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Cards Fall to Cats 9-5

Kentucky scored three runs in the fourth to break a 4-4 tie and didn't look back, defeating rival Louisville 9-5 Wednesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington.

The Cards defeated the Wildcats 8-1 in Louisville two weeks ago.

After the "Bat Cats" scored their trio of runs off of Cardinal reliever Skylar Meade, Louisville answered in the fifth with a Daniel Burton single that knocked in Boomer Whiting. Earlier in the game Whiting stole his 49th base, which is tops in Division 1-A.

But the Cats responded right back in the home half of the inning with a solo home run by Mike Brown and an RBI double off the wall by Sean Coughlin to put the score at its final margin.

"We gave them too many bases and they took advantage of the opportunities," said Cardinal Head Coach Dan McDonnell. "That's why they are a good offensive club."

Meade (6-2) took the loss for U of L (28-12) which now prepares for the homecoming of former head coach Lelo Prado as South Florida comes to town on Friday for the first of a three-game weekend set.

If the season ended today, Louisville would be the second seed in the Big East Conference Tournament. The Cards trail first-place Rutgers by a single game.