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Louisville baseball sweeps another series, prepares for Kentucky

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The third-ranked Louisville baseball team took all three games of a non-conference weekend set with Bethune-Cookman to improve to 34-10 overall as it prepares to head into a loaded final stretch of the season.

That final stretch begins Tuesday night at Jim Patterson Stadium when the Cards host arch-rival Kentucky in the first of two meetings between the two. The Cards and Cats will also take the field in Lexington on May 6.

U of L also has conference series with Clemson, NC State and Florida State on the docket, as well as another rivalry game with defending national champion Vanderbilt on May 12.

As for Sunday's game, sophomore lefty Josh Rogers won for the fifth time in six starts and improved to 7-1 on the season after striking out eight and allowing just two runs in 6.1 innings. Sophomore Zack Burdi closed the door and notched his fifth save of the season.

Freshman Brendan McKay was the offensive hero for the Cards, connecting on a three-run double in the sixth inning to push U of L ahead for good. Corey Ray also had another monster afternoon finishing 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored.

First pitch against Kentucky is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday.