Success on the diamonds for Cards

Dan McDonnell

It was a successful weekend for the University of Louisville baseball and softball teams, both off to fast starts after two weekends of the season. The baseball team is 6-1 after sweeping Akron, while the softball team went 4-0 to win the Cardinal Classic over the weekend and upped its record to 12-2.

BASEBALL MOVES TO 6-1 ON THE SEASON

The University of Louisville baseball team ended a three-game weekend series with Akron, outscoring the Zips 17-1 in the series and winning 2-1 on Sunday.

The Cardinals have now won six straight games since an opening-night loss to Indiana, while Akron is now 0-6.

Junior outfielder Adam Engel led the Cardinals on Sunday. He scored both runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth inning. Engel singled and then stole second and third before he scored on Nick Ratajczak's sac fly.

Engel matched a school record with four stolen bases and is now 10-for-10 through the first six games of the season. Jared Ruxer allowed just one hit but didn't get the decision, while Anthony Kidston hurled 2.1 innings of perfect relief to earn the victory and improve to 2-0 on the season.

Nick Burdi then came on to get the save in the ninth, throwing three straight pitches of 100 mph.

The Cardinals won 7-0 on Friday and 8-0 on Saturday and will now face Morehead State on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Cardinals will then take on Kent State in a three-game series starting Friday.

U of L has allowed only 10 earned runs in six games. The Cardinals already have 31 stolen bases in 39 attempts.

"I really appreciate how the fans came out all weekend long and we had another good turnout today on a beautiful day at the ballpark," U of L coach Dan McDonnell said. "This was a good week for Louisville baseball and now, we regroup for week three of the season."

SOFTBALL TEAM ROLLING ALONG

The U of L softball team beat Kent State twice, Buffalo and Eastern Illinois over the weekend to capture the Cardinal Classic.

The Cardinals outscored the opponents 18-4 in the four games and Caralisa Connell picked up all four wins with a 0.34 ERA in 20.1 innings.

In the four games, nine different players had an RBI, while 10 players scored a run for the Cardinals. Seven players had three or more hits on the weekend.

Louisville will travel to Orlando, Fla., next weekend for the Citrus Classic. The Cards will face No. 9/10 Texas, Temple, Longwood, Georgia Tech and No. 10/11 LSU at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.

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