The University of Louisville began a stretch of five games in six days with a trip to rival Cincinnati on Tuesday night and received a strong start from freshman righty Sean Leland, while the offense pounded out 13 hits as the No.3 Cardinals defeated Bearcats 6-2 at Marge Schott Stadium.
Making his second career start, Leland notched career highs with 5.2 innings of work and five strikeouts to improve his record to 3-0. Robert Strader replaced Leland in the bottom of the sixth and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings. Kade McClure closed the night, striking out a pair in the game's final two innings.
Offensively, sophomore Nick Solak extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a first inning triple and senior Mike White blasted a solo home run over the right-center wall in the fourth. Solak, White, Brendan McKay and Will Smith, who hit a pair of doubles and finished 3-of-4 at the plate, each enjoyed multi-hit outings.
Louisville (31-9) returns home to host Western Kentucky (20-17) on Wednesday at 6 p.m., ET for Cancer Awareness Night at Jim Patterson Stadium. Admission is free.