The Louisville baseball team (40-16) finished up their 2018 regular season schedule strong, sweeping the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (24-28) over the weekend. After a tough loss to Indiana on Tuesday night, the Cards had everyone sweating whether or not they’d finish the year with the usual forty wins. However, thanks to some stellar pitching, key hitting, and late-game heroics, Louisville was able to dominate the Irish all weekend.
Thanks to some key late-season victories in conference-play, the Cardinals officially clinched the five-seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament in Durham, North Carolina. For everyone still disappointed that this year’s tourney isn’t at Louisville Slugger Field, I definitely feel your pain.
Take a look at the official tournament seeding, courtesy of the ACC’s official athletic website:
2018 ACC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDS
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, North Carolina
Pool A – No. 1 North Carolina, No. 8 Georgia Tech, No. 12 Pitt
Pool B – No. 2 Clemson, No. 7 Miami, No. 11 Notre Dame
Pool C – No. 3 NC State, No. 6 Florida State, No. 10 Virginia
Pool D – No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Louisville, No. 9 Wake Forest
Just as a brief preview, the Cardinals winded up in Pool D with the Blue Devils and Demon Deacons. It’s one thing to face an opponent with home-field advantage, but the Cards will be facing two schools with such a thing. Not to mention, while Dan McDonnell’s squad hasn’t faced Duke this year, they did face Wake Forest in mid-March with the Cardinals losing two out of three on the road.
Needless to say, if this Louisville squad wants to win the first ACC baseball tournament in school history, they’ll have to play much better than their final conference record (18-12) suggests.<
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.