UofL BASEBALL | Cards One Win Away from Trip to CWS

06/09/2017 07:06 PM

The Louisville Cardinals earned a major victory on Friday afternoon in front of a record crowd inside of Jim Patterson Stadium.

The Cards (51-10) got out to a quick lead against the Kentucky Wildcats (43-22) and never looked back en route to a 5-2 win in game one of their best-of-three NCAA Baseball Super Regional series.

UofL scored the first five runs of the game.

In the bottom of the first, Logan Taylor scored after Devin Mann knocked him in with a RBI single. Mann scored later in the inning after Drew Ellis grounded out. The Cards had a 2-0 lead after the first inning.

They added three more runs to their lead in the fifth Drew Ellis hit a three-run homer over the left field wall. It was Ellis’ 18th home run of the season.

The Wildcats scored their two runs in the ninth, but it was too little, too late.

Louisville pitcher Kade McClure picked up the victory on Friday, going 5.1 innings, tossing six strikeouts and allowing no earned runs.

Game two of the series will feature both teams’ aces going head-to-head. UK will start Sean Hjelle on the mound, while UofL will start Brendan McKay.

A Jim Patterson Stadium record crowd was on hand to watch game one of the series, as 6,235 were in attendance.

Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 12 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. If the Cards win, they advance to the College World Series. If the Cats win, the two teams will play in a winner-take-all game three Sunday afternoon.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

When he’s not on the air or in the field covering sports, you can likely find Andrew playing golf, watching IndyCar and Formula 1 races, or exploring the state of Kentucky. His favorite sport is open-wheel racing. In fact, he has not missed an Indianapolis 500 since the early 2000s.

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