By Dalton Ray–
In the final regular season home game, fourth-ranked Louisville outlasted Indiana 9-2 in Jim Patterson Stadium. U of L exploded in the sixth inning with eight runs, ending the game with 14 hits.
Kade McClure struck-out a season-high 10 batters in six innings as he earned his eleventh win. Corey Ray had three hits with a RBI. Brendan McKay, Devin Hairston and Danny Rosenbaum all had a pair of RBI’s on the day.
Coach Dan McDonnell was excited to see his team perform well in rainy weather.
“They (IU) play on turf as well so we know they’ve played in some bad weather before so there wasn’t going to be an advantage for us,” he said. “This is probably the worst weather we’ve played in this season and we didn’t panic.”
Indiana was able to score two runs in the fifth inning after getting two runners on base with singles. Craig Dedelow doubled and brought both runners in. Louisville didn’t take long to respond, sending in eight runs the next inning. Nick Solak started the inning with a single and advanced to double off an error.
“We were hitting fine before the sixth but we kept leaving some guys on base before that inning,” he said. “We just kept battling at the plate and ended up with eight runs which is impressive and that gave us the edge.”
Solak would bat twice in the sixth inning as 11 Cardinals went into the batting box. He would go two-for-three with a RBI in the game.
“They’re good competition, I was talking to (Anthony) Kidston the other day and he said IU was one of the only teams that have had his number over his career so it’s nice getting the win,” he said. “It’s nice to get this win for our upperclassmen but even more to just keep going for the season.”
With the win the Cardinals are 43-10. The final season series is on the road against Wake Forest. After that, the team will go into the ACC tournament. Cards lead the ACC Atlantic division with a 18-9 record.
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