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Cardinal Nine take weekend series with South Florida, prep for UK rematch

The Louisville baseball team snapped a six-game losing streak by taking two of three from visiting South Florida over the weekend at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The Cards topped the Bulls 6-4 and 7-2 before falling in Saturday's series finale by a score of 10-5. Louisville had won six straight over South Florida. They've taken 10 of the last 12 meetings with former head coach Lelo Prado's team.

The Cards currently sit at 22-17, 8-7, and are in a three-way tie for fifth-place in the Big East. Even if their bats come around for the final third of the regular season, it's probably going to take a championship at the Big East Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. for the program to reach its fifth-straight NCAA Tournament.

"Our heads are above water," head coach McDonnell said. "We're not where we want to be, but we're not out of it, either. As I challenged the kids (after the game), the goal is to get better. There's still a lot to play for."

Before hosting a weekend series with Georgetown, Louisville will get a second shot at arch-rival Kentucky when they travel to Lexington on Tuesday night. The Cats topped the Cards 3-2 on April 12, and come players think a little redemption might be what this team needs to get the ball rolling. 

"They got us in what was almost a heartbreaker at our place," second baseman Ryan Wright said. "We'd love nothing more than to return the favor. Hopefully, we can take that game and run with it."

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