The 10th-ranked Louisville baseball team got three home runs from its offense and seven hitless innings from Bobby Miller on its way to a 5-4 win over Wake Forest on Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The victory finished off a weekend sweep for the Cardinals after taking both games in the doubleheader on Friday. It marks the second ACC sweep of the season for Louisville (22-6, 9-3 ACC) and its 20th in the four-plus seasons as members of the conference.
Making his second start of the season, Bobby Miller (1-0) was electric on Sunday. The righthander needed just nine pitches in a perfect first and was rolling from there. Miller struck out a pair in the second, got a great effort from Justin Lavey to start a double play in the third, and cruised through a scoreless fourth.
Miller picked up two more strikeouts in the fifth and sixth innings and finished off his day with a pair of groundouts to close out the seventh. The sophomore exited after seven hitless innings with eight strikeouts on 109 pitches.
Sunday marked the third time this season a Louisville starter had recorded seven innings without allowing a hit, also done by Reid Detmers against Brown and James Madison.
Wake Forest (15-14, 5-7) broke up the no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the eighth before plating two runs in the inning and two more in the ninth to make things interesting. Michael McAvene was able to finish off the ballgame though, securing the series sweep with his third save of the season.
As it has been all season, the offense was active again in the first inning on Sunday. Jake Snider reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and moved to third on a fly out. The junior then scored the opening run of the game on a passed ball, giving the Cardinals a first inning run in 18 games this season.
From there, it was about the long ball for Louisville. Logan Wyatt and Zach Britton hit back-to-back home runs leading off the fourth inning, the third time the Cardinals have hit consecutive homers in 2019. Alex Binelas later added his third home run of the season in the sixth.
Wyatt and Binelas each had two-hit days to pace the Cardinals. Six of the nine starters scored or drove in a run.
Next up for Louisville is a midweek contest against in-state rival Kentucky on Tuesday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.
|Stephen WilliamsAssistant Sports Information DirectorUniversity of Louisville Athletics|