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Louisville baseball beats Kentucky 5-2, sweeps season series

Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

The second-ranked Louisville baseball team capped off a season sweep of rival Kentucky by knocking off the Wildcats 5-2 in Lexington Wednesday night. The Cards also beat the Cats 2-1 at Jim Patterson Stadium eight days ago.

U of L did the bulk of its damage in the 6th inning, when it turned a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead it would not relinquish. The biggest blow of the inning came on a Nick Solak smash up the middle that was questionably ruled an error on Wildcat second baseman JaVon Shelby. Two runs scored to give Louisville the lead for good.

On the mound, seven Cardinal pitchers combined to limit Kentucky to just 6 hits and only 1 earned run. Eastern High School product Robert Strader picked up the win after working a hitless home half of the 8th. Zack Burdi shut the door in the 9th to notch his team-best 7th save.

The victory improved U of L to 38-11 overall this season, and 27-0 in games in which it scores first.

With all due respect to Kentucky and the Bluegrass rivalry, Louisville has a much bigger and more important fish to fry this weekend with No. 7 Florida State coming to Jim Patterson for a three-game set. The Seminoles, one of college baseball's perennial powerhouse teams, have not failed to win the ACC's Atlantic Division in nine years, a streak the Cards can end with a single victory this weekend.

People are excited.

U of L is also just two wins away from locking up the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament. There's never been a better time to hop on the bandwagon.