No. 4 Louisville received a third consecutive dominant performance from sophomore Brendan McKay on the mound and enjoyed multiple run innings three times on Saturday afternoon to defeat visiting Princeton 9-1.
McKay improved to 3-0 on the season after allowing just one run on three hits, while striking out eight, in seven innings of work. The lone run, which came in the fifth inning when McKay surrendered his only three hits of the game, is the first that the Pennsylvania native has allowed in 2016.
Junior second baseman Nick Solak started the Cardinals scoring when he connected for a double to right field, scoring speedster Logan Taylor from first. Solak would score his first of three runs moments later on a wild pitch to give U of L a 2-0 first inning lead.
Louisville scored a pair again in the third inning when a McKay double to right field scored Corey Ray. Sophomore Blake Tiberi drove in his first of two RBI when he drove in Solak for a 4-0 advantage through three innings.
Following Princeton's lone run of the game in the top of the fifth inning, Louisville responded with two runs of its own, both coming two outs. Taylor drew a walk to open in the bottom of the inning and stole second, but remained there until Tiberi drove him home with a double to right. First baseman Danny Rosenbaum followed with a two-out single to left to score Tiberi for a 6-1 lead.
The Cardinals added another pair of two-out runs in the seventh, when shortstop Devin Hairston displayed his speed on a bases loaded infield hit. Junior Colin Lyman scored moments later on a wild pitch to make it 8-1.
Junior Corey Ray connected for his fifth home run of the season when he led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo shot to left field.
The Louisville bullpen continued to prove difficult to hit. Making his second appearance this season, junior lefty Dylan Shoffner faced the minimum in the eighth, striking out a pair. Freshman right-hander Sam Bordner, making his third appearance, allowed one hit and struck out one to close out the game.
The Cardinals, who improved to 8-2 overall, will look their second series sweep of the season when they host Princeton on Sunday at noon. Admission is free.