Junior catcher Will Smith had two hits and scored two runs while senior righthander Kyle Funkhouser became first 30-game winner in school history as the No. 3 Louisville baseball team closed the weekend series at Boston College with a 6-2 win Sunday afternoon at Pellagrini Diamond.
After entering the day tied with Justin Marks atop Louisville’s career wins list, Funkhouser allowed just two runs on four hits with four strikeouts in six innings for his 30th collegiate victory. A native of Oak Forest, Illinois, Funkhouser improved to 4-3 on the season and is the school record holder for strikeouts (336), innings pitched (343.2) and starts (51) to go along with wins. Junior righty Shane Hummel closed out Sunday’s win by striking out two in 2.1 innings of shutout relief for his first save.
Smith was 2-for-3 with a walk at the plate and drove in a run to go with his two runs scored as Louisville (31-9, 14-7 ACC) finished with an 8-6 advantage in hits. Sophomore shortstop Devin Hairston added a solo home run and senior first baseman Danny Rosenbaum chipped in with a double, one RBI and scored a run.
The Cardinals opened the scoring Sunday plating two runs in the second inning against Boston College righty Mike King. Sophomore third baseman Blake Tiberi singled up the middle to start the inning, moved to second on a single from Smith and took third on a sacrifice bunt by Rosenbaum before freshman Devin Mann drove him home with a RBI sacrifice fly to center. Junior outfielder Colin Lyman followed with a RBI single to right to score Smith for the 2-0 lead.
Louisville doubled its lead with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Following a leadoff walk to Smith, Rosenbaum sent him home with a scorched RBI double to left field. Rosenbaum moved to third on a wild pitch later in the inning before scoring on a RBI sacrifice fly to center from junior outfielder Corey Ray for the 4-0 cushion.
The Eagles broke through for their first run of the day in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-out RBI single to right field by Johnny Adams to score Nick Sciortino. Louisville answered in the fifth inning when Hairston powdered a 1-1 pitch from King for a solo home run over the left field wall, his second homer of the season.
Boston College narrowed the margin to 5-2 in the sixth inning on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Scott Braren to score Michael Strem. Louisville answered in the seventh on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Smith to score junior outfielder Logan Taylor for the 6-2 advantage.
Up next, the Cardinals begin a five-game homestand at Jim Patterson Stadium with a visit from FIU on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., ET and admission is free.
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