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.