#5 Baseball Cards Defeat #10 NCST 2-0


Cards move into 1st place in the Atlantic by percentage points (.680) with FSU’s (.666) 5-4 loss to Duke Friday Night.


Louisville S.I.D. Garret Wall

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sophomore left hander Brendan McKay and junior righty Zack Burdi combined for 11 strikeouts as the No. 5 Louisville baseball team set a school record with its 11th shutout of the season in Friday night’s 2-0 victory against No. 10 NC State at Jim Patterson Stadium.


With a standing-room only crowd of 4,234 on hand for the series-opener, the Cardinals (40-10, 17-8 ACC) won for the 10th time in their last 11 outings and improved to 30-1 at home this season. The 11 shutouts for Louisville this season is one better than the previous school record total of 10 set during the 2010 season. Friday’s outing marked the 28th time in 50 games this season the Cardinals have allowed two or fewer earned runs.


McKay, a native of Darlington, Pennsylvania, finished with eight strikeouts and allowed just three hits in 7.2 innings to move to 10-2 on the season and 15-0 at home in his collegiate career. The two-way standout, who also doubled and reached base safely in 34 straight games at the plate, has pitched 17.0 consecutive shutout innings while winning three straight starts. McKay did not allow a runner to reach second base in Friday’s outing, which marked the ninth time this season and the 16th time in his career he has struck out eight or more.


Burdi followed McKay by ringing up three strikeouts in 1.1 innings of perfect relief to earn his eighth save of the season. Hailing from Downers Grove, Illinois, Burdi became the first player to ever register 101 mph on the Patterson Stadium scoreboard while delivering seven more pitches at 100 mph during Friday’s dominant relief outing.


Offensively, junior second baseman Nick Solak delivered a first inning solo home run for the Cardinals, while junior outfielder Logan Taylor added a RBI single in the seventh inning. Solak kicked things off by belting a 1-0 pitch from Cory Wilder over the left field wall for a two-out homer and a 1-0 lead. It marked the third home run of the season and the second this week for Solak, who had a two-run shot in Tuesday’s win at Vanderbilt.


The one-run advantage for the Cardinals stood until the seventh inning, when Taylor sent a 2-2 offering from Austin Staley into right field plating sophomore Blake Tiberi with two outs. That proved to more than enough for Louisville against NC State (32-15, 13-10 ACC), which finished with only three hits in the game, including just one during the final eight innings.


The Cardinals and Wolfpack will continue their weekend series Saturday at 1 p.m., and the game will be televised through the ACC’s Regional Sports Network.


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