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Cards Take Down Rutgers, Will Face Houston In AAC Championship Game

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The Louisville baseball team scored five runs in the first two innings on their way to a 9-3 victory over Rutgers in the final day of pool play at the AAC Tournament in Clearwater, Fla.

The Cards' win coupled with South Florida's loss to Memphis in the succeeding game means that U of L will face Houston in Sunday's AAC championship game. First pitch is scheduled for noon and the game will be carried live on ESPNU.

The primary beneficiary of Louisville's early offensive surge was starting pitcher Anthony Kidston. The sophomore righty allowed just one earned run on four hits and matched a career-high with the seven strikeouts to improve to 7-0 on the season and 12-0 overall for his college career.

Cole Sturgeon led the U of L offense, finishing the afternoon 3-for-4  with a double, a triple, two runs scored and one run driven in. Designated hitter Nick Solak drove in three runs, while Zach Lucas homered and scored three times.

Louisville swept a key three-game set at Houston back in April, coming from behind to win each of the first two games.