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Louisville Athletics | May 9, 2014

No. 5 Louisville blanks Temple

Kyle Funkhouser Kyle Funkhouser struck out 12 Thursday in Louisville's 2-0 win at Temple.

AMBLER, Pa. -- Sophomore righty Kyle Funkhouser had a career-best 12 strikeouts in eight shutout innings Friday to lead No. 5 Louisville to a 2-0 win at Temple.

Funkhouser allowed just four hits and issued only one walk to improve to 10-2 on the mound as the Cardinals (39-11, 15-4 American) extended their winning streak to 12 games while maintaining first place in the conference race. In surpassing his previous career-high of 10 strikeouts on Feb. 22 against Western Michigan, Funkhouser lowered his ERA to 1.86 and has 85 strikeouts in 87 innings pitched this season. The hard-throwing righty extended his career best scoreless streak to 27 innings (three straight starts) and he has not allowed an earned run in the last 34 innings dating back to April 11.

Junior righty closer Nick Burdi closed the Cardinals' sixth shutout win of the season by striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 13th save of the season and the 29th of his career extending his school record total. In 23 appearances this season, Burdi has 47 strikeouts in 27.2 innings and a 0.65 ERA to go with a 2-1 record.

At the plate, senior third baseman Alex Chittenden was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored, while freshman outfielder Colin Lyman chipped in with a RBI single in the win. Senior catcher Kyle Gibson added a double and scored once as Louisville finished with a 7-4 advantage in hits over the Owls (12-28, 7-12 American).

Louisville opened the scoring in the fifth inning when junior shortstop Sutton Whiting delivered a RBI sacrifice fly to left field to plate Gibson for the 1-0 lead. Gibson started the inning with a double to left and moved to third on a bunt single by junior second baseman Zach Lucas before scoring.

An inning later, the Cardinals added the final run of the afternoon in the sixth on a two-out, RBI single to left by Lyman to score Chittenden, who doubled moments earlier to begin the two-out threat.

Temple righty starter Matt Hockenberry was the tough-luck loser on Friday dropping to 4-5 on the season after allowing just two runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts in a complete-game performance.

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