.
Irish Up Next
Louisville will travel to South Bend, Ind., for a three-game series with ACC Atlantic Division rival Notre Dame, marking the program's first ever ACC road trip. The Irish, who received votes in the latest USA Today Top 25, are 14-4 in the season and 3-3 in conference play.
Not only will the contest will be Notre Dame's first ACC series at home this season, it will be their first weekend at home in 2015. The Irish, who finally host their first home game of the season this week, lost two of three at No.23 Georgia Tech in their conference opening series two weeks ago before taking two of three at Clemson last weekend.
The Cardinals hold a 16-8 all-time lead in a series that dates back to 1922. The Cardinals and the Irish met frequently when both were members of the Big East Conference, with Louisville sweeping the last two series.