The fourth-ranked University of Louisville baseball team shook off its first loss of the season in a big way, securing the weekend series with a 14-1 victory over Bowling Green on Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Louisville (6-1) racked up 14 runs on 15 hits and allowed just one run on the mound for the third time in seven games.
Patrick Forbes led the way offensively with a 3-for-4 day, driving in two and scoring twice. Five other Cardinals had two-hit days including Ryan McCoy, who hit his fourth home run of the young season.
Carson Liggett (2-0) surrendered just one run in 5.2 innings of work, striking out six for his second victory of the year. Will Koger, Wyatt Danilowicz and Cameron Robinson took care of the final 10 outs to finish it off.
For the second consecutive day, McCoy got the Cardinals on the board with a first-inning home run. The junior went the opposite way with two down to start the scoring. Louisville then struck for three in the second, started by a run-scoring double from Logan Beard.
Bowling Green (2-4) plated its only run of the day in the third, but Liggett pitched his way out of trouble to hold the Falcons to just one.
McCoy stretched the margin back out to four with a single in the fifth before the Cardinals offense erupted in the sixth.
JT Benson drove home the first two of the frame with a single back through the middle and then scored on a single from Christian Knapczyk. Eddie King Jr. picked up a RBI with a hit by pitch with the bases loaded and Forbes capped the frame with a two-run double for his second hit of the inning.
Louisville pushed two more across in the seventh and added one more in the eighth to finish off the day.
The Cardinals close out their eight-game homestand to open the season on Tuesday with Eastern Kentucky coming to Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
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