Nick Solak hit a two-run walk off homer in the 11th in the first game; Brendan McKay dominates in second game, Louisville sweeps Notre Dame

Nick Solak connected on a two-run walk-off home run in the first game and Brendan McKay struck out 13 in the night cap as the Louisville baseball team swept Notre Dame 4-3, 8-2 on the opening day of ACC play at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Cardinals are 12-2 on the season.

The University of Louisville started its second season in the ACC baseball race on Friday with a double header against Notre Dame in Jim Patterson Stadium. The results were much of the same as last season.

The Cardinals won every series last season and swept the Fighting Irish on Friday - 4-3 and 8-2 - to secure an 11th consecutive series win against ACC foes in two seasons. U of L (12-2, 2-0) went 25-5 and set a new league record for wins in a season in ACC play last season.

"It's a 30-game season and we're just worried about each game," U of L coach Dan McDonnell said. "We don't get caught up in all of that, we jsut want to win the next won. We have 28 left and we want that one tomorrow."

The first one came in dramatic style as the Cardinals fell behind three times by one run only to rally back, including Nick Solak's two-run walk off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning for a 4-3 victory before about 2,500 fans at Patterson.

Brendan McKay struck out 13 and allowed just three hits in the second game as the Cardinals scored six in the first inning and costed past the Irish 8-2 to sweep the doubleheader.

McKay had a two-run double in the first inning of the second game, while Devin Hairston walked in a run and Colin Lyman singled in a run. Lyman added another RBI single later in the game, while Solak scored the final run on a wild pitch.

Jake Sparger worked the final 2.1 innings for the Cardinals.

In the first game, Kyle Funkhouser allowed just one run in eight innings, while the Cardinals got a solo home run from Danny Rosenbaum in the bottom of the seventh after an Irish run. The Cardinals also scored again in the bottom of the 10th on a bases loaded walk to Will Smith after Notre Dame had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the inning.

Notre Dame scored again in the 11th inning but Solak homered with one out for the win. Zach Burdi worked the final two-thirds of an inning for the Cardinals and picked up his first win of the season.

The two teams meet again on Saturday at 1 p.m.


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