Colby Fitch homered twice and Brendan McKay hit a solo home run to give the University of Louisville baseball team a lead in the eighth inning as the Cardinals beat host Virginia 5-2 in the series opener on Friday night.
In a game delayed three hours by rain at the start, McKay worked six innings on the mound but the game was tied at 1 when he exited. It was 2-2 in the top of the eighth when McKay hit a solo home run to right field.
Louisville shortstop Devin Hairston then threw a runner out at the plate for the final out of the eighth inning. Fitch hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to extend the lead to 5-2.
Adam Wolf (1-0) picked up the victory, while Lincoln Henzman got the final four outs for his sixth save of the season.
Fitch and McKay both had two hits apiece for the Cardinals, who had just seven as a team. The other run came when Colin Lyman tripled in the sixth and was plated by a Devin Mann sacrifice fly.
The win moves U of L to 23-2 on the season and 9-1 in ACC play. The Cardinals are tied with Clemson atop the Atlantic Division standings.