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    Florida State 12 Louisville 9 (Baseball)

    Brendan McKay gets rocked for 7 runs in 5 innings, 2 unearned (E5 and WP), and left the game in after the 5th with it tied 7-7. It went downhill from there for the Cards.
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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 2 Louisville baseball team opened its final series of the regular season with a 12-9 loss to Florida State on Thursday night at Jim Patterson Stadium.

    The visiting Seminoles (34-20, 13-14 ACC) overcame a 7-3 deficit by outscoring the Cardinals (46-8, 23-5) 9-2 over the final five innings of the game. With Thursday's result, Louisville suffered its second straight loss marking the third time this season the Cardinals have lost back-to-back games, their longest losing skids of 2017.

    Josh Stowers paced the offense for Louisville as the sophomore outfielder was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer, while Colin Lyman was 3-for-5 with a RBI double and a run scored. Drew Ellis added a three-run homer, Devin Mann was 2-of-5 with a double, one RBI and one run scored and Brendan McKay added a double and scored twice.

    The Seminoles opened the scoring with a run in the first inning on a RBI sacrifice fly to right by Quincy Nieporte off McKay to score Taylor Walls. The Cardinals broke through in the second inning when Stowers belted a three-run homer off FSU righty Cole Sands. Following back-to-back one-out singles by Mann and Lyman, Stowers sent a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left center for his second home run this week and the fifth of the season.

    After FSU evened the score with a two-out, two-run double down the left field line from Nieporte in the top of the third, Louisville answered with the three-run homer from Ellis in the bottom of the inning for a 6-3 advantage. Hairston started the scoring chance when he was hit by a 1-1 pitch and McKay followed with a walk before Ellis crushed a 1-0 offering, which landed on the roof of the pavilion atop the berm beyond the wall in left center for his 16th round-tripper of the season.

    Louisville extended the lead in the fourth inning on a two-out RBI double from Colby Fitch to plate Tyler Fitzgerald. However, the Seminoles responded with a four-run fifth inning, including two unearned runs, to even the score at 7-7. Nieporte added to his great day at the plate with another two-out, two-run double down the left field line to send JC Flowers and Walls home. A fielding error by the Cardinals extended the inning and allowed Nieporte to score before Holton added a RBI single to plate Cal Raleigh.

    Florida State regained the lead for good in the sixth inning when Walls scored on a two-out RBI single by Jackson Lueck off Louisville senior righty Jake Sparger. The Seminoles extended the advantage to 9-7 in the seventh when Cal Raleigh led off the inning with a solo home run to right field.

    The Cardinals cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out RBI double to center by Lyman. Hairston singled and took second on a wild pitch before scoring on Lyman's ground-rule two-bagger. That was as close as Louisville would get as the Seminoles followed with a three-run eighth inning on a two-run homer from Dylan Busby and a RBI single by Raleigh. UofL plated its final run of the game in the ninth inning on a RBI double from Devin Mann.

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    Top 1/2 of the FSU batting order destroyed the Cards. Gonna have to do better with them today and tomorrow.

    McKay walked 4 and all of them scored. With his stuff, he has to challenge the zone more and make them earn their way on base.

    Key points in the game included a double by Lyman which would have tied the game at 9 but it bounced over the fence for a ground rule double which put the runner back at 3B. Stowers then hit a line drive to CF which would have put UofL up 10-9 but the CF made a good diving catch. Bullpen failed to keep it where it was but Cards at least had the tying run at the plate when the game ended in a popup.

    A single win by UofL or a single loss by UNC over the next 2 days assures UofL the #1 seed in the ACC Tourney at Slugger Field.

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