Sophomore Nick Bennett twirled 5.0 scoreless innings and sophomore Justin Lavey had three hits and three RBIs to lead the No.11 Louisville baseball team in a 5-1 win over No.10 Clemson in Sunday afternoon’s series-finale at Jim Patterson Stadium. Sunday’s weekend finale was also the second game of a doubleheader after Saturday’s game was postponed by inclement weather.
Making his first start of the season, Bennett matched a career high with seven strikeouts and allowed just two hits to earn the victory and move 2-0 on the season. The seven strikeouts for the lefthander equaled his total achieved on two different occasions last season, including his victory at Clemson on May 14, 2017.
Lavey paced the offense finishing 3-for-4 at the plate and adding two stolen bases to go with his three runs driven in as the Cardinals (18-6, 4-5 ACC) finished with a 14-4 advantage in hits. Junior catcher Pat Rumoro was 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored, while sophomore Logan Wyatt finished 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run. Sophomore Tyler Fitzgerald chipped in with two hits, including one double, and scored a run.
The Cardinals opened the scoring in Sunday’s weekend finale with a run in the second inning after sophomore Danny Oriente scored on a RBI groundball off the bat of Lavey. Oriente singled to right field, moved to second on sophomore Ethan Stringer’s single to left field and advanced to third on Rumoro’s infield single before scoring on Lavey’s groundball to the shortstop.
Louisville extended the lead to 3-0 after adding a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Wyatt singled to right to lead off the inning and moved to second on a groundout before scoring on Rumoro’s RBI double down the left field line. Lavey followed with a RBI single to right field to score Rumoro.
The margin increased to 4-0 for the Cardinals in the fifth inning on Wyatt’s RBI single to center. Fitzgerald opened the inning with a double down the left field line and moved to third on a bunt single by junior Josh Stowers before scoring on Wyatt’s second hit in the game.
Clemson broke through for its first run of the game in the seventh inning on a two-out RBI single to left by Jordan Greene to score Drew Wharton. The Cardinals answered with the final run of the game in the eighth inning on a RBI single by Lavey to plate Rumoro.
Up next, the No.11 Cardinals host Cincinnati on Tuesday at 6 p.m., ET for the annual Cancer Awareness Night at Jim Patterson Stadium.
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