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Louisville baseball takes ACC road series from NC State

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After suffering its first two losses of the 2017 season this week, the Louisville baseball team bounced back to take two straight from NC State and head back home with a 2-1 series win.

The Cards dropped the series opener on Friday, bounced back with an extra innings win on Saturday, and then rolled to an 8-1 win Sunday afternoon.

"We showed our toughness and you've got to have toughness to win on the road in the ACC," said Louisville coach Dan McDonnell. "You lose your first game of the year on Tuesday night on the road and then you lose with McKay on the mound (on Friday), which doesn't happen often. At that point, you can cower down and say 'woe is us' but we really found a way to grind it out yesterday and again today. We continue to play hard and keep our edge about us. It started on the mound because you have to get quality starts and Bennett gave us another good one today. That allowed our offense to settle in after struggling for a couple of games and we seemed to get it back."

Here's a look at how the ACC standings appear at the moment:

The Cards return home Tuesday when they'll host Western Kentucky at 6 p.m.