An eighth inning squeeze bunt by Logan Taylor scored Ryan Summers for the only run of the game while Drew Harrington and Zack Burdi combined for a dominant performance on the mound as the No. 4 Louisville baseball team completed a weekend sweep of Notre Dame with Saturday afternoon’s 1-0 victory at Jim Patterson Stadium.
With Summers at third base and no outs in the eighth inning of the scoreless contest, Taylor executed perfectly on the call from Cardinals (13-2, 3-0 ACC) head coach Dan McDonnell bunting a 2-1 offering from Notre Dame lefty starter Sean Guenther down the third base line. Summers scored without a throw home after scampering past Fighting Irish (6-8, 0-3) third baseman Kyle Fiala, whose only play was to throw to first base for the out. Making just his second start of the season, Summers started the pivotal inning with a leadoff single through the left side and moved to third moments later on a single to left center from Corey Ray.
That run was all Louisville needed on this day as Harrington delivered arguably the best start of his collegiate career finishing with seven strikeouts and no walks while scattering five hits in a career-best eight shutout innings for the win. The junior lefty moved to 3-1 on the season while extending his scoreless streak to a career-long 14.0 innings. Saturday’s performance was two innings longer than any previous outing for Harrington, who lowered his ERA this season to 1.42 to go along with 27 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.
A day after earning his first win of the season in Friday’s series-opener, Burdi locked down his first save of the year on Saturday while closing out Louisville’s fourth shutout of the season with a scoreless ninth inning, highlighted by a strikeout to end the game. In six scoreless relief appearances this season, Burdi has 10 strikeouts with two walks without allowing a hit.
Junior infielder Nick Solak paced the Cardinals going 3-for-4 with a double, while Ray finished 2-for-3 with a walk and his 20th stolen base of the season. The Cardinals also played error-free baseball for the second time in the series and the ninth time this season while ranking among the nation’s best with a .986 fielding percentage.
Louisville, which allowed just three earned runs and had a 0.93 ERA in the series against the Fighting Irish, extended its winning streak against Notre Dame to nine games while earning its sixth sweep in 11 ACC regular season series. The Cardinals, who have won eight straight games overall, also moved to 12-0 at home this season and 289-90 (.762 winning percentage) all-time at Jim Patterson Stadium since its opening in 2005.
Up next, No. 4 Louisville concludes its 10-game homestand with a pair of midweek games at Jim Patterson Stadium on Tuesday against Xavier (3 p.m., ET) and Wednesday against Wright State (noon). Admission is free both games.
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