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Cardinals Bounce Back, Defeat No. 9 Virginia to Even Series

Louisville turned in a 14-10 win on Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – April 13, 2024

The University of Louisville baseball team won a 14-10 high-scoring affair over No. 9 Virginia on Saturday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Louisville (21-13, 7-7 ACC) bounced back from a tough loss on Friday to even the weekend series, picking up its fourth win in its last five ACC games.

It was all Cardinals through the first three innings on Saturday, as Louisville jumped out to a 9-1 lead.

The first three batters of the game reached for Louisville, with Zion Rose laying down a perfect bunt to second base with a wild throw allowing JT Benson to score the game’s first run. Isaac Humphrey then made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly and Ryan McCoy capped a five-run first inning with a massive 482-foot three-run homer to right.

McCoy struck again in the second, stepping to the plate with the bases loaded and driving home two with a double down the left field line. Isaac Humphrey and Gavin Kilen then tacked on two more with run-scoring singles in the third.

Virginia (27-8, 10-7) wouldn’t go quietly though. The Cavaliers pushed four runs across in the fourth to cut the deficit in half, chasing Evan Webster from the game after just 3.1 innings.

Dan Snyder limited the damage in the fourth and fifth innings in a scoreless relief appearance before the Cavaliers got two runners on to start the sixth. However, Tucker Biven came on and quickly extinguished the threat and kept Louisville’s four-run lead intact.

The Cardinals grabbed some insurance in the bottom of the sixth, getting a RBI single from Dylan Hoy and a two-run double off the bat of Humphrey. McCoy then launched his second home run of the game in the seventh inning to give the Cards a 14-5 advantage.

Virginia continued to fight back, scoring two times in the eighth and three more in the ninth before Louisville recorded the final out.

McCoy finished the day 3-for-5 with a career-high seven RBIs on the afternoon. The seven RBIs were the most by a Louisville player since Alex Binelas knocked in eight against Alabama A&M in April of 2019.

Humphrey had three hits and four RBIs of his own, while Benson reached base in all six of his plate appearances and tallied a career-best four stolen bases.

Louisville and Virginia wrap up the weekend on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

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