Louisville completes sweep, Kentucky next

No.3 Louisville notched its sixth weekend series sweep this weekend, taking all three games against visiting Bethune-Cookman. Up next for the Cardinals is a rescheduled contest against in-state rival Kentucky.

It's not as easy as they are making it look, but for the sixth time this season the University of Louisville baseball team has swept their weekend series.

The third-ranked Cardinals (34-10) had to battle back twice in the series, including from a 2-0 deficit in the sixth inning. After struggling offensively through the first five innings, the Cardinals responded immediately when faced with the two run deficit.

Senior captain Sutton Whiting and sophomore Nick Solak connected for back-to-back singles to left field, followed by an infield single by Corey Ray to load the bases with no out. Facing a 2-2 count, freshman Brendan McKay found a pitch he liked and connected for a bases-clearing double to give the Cardinals a 3-2 advantage. U of L added another when Zach Lucas drew a walk and scored on a Will Smith single.

Louisville added a needed insurance run in the seventh when Corey Ray hit his team-leading fourth triple of the season and scored on a wild pitch.

Starting pitcher Josh Rogers continued his impressive play on the mound. The sophomore from New Albany, Ind, improved to 7-1 on the season after allowing just two runs in six innings, while striking out eight. Lincoln Henzman replaced Rogers in the seventh and allowed two runs in 1.1 innings. Zack Burdi threw the final 1.2 innings and picked up his fifth save of the season.

Up next for Louisville is a rescheduled contest against rival Kentucky. The Cardinals host the Wildcats at Jim Patterson Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Cardinal Authority visited with Rogers, Whiting and McDonnell following Sunday's win and has post-game reaction and comments on the upcoming game against Kentucky:

Josh Rogers

Sutton Whiting

Dan McDonnell

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