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Louisville's Corey Ray named ACC Player of the Week

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One of the biggest revelations of Louisville's run back to the College World Series last summer was that freshman outfielder Corey Ray was going to become a star.

That star turn is in full effect already in 2015, as Ray leads the fifth-ranked Cardinals in RBI, home runs, runs scored, and ranks second on the team with a .336 batting average. He can add ACC Player of the Week to that list of early season accomplishments now.

Louisville sophomore outfielder Corey Ray was chosen as the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.

Ray hit .600 in three games last week, finishing 9-for-15 with two home runs, nine RBIs, three doubles, six runs scored, two stolen bases and a 1.333 slugging percentage. After opening the week by going 3-for-5 with a home run, double, triple and four RBIs in a nonconference win over Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday, Ray kicked off the Cardinals' series win at No. 9 Virginia by connecting for his first career grand slam in the seventh inning of an 8-1 triumph and finished 2-for-5 overall.

The Chicago, Illinois, native kept things rolling on Sunday by going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, one RBI and two stolen bases in an 11-4 victory over the Cavaliers. For the season, Ray is hitting .336 while leading Louisville with five home runs, 32 RBI and 15 stolen bases on 18 attempts.

The Cards will go for a sweep of fellow top 10 foe Virginia tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.