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LANE | Cardinals Claim Trophy with Win at Vandy

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LOUISVILLE, Ky, (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville's record in mid-week games stayed perfect as they won perhaps their biggest of the season in Nashville.  The 5th-ranked Cardinals jumped out to a big lead and used three home runs to beat 7th-ranked Vanderbilt, 8-5 Tuesday evening.

Sophomore right-hander Kade McClure struck out eight and gave up three hits and two runs in five innings to run his record to 10-0 on the season.   

Louisville took an early lead with a four-run second off Donny Everett.  Colin Lyman singled in Nick Solak with the game's first run.  Drew Ellis followed that with a three-run homer to left.  The Freshman from Jeffersonville now has two, one in each of the last two games.  

Danny Rosenbaum added a solo homer in the 4th to make it 5-0.  Only one of the five runs given up by Everett was earned thanks to a couple of Commodore errors.  Nick Solak's two-run shot in the 7th gave Louisville a 7-2 cushion.  

The Cardinals claimed the Battle of the Barrel trophy by ending a two-game losing streak to the Commodores.  They've now won four in a row at Hawkins Field on Vanderbilt's campus.  The teams have met four of the last seven years in the postseason.

U of L (39-10, 16-8) hosts North Carolina State in a three-game series this weekend at Jim Patterson Stadium.  Friday's first game is set for 6:00 pm, followed by 1:00 pm starts Saturday and Sunday. 

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