Louisville baseball spots Tar Heels four runs, prevails in ACC opener

Silly question but if the University of Louisville and North Carolina meet only once this season, does that mean UofL just won another series?

Of course not, but it begged to be asked. Louisville won all 10 series against ACC teams during the regular season, you know.

Off to a good start in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball championship. UofL with a come from behind 7-4 win over the Tar Heels, spotting UNC with a 4-0 deficit after three innings.

Freshman Lincoln Henzman would relieve starter Sean Leland and throw six innings of three hits and scoreless baseball while his teammates were climbing all over the North Carolina pitching staff for seven runs, two in the fourth, one in the fifth, and four in the sixth. Henzman is now 5-1 on the season.

Brendan McKay showing the way with four hits, including a home run, a double and two singles while driving in two runs and scoring two runs himself.

Zach Burdi, in relief, wrapping his ninth save while disposing of all three North Carolina batters he faced in the ninth, averaging 97 miles per hour on his fast balls.

UofL will face Clemson Thursday at 3 p.m., with Kyle Funkhouser on the mound.

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UofL’s Sebastian Stiefelmeyer defeated California’s Andre Goransson 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championship Wednesday at Baylor University.

The fifth-ranked Stiefelmeyer improves his overall singles record to 41-6 on the season. He advances to the second round to face Georgia’s No. 30 Austin Smith who upended South Florida’s 21st ranked Roberto Cid in his first round match.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.