Junior lefthander Drew Harrington allowed only two hits while working into the eighth inning as the No. 4 Louisville baseball team evened its series at No. 5 Florida State with Saturday night’s 7-1 victory at Dick Howser Stadium.

A native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Harrington surrendered just one run and struck out five in 7.2 innings to win his sixth straight start and improve to 7-1 on the season for the Cardinals (24-6, 10-4 ACC), who face the Seminoles (21-8, 8-2 ACC) in Sunday’s rubber game at 1 p.m., ET on ESPN3. Saturday marked the sixth time in eight outings this season Harrington has allowed no more than one earned run. In his eight starts in 2016, Harrington has a 1.22 ERA with 43 strikeouts and just 12 walks in 51.2 innings pitched.

Offensively, four Cardinals had two hits each with sophomore third baseman Blake Tiberi pacing the way finishing 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Sophomore shortstop Devin Hairston extended his career-best hitting streak to 10 games going 2-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored, while sophomore Brendan McKay was 2-for-4 with his first triple of the season and scored twice. Freshman second baseman Devin Mann pushed his career-long hitting streak to seven on a 2-for-5 night at the plate with a double and a run scored and senior first baseman Danny Rosenbaum added a double and three RBI.

After three scoreless innings from both clubs to begin the night, Louisville broke through first with a trio of runs in the fourth inning. Mann, who has six multi-hit performances in his seven-game hitting streak, led off the inning with a double down the left field line against FSU starter Drew Carlton and moved to third on a bunt single from Hairston before scoring on a throwing error by FSU first baseman Dylan Busby. Later in the inning, Tiberi drove McKay home with a RBI groundout and Hairston scored on a RBI groundball by Rosenbaum.

The Seminoles scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth on a one-out solo home run to left field by catcher Cal Raleigh. Following three more innings of scoreless work by the pitchers, the Cardinals added insurance with two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth. After a single by Tiberi and a walk to junior catcher Will Smith, Rosenbaum drove both Cardinals home with a double down the left field line on a 0-2 pitch from reliever Tyler Holton. An inning later, McKay tripled to left center off Ed Voyles and scored on a RBI single from Hairston. Tiberi followed with a RBI double to send Hairston home for the final tally of the night.

Junior righthander Zack Burdi backed up Harrington by striking out two in 1.1 innings of perfect relief. Carlton took the loss for the Seminoles and dropped to 4-2 on the season after surrendering two earned runs and three total runs on five hits in five innings.

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