The Louisville Baseball team (29-14) won three of their four games this week, coming up just shy of the thirty-win mark I predicted for them last Monday afternoon. While the Cards did win their weekend series at Jim Patterson Stadium over the Indiana State Sycamores, they’ll be kicking themselves for dropping their Sunday contest 3-1. Unfortunately, this Louisville squad learned the hard way, once again, how three errors can quickly cost you a victory.
Thankfully for the Cardinals, they’ll have 13 more games to clean up their defensive play before the ACC tournament begins. Even though Dan McDonnell’s squad is in good shape to make the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the Cards could definitely benefit from a few key late-season wins to boost their seeding.
Needless to say, a road win over Vanderbilt (25-18) on Tuesday afternoon would be a great addition to the Cardinals’ 2018 resumé.
The Week Ahead
As mentioned above, the Cards will be heading down to Nashville in order to face the 17th-ranked Vanderbilt baseball team on Tuesday evening; however, while beating the Commodores would be fantastic, Louisville has an even more important series against the Boston College Eagles (15-28) over the weekend. Currently sitting with a (10-11) record in conference-play, the Cardinals desperately need to dominate on the east coast Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to get back in the mix.
When it comes to predicting Louisville’s success in this first week of May, they need to come away with three wins – at the very least. Vandy does pose a serious threat, especially on the road, but the Eagles haven’t won a conference series all year long. Anything less than three wins this week needs to be seen as a failure for the Cardinals.
Everyone keeps waiting for this Louisville squad to finally turn the corner, but defensive errors keep getting in the Cards’ way of becoming one of college baseball’s best teams. Needless to say, with some “take care of business” games on the Cardinals’ schedule in May, we’ll find out pretty darn quick how focused Louisville baseball is heading into the most important part of the season.<
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.