The University of Louisville baseball team started its NCAA Tournament run in style.
Sophomore Kyle Funkhouser worked eight innings of shutout ball and the Cardinals scored all five runs in the first three innings, beating Kent State 5-0 before 3,488 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium during a long day Friday.
The Cardinals (45-19) didn't start the game until 9:30, over three hours after it was scheduled because of rain delays.
U of L will play Kansas on Saturday at 5 o'clock with sophomore Anthony Kidston (7-0) getting the start.
Funkhouser allowed four hits and struck out 10. He had a streak of 15 straight batters he retired at one point during the game.
Kyle McGrath pitched the final inning.
U of L only had seven hits but also took advantage of two Kent State errors. Kyle Gibson and Cole Sturgeon walked to start the game and both came home on a throwing error.
Zach Lucas had an RBI double in the second, while Corey Ray added a two-run single in the third to make it 5-0.
Lucas was the only player with more than one hit, getting two doubles.
Dan McDonnell opening statement
Freshman Nick Solak
Pitcher Kyle Funkhouser
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