The Louisville baseball team took its first step towards dual American Athletic Conference championships by rolling over Memphis 13-3 in the opening game of the league tournament on Thursday. The game was called after seven innings because of the mercy rule.
Oh, Memphis. How could we ever forget you? I'm going to miss this.
The Cards racked up 12 hits and scored runs in five of six innings, which was more than enough support for No. 1 starter Kyle Funkhouser. The ace right-hander scattered six hits over 5.1 innings on his way to improving his 2014 record to 12-2.
AAC Player of the Year Jeff Gardner wore the title well in his first postseason game of 2014, driving in three runs and finishing the day 2-for-4 at the dish. Alex Chittenden also continued his torrid May with a two hit, three RBI day.
The win was Louisville's 17th in 19 games, and improved the likelihood of the Cardinals hosting a regional when NCAA Tournament play begins next week. U of L will continue its march towards its second conference title Friday at 3 p.m. against South Florida.