The fourth-ranked University of Louisville baseball team finished off a three-game sweep of Dayton with a 5-1 victory over Dayton on Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Louisville (14-1) has now won nine straight overall, matching its longest winning streak since early in the 2020 season.
For the first time on the weekend, it was the Cards that struck first on Sunday. Eddie King Jr. led off the second inning with a single before stealing second and third base. Logan Beard then brought him home with a groundout for the first run.
Carson Liggett worked two scoreless innings before exiting after being hit by a comebacker. Tucker Biven followed out of the bullpen and kept the Flyers off the board for three innings.
Dayton (3-11) tied the game up in the sixth, but strong work from Riley Phillips kept the damage to just one. Phillips entered with the bases loaded and nobody out and managed to limit the Flyers to just a single run.
Louisville got the run right back in the bottom half of the inning. JT Benson recorded his second triple of the day with two outs and then touched the plate on a wild pitch.
Phillips kept the advantage at 2-1 with a rare four strikeout inning in the seventh. The first batter reached on a wild pitch before the southpaw punched out the next three.
The Cards tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to finally gain some separation, getting run-scoring singles from Christian Knapczyk and Patrick Forbes.
Dayton threatened again in the eighth with three straight walks loading the bases with nobody out. Freshman Kayden Campbell entered from the bullpen and got a force out at the plate for out number one before two straight Ks stranded all three runners.
Tyeler Hawkins then tacked on a RBI single in the eighth before Campbell finished off the game for his first career save.
Benson and Jack Payton had two hits apiece to lead the Cards. Phillips (1-0) earned his first victory of the year in relief.
Louisville welcomes Miami (Ohio) to town on Wednesday for Elementary School Day. First pitch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET.
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