The ninth-ranked University of Louisville baseball team staged a remarkable comeback to defeat No. 7 Boston College 9-8 on Friday night at Jim Patterson Stadium. After trailing by eight runs in the second inning, the Cardinals scored nine unanswered runs to secure the victory and clinch the weekend series.
Boston College got off to a strong start, scoring three runs in the first inning and five more in the second. However, Louisville refused to give up and had an immediate answer. Brandon Anderson and Eddie King Jr. each had clutch hits to bring the Cardinals within striking distance, making it an 8-3 game.
In the third inning, Louisville’s offense went back to work, with Jack Payton hitting his team-leading eighth home run to open the frame. A walk, single, and hit by pitch loaded the bases for King and Matt Klein, who drew consecutive walks to force home two runs. Christian Knapczyk then tied the game at eight apiece with a single back through the middle.
Kayden Campbell pitched a scoreless fourth inning before handing the ball off to Riley Phillips in the fifth. Phillips shut down the Eagles’ offense and pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five. With Louisville in front for the first time in the game, Tate Kuehner mowed down the heart of Boston College’s order in the ninth inning to secure his fourth save of the season.
Knapczyk was the standout performer for the Cardinals, going 3-for-5 to lead the team at the plate. Anderson and Logan Beard each tallied two hits, while King drove in three runs.
Louisville’s impressive comeback victory over Boston College is a testament to the team’s resilience and determination. With the win, the Cardinals improve to 23-7 overall and 6-5 in the ACC, while Boston College falls to 21-8 overall and 8-6 in the ACC.
Louisville and Boston College will finish their three-game series on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for noon ET. The Cardinals will look to secure a sweep of the series and extend their winning streak to five games.