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Louisville baseball destroys Cincinnati, 24-6

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Two down, three to go this week.

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In an effort that would make the 2004 Louisville football team proud, the U of L baseball team rolled visiting Cincinnati 24-6 Wednesday night at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The Cardinals fell behind early for the second straight night, allowing the Bearcats to push three runs across in the top of the first. U of L answered with three runs of their own in the home half of the frame, and then three more an inning later. A nine-run seventh inning took Louisville’s lead from commanding to laughable.

When the dust settled, Dan McDonnell’s team had piled up 18 hits, and allowed their guests to produce only four. The run total was the most for a Cardinal team since a 24-6 win over Rutgers on May 1, 2010.

Logan Wyatt led the way offensively for the Cards, going 4-for-6 at the plate a run scored and four driven in. Josh Stowers and Devin Mann each drove in three runs, as did Lucas Dunn, who belted a three-run homer to cap the scoring in the bottom of the 8th.

Bryan Hoeing improved to 6-2 on the season by working five innings in which he allowed no hits and no runs. JD Mundt and Michael McAvene were also perfect in brief appearances.

With the win, Louisville improved to 34-15 overall heading into this weekend’s series at Pittsburgh. The Cards will wrap up the regular season next week four home games — a Tuesday night tilt against Indiana followed by a three-game series with Notre Dame.