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GEORGE | Louisville baseball sweeps Notre Dame in Friday double-header

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville baseball is hosting Notre Dame in the first series of ACC play this weekend at Jim Patterson Stadium, but due to rain, both teams agreed to play a double-header Friday afternoon. 

The first game went to extra innings, ending with a walk-off home run from Nick Solak, giving the Cards a 4-3 victory over the Irish. The Cards won the second game, 8-2. 

The first game would go scoreless until the seventh inning.

Notre Dame's Zak Kutsulis led off the seventh inning with a home run to right field. The Cards would force two outs to hold the Irish to a 1-0 lead. 

Louisville's Danny Rosenbaum would come out in the bottom of the seventh with an answer. He sent a home run over the left field wall to even the score at 1-1. 

After scoreless eighth and ninth innings, Notre Dame drove in a run giving them a 2-1 advantage in extra innings.

Down by one run in the bottom of the 10th, Louisville's Nick Solak, Brendan McKay and Blake Tiberi loaded the bases. 

Will Smith stepped into the box and got hit by a pitch, but before he ran to first base to walk in Solak, the umpire called him back, motioning that Smith leaned into the pitch. 

Head Coach Dan McDonnell ran on to the field red-faced and fuming, clearly upset by the call. 

Smith stepped back into the box with a full count, only to get walked, allowing Solak to walk in for the tying run. 

Tied at 2-2 in the top of the 11th, the Irish scored after a lead-off double, pushing their lead to 3-2.

Closer Zack Burdi got called out of the bullpen. He clocked a 100 mph fastball and got back-to-back strikeouts to keep the deficit at one run. 

In the bottom of the 11th, Logan Taylor got on base, and Solak followed with a walk-off home run to left center to win the game, 4-3. 

Heading into the second game, McKay got the start, tallying a career-high 13 strikeouts. 

That's the most strikeouts for any Louisville pitcher since Scott Barber struck out 13 against Butler on Feb. 28, 2003. 

The Cards went on to win the second game, 8-2. 

They lead the series 2-0. The final game will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium. 

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