Jeff-GardnerJeff Gardner prepares for a bear hug from teammate Cole Sturgeon after putting his University of Louisville baseball team on the board with a solo home run against Pittsburgh in the fourth inning of Thursday’s game at Jim Patterson Stadium. UofL trailed 1-0 at the time but would score three more runs in the inning en route to a 5-2 decision.

The win moved the Cardinals into a tie with Pitt for first place in the Big East Conference. The teams will go at it again Friday at 6 p.m. Unless one of the games is rained out, UofL needs a three-game sweep to clinch the regular season conference championship. If there is a cancellation, the team to win the next game claims that distinction. If both of the remaining games are rained out, they are co-champions but UofL earns the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament next week.

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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.