DURHAM, N.C. – Louisville scored four runs in both the first and fourth frames to end No. 17 Duke’s ACC Championship run with a 9-2 decision Friday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Jimmy Herron singled in the first and doubled in the fifth to extend his on-base streak to 35 games, while Joey Loperfido went 3-for-4 to raise his average to a team-best .314. But Louisville (42-16) had three hits with the bases loaded and Duke (40-15) was unable to overcome the slow start, trailing 4-0 after one and 8-1 after four.
The Cardinals raced to a four-run lead in the top of the first, taking advantage of some free offense. A leadoff single coupled with two walks loaded the bases with one out. Josh Stowers and Zach Britton both knocked two-run singles before Duke worked out of the inning.
The Blue Devils responded with a Zack Kone two-out RBI single in the third. After Louisville starter Adam Wolf escaped the jam, Devin Mann cleared the bases with a double to the left center gap to put the game out of reach.
Duke’s Mitch Stallings (3-5) yielded eight runs on seven hits over 3.1 innings to take the loss, while Wolf (7-2) allowed two runs in seven complete to pick up the win.
Duke awaits its postseason fate with the NCAA Selection Show set to air Monday, May 28 at 12 p.m., on ESPNU.