Louisville baseball survives slugfest with Clemson

The game was almost four hours long, and there were a dozen hits for each team, nine walks, three errors and 17 runners left on base.

The University of Louisville baseball team got all it could handle from Clemson in the first seven innings. The Tigers racking up 10 hits off UofL righthander Josh Rogers, owning a 5-4 lead, looking formidable, getting its act together as the ACC tournament nears.

UofL, meanwhile, focused on its first ACC regular title. The bats coming to life in eighth inning, with Nick Solak and Corey Ray leading off the inning with home runs. Brandon McKay getting a base on balls, scoring on a hit by Will Smith, Zach Lucas singling, making it home on another single by Logan Taylor.

Another series win in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the University of Louisville baseball team, the series decided by a 9-5 win. UofL is now 21-3 in the ACC and 37-11 overall.

If there is a concern, it is with some of the starting pitchers. Kyle Funkhouser and Josh Rogers were battered for a total of 17 hits and nine runs in the Clemson series. Former starter Anthony Kidston is clearly struggling, with an 0-4 record and a 5.85 earned run average.

UofL next travels to Lexington for the second game against Kentucky in a week. Don’t be surprised if UK comes back with Logan Salow and Dylan Dwyer who held UofL to one hit in the first eight innings in the last game.

Charlie Springer

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