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Louisville beats Clemson 9-5, wins 8th straight ACC series

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For the second straight night, the Louisville baseball team utilized back-to-back home runs to propel itself to a road victory over Clemson.

Nick Solak and Corey Ray did the damage on Monday, belting consecutive bombs in the top of the 8th to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead the Cards would not relinquish. Ray's go-ahead home run was his team-best 11th of the season.

Earlier home runs from Brendan McKay and Blake Tiberi made this the first time the Cards have hit four runs in a single game since 2010.

The victory moved Louisville, which dropped the series opener against Clemson on Friday, to a perfect 8-0 in ACC series this season, and to a ridiculous 21-3 in conference play overall. The Cards' magic number for clinching the No. 1 overall seed in the league tournament is now 2.

This was the first of five huge games the Cardinals will play this week. They'll head to Lexington on Wednesday for a 6:30 rivalry game against Kentucky before hosting No. 8 Florida State for a three-game weekend set at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Seminoles haven't failed to win the Atlantic Division title in nine years, a streak Louisville can end in front of its home crowd.

Here's an updated look at the ACC standings after Monday night's win:

ATLANTIC
SCHOOLS CONF W-L-T CONF PCT W-L-T PCT
Louisville 21-3-0 .875 37-11-0 .771
Florida State 16-8-0 .667 35-14-0 .714
Notre Dame 12-12-0 .500 30-18-0 .625
Clemson 13-13-0 .500 24-23-0 .511
NC State 11-12-0 .478 26-18-0 .591
Wake Forest 11-13-0 .458 26-21-0 .553
Boston College 9-17-0 .346 24-24-0 .500
COASTAL
SCHOOLS CONF W-L-T CONF PCT W-L-T PCT
Miami 19-8-0 .704 34-13-0 .723
North Carolina 13-10-0 .565 29-16-0 .644
Georgia Tech 11-13-0 .458 29-17-0 .630
Virginia Tech 12-14-0 .462 25-24-0 .510
Virginia 10-14-0 .417 27-18-0 .600
Duke 7-16-0 .304 26-19-0 .578
Pitt 6-18-0 .250 16-29-0 .356

A couple of other notable streaks extended on Monday night: Louisville has now won 131 straight games when taking a lead into the 9th inning, and 26 straight games when scoring first.

A conference championship, some huge rivalry wins, national seed and a run at a national title are potentially all right around the corner. Not a bad time to be a Cardinal baseball fan.