By Matt Bradshaw–
The fifth-ranked Louisville baseball team celebrated the careers of three seniors and then defeated 10th-ranked NC State on Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep. Danny Rosenbaum, Anthony Kidston and Kyle Funkhouser were honored in a pregame ceremony and contributed to the Cardinals 6-1 victory.
Over their careers the seniors have been apart of two College World Series appearances, two conference titles and been apart of 190 wins to date – a 76-percent winning percentage.
Coach Dan McDonald reflected on senior day and the win.
“It’s great to make it about them today, and to make sure we played hard for these three seniors that have done so much,” McDonnell said. “For myself, when the highlight film was up and showed their accomplishments it reminds you that this senior class has had an amazing career. So I’m glad we were able to play well and win today for them.”
Offensively, Rosenbaum went two-for-four at the plate and scored a run. On the defense the senior had three assists and four putouts in the field.
“It was a lot of fun being out there and all of the players being happy for us,” Rosenbaum said. “With the festivities beforehand and the parents being here, it’s an incredible day almost like graduating with my class.”
Funkhouser got the win, his seventh on the year. He allowed two hits and one run through seven innings while striking out eight batters. After somewhat of slow start start to the year, over the past month Funkhouser has returned to his old style.
“I’m in a really comfortable spot right now, just letting the game come and taking it pitch by pitch. I’m glad all the seniors got to play today and contribute,” Funkhouser said.
Kidston entered the game in the ninth inning and finished off the Wolfpack with two strikeouts.
“Overall it was just a great day,” he said. “The fans showed up like they always do. We have a good pitching staff, and I wouldn’t want to be coming out of the bullpen anywhere else.”
The seniors play their final regular season game at Jim Patterson Stadium on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Indiana.
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