The University of Louisville baseball team is off to a good start in their three-game series against conference third-place St. John’s this weekend, having captured the first games by scores of 10-8 and 5-4 over the perennial conference contender.

The Cards are in second place in the conference, and a win on Sunday would set up a showdown of sizable proportions for next weekend with league-leading South Florida coming to Jim Patterson Stadium for a three-game series that will decide the regular season Big East championship.

Freshman Ryan Wright hammered a two-run home run over the wall in left field during the seventh inning in the 10-8 series-opening win on Friday night at St. John’s

  • Louisville’s Chris Dominguez and Phil Wunderlich extended their hitting streaks to 13 and 11, respectively, in the game. Dominguez hammered his team-leading 17th home run and pushed his team-leading RBI total to 67, while Wunderlich moved back to the top of the Cards’ hitting leaders with a .373 average. Dominguez is just behind Wunderlich with a .371 average.
  • After trailing 6-5 and 8-7 on Friday night to the host Red Storm, the Cardinals battled back for their 21st come-from-behind win this season.
  • With his 2-for-5 day at the plate, junior Andrew Clark pushed his batting average to .351 overall and continued an impressive week at the plate. The New Palestine, Ind., native is 9-for-14 in the Cards’ three games this week, all wins, with seven RBI and seven runs scored.

In Saturday’s win, the Cards posted three runs following a lead-off triple by John Dao, who scored after a Drew Haynes singled. Adam Duvall homered to left field, sending Haynes across the plate. Dean Kiekhefer (5-4) picked up the win while Gabriel Shaw recorded his second save.

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By Charlie Springer

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