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CARDS Finish Off Sweep of No. 19 NC State

Photo by: Taris Smith | Louisville Athletics

UofL won 7-6 on Sunday for their third straight win.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – April 7, 2024

The University of Louisville baseball team finished off a perfect weekend with its second straight 7-6 victory over No. 19 NC State on Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Louisville (20-11, 6-6 ACC) completed the weekend sweep with its third consecutive win.

After two days of grabbing early leads, the Cardinals fell behind quickly on Sunday. NC State (18-11, 8-7) jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a solo home run on the first pitch of the contest.

However, Louisville responded by scoring the next seven runs to take a commanding lead.

Ryan McCoy singled home Luke Napleton in the second to tie the game and Logan Beard put the Cards in front with a two-run shot to left. The home run was the seventh of the season for the senior and the fourth in his last six games.

Eddie King Jr. made it a 4-1 game with a run-scoring single in the third before Zion Rose struck for a two-run single in the fourth. Rose then showed off his speed, scoring from second on a wild pitch and throw down to first.

From there, NC State’s offense got the Wolfpack back into the game. NC State got a two-run homer in the fifth, a RBI groundout in the sixth and two more runs in the seventh to get back within one.

The Wolfpack got a pair of runners on in the eighth, but Tucker Biven entered the game and picked up a strikeout to end the threat.

Biven then set NC State down in order in the ninth to secure his third save of the season.

Carson Liggett received a no-decision after allowing three runs (two earned) in 4.1 innings. Riley Phillips (2-2) was first out of the bullpen, allowing a run over 1.1 innings.

McCoy was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate on Sunday, scoring a pair of runs. Rose added three hits of his own as eight of nine Louisville starters picked up a hit.

Louisville heads on the road for a midweek contest at Western Kentucky on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET in Bowling Green.

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