The Louisville baseball team (32-15) had another solid week, winning three out of their four contests in the first week of May. While beating the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville on Tuesday evening was very impressive, the Cards series-win over the Boston College Eagles was just as important, as it improved their conference record to (12-12). With just two weeks left in the NCAA regular season, the Cardinals desperately needed three wins against Vandy and Boston College to keep climbing the tournament-seeding ladder. Needless to say, Dan McDonnell’s team got the job done.
The good news for Louisville is they’re now in sole-possession of fourth place in the ACC Atlantic division, just behind Clemson, NC State, and Florida State . No, that’s not anywhere close to where the Cards wanted to be before the season began, but in a year where they’ve struggled to play clean defensive baseball, we’ll take the highest seed available.
At the end of the day, this team still has enough talent and coaching experience to be dangerous come tournament time. Don’t count these guys out just yet, as we’ll learn a lot about these fellas over the next few weeks.
The Week Ahead
The Cards have a very busy week ahead of them, as they’ll be playing five games over the next seven days. Still, even with a heavy workload set before them, Louisville has a great chance of winning each and every one of these games. Once again, focus and discipline will be key.
Louisville starts their week on Tuesday night against the Wright State Raiders (31-14) in Jim Patterson Stadium. Even with an impressive thirty-one wins, Wright State hasn’t played many programs as tough as the Cardinals in 2018. Unless the Cards struggle to get guys on-base, I expect them to emerge victorious over the Raiders.
On Wednesday night, the Cards will welcome their friends from the north, as the Cincinnati Bearcats (24-21) come to town. These two schools had a game against each other postponed in late-March, so you can bet both sides are eager to get back on the diamond and resolve this under-the-radar rivalry as quickly as possible.
As far as the Cardinals’ weekend series, they’ll be traveling to Pennsylvania to face the Pittsburgh Panthers (26-19). Even though Pitt doesn’t have as many wins as the Cards, they are just as dangerous. The Panthers are (4-4) on the year in terms of their conference-series record, which is even more impressive when you realize they lost their first three.
To continue climbing in the ACC standings and fighting for NCAA Tournament positioning, playing great baseball up in Pittsburgh is a definite must.
I hope you’re ready for some competition this week, Cardinals fans, as there is plenty of baseball on the way.<
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.