The Louisville baseball team kicked off its final series of the regular season in style.
Freshman Zach Britton singled with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Cardinals to a 5-4 win over Notre Dame Thursday night at Jim Patterson Stadium. Britton entered the evening hitting just .238 for the season, but has now hit safely in four of his last five appearances.
The No. 25 Cardinals took Thursday's series-opener from Notre Dame in walk-off fashion on this RBI single from Zach Britton. #idareyou pic.twitter.com/tpIAppLTTW— Louisville Baseball (@UofLBaseball) May 18, 2018
The victory moved U of L to 16-12 in ACC play, and guaranteed that Dan McDonnell’s club will finish with a winning record in the conference.
Logan Wyatt drove in three of Louisville’s other four runs, including a pair with a towering home run in the home half of the third inning.
The Cardinals took their 1st lead of the game on this 2-run HR to right field by Logan Wyatt. #idareyou— Louisville Baseball (@UofLBaseball) May 17, 2018
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It was another terrific night at the plate for Josh Stowers, who finished 3-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base. Jake Snider and Devin Mann finished the evening with two hits apiece.
Adam Wolf was terrific on the hill, but unfortunately came away with nothing to show for it. The Cardinal ace worked seven innings and allowed just two hits and one earned run while striking out eight. A rough eighth inning for the Louisville bullpen robbed Wolf of his seventh win of the season. Instead, the W went to Austin Conway (3-1), who allowed no hits and no runs while striking out three over an inning and a third.
Louisville (38-16) and Notre Dame (24-26, 12-16) will go at it again Friday night at 6.
UPDATE: Friday’s game has been moved to 2 p.m. because of the weather.