The Louisville baseball team opens up postseason play this week, looking to win their first conference tournament since joining the ACC. The Cards are coming into their conference tournament winning three straight games over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, clinching their sixth straight forty-win season. Needless to say, that’s quite an accomplishment for the men in black and red.
Now that the Cardinals’ regular season schedule is completed, their main focus will be on the Duke Blue Devils and Wake Forest Demon Deacons – the other two teams in Pool D. By Saturday, whoever finishes in Pool D with the best overall record will advance to the ACC Semifinal game against the winner from Pool A.
More than likely, the team coming from Pool A will be the North Carolina Tar Heels – the conference’s number one overall seed. It goes without saying, but if the Cardinals do indeed make it all the way to Sunday afternoon, it will be deemed a well-deserved trip to the championship game.
Take a look at the full schedule for the 2018 ACC Baseball Tournament, courtesy of the conference’s official athletic website:
Tuesday, May 22
No. 12 Pittsburgh vs. No. 8 Georgia Tech, 11:00AM
No. 10 Virginia vs. No. 6 Florida State, 3:00PM
No. 11 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Miami, 7:00PM
Wednesday, May 23
No. 9 Wake Forest vs. No. 5 Louisville, 11:00AM
No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 11 Notre Dame, 3:00PM
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 12 Pittsburgh, 7:00PM
Thursday, May 24
No. 4 Duke vs. No. 9 Wake Forest, 11:00AM
No. 3 NC State vs. No. 10 Virginia, 3:00PM
No. 7 Miami vs. No. 2 Clemson, 7:00PM
Friday, May 25
No. 5 Louisville vs. No. 4 Duke, 11:00AM
No. 8 Georgia Tech vs. No. 1 North Carolina, 3:00PM
No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 3 NC State, 7:00PM
Saturday, May 26
Pool A Winner vs. Pool D Winner, 1:00PM
Pool B Winner vs. Pool C Winner, 5:00PM
Sunday, May 27
ACC Championship, Noon (ESPN2)
Why the Cardinals could make a deep run:
Even though this 2018 Louisville squad hasn’t been as dominant in year’s past, they do have a chance to surprise some people in this upcoming ACC Tournament. In case you didn’t know, the Cardinals finished the year with the conference’s best “Earned Run Average” (3.28). This deep pitching staff has given their team a chance to win each and every game this season, which will be vitally important when things get tight later this week.
While have a strong group of pitchers is important for the Cardinals, it doesn’t hurt to mention Louisville finished the season tied with NC State for the most “Runs Batted In”. We haven’t seen the power numbers like year’s past with this team, but they can still find different ways to score.
At the end of the day, this Cardinals team remains a dangerous one. If they can put together a few days of great pitching, defense, and hitting, they could legitimately win the school it’s first ACC Baseball Tournament Championship. If that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will.<
Derek Snyder joined as a contributor for TheCardinalConnect.com in April of 2018. He previously covered everything Louisville Cardinals as the Site-Expert for BigRedLouie.com in 2016. Follow Derek on Twitter @dcolesny10.