It was a good way to open the season for the University of Louisville baseball team.
The No. 2-ranked Cardinals rolled for the third straight day over an outmanned SIU Edwardsville team, beating the Cougars 10-1 and outscoring the team 43-5 in the weeend sweep.
Junior lefty Drew Harrington had nine strikeouts in six shutout innings on the mound to lead the Cardinals on Sunday. He did not allow a walk and gave up just three hits in his first Sunday start.
Lincoln Henzman and Zach Burdi came in and pitched one inning of perfect relief apiece to end the game.
On offense, it was Corey Ray again for the Cardinals. He homored for the second straight day and was 2-for-3. He ended the series 6-for-9 with two home runs, seven RBIs, nine runs scored and 6-for-6 on stolen bases.
Louisville scored at least 10 runs in each of the three games against the Cougars extending their longest such streak since the 1987 team opened with four straight games of 10 or more runs. The 43 runs against SIUE marked the highest scoring three-game series for Louisville in Dan McDonnell’s 10 seasons as head coach.
Danny Rosenbaum also had seven RBIs for the Cardinals on the weekend, while Colin Lyman hit .625 with five RBIs and two stolen bases. Nick Solak only went 1-for-5 but had seven walks and scored six times.
Louisville will play Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday at 3 p.m. and then faces Mississippi on the road next weekend.