The Louisville baseball team (37-15) had an incredibly successful week of play, as they won all five games against Wright State, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh. Don’t look now, but the Cards have won eight of their last nine games going back to their win a few weeks ago over the Vanderbilt Commodores. Needless to say, this team is getting hot at the right time of the year; something every Louisville fan loves to hear.
With only one week left in the regular season, the Cardinals (15-12) were able to jump over the Florida State Seminoles (14-12) in the Atlantic Division race. With one conference series left against Notre Dame this weekend, Dan McDonnell’s squad has a great chance of clinching the 5th-seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. Compared to where this team was a few weeks ago, the Cardinals have done some serious work in the standings in a very short amount of time.
The Week Ahead
Believe it or not, Louisville is heading into their last four games of the regular season against the Indiana Hoosiers (33-15) on Tuesday and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (23-25) over the weekend. Neither school poses a seriously intimidating threat to the Cardinals chances of coming out of the week with 40 total wins, which means this “rebuilding” year has turned out better than imagined.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Dan McDonnell is one of the best head coaches in America. He’s been tasked with replacing dozens of players over the past five years because of the MLB Draft, yet the program’s success has stayed the same. It’s simply remarkable.
With that said, the challenge for Louisville this week will be to focus on Indiana and Notre Dame, not look ahead towards the ACC and NCAA tournaments. While winning all four games to continue their five-game winning streak would be nice, the Cards goal has to be, at least, three wins by Sunday night.
Per usual, if they can avoid costly defensive-errors, they should be able to achieve that goal without problem.
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.