Louisville slams Virginia 8-1 in opener

Seventh inning grand slam by Corey Ray fuels Cardinals victory over host Virginia on Saturday.

Junior All-American Kyle Funkhouser pitched into the eighth inning and sophomore Corey Ray connected for his first career grand slam to lead Louisville to an 8-1 victory over host Virginia on Saturday evening.

In a series that pits the ACC preseason favorite and 2014 national runner-up against the current conference leader saw the two programs knotted 1-1 as they entered the seventh inning in the series opening contest.

A leadoff double by Danny Rosenbaum sparked a five run seventh for the No.6 Cardinals. Rosenbaum scored on a single by Devin Hairston to give U of L its first lead of the game. A single by Sutton Whiting and a walk by Nick Solak loaded the bases with one out to set the stage for Ray, who drove a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall for the grand slam.

Louisville added a pair of runs in the eighth, including another RBI by Hairston.

Funkhouser (4-2) tossed 7.2 innings, allowing just one run on five hits, while striking out five to pick up the win. Sean Leland threw 1.1 hitless innings to close the game.

The Cardinals improve their league-leading record to 12-1 and currently hold a three game advantage over Florida State in the Atlantic Division.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. before closing the series on Monday night at 7:00 p.m.

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