Louisville will play their second game of the ACC Tournament beginning this morning with Brendan McKay on the mound for the Cardinals. Louisville won its first game on Wednesday 9-5 vs. Wake Forest and had a day off yesterday. Louisville will also play #3 Virginia tomorrow with Drew Harrington expected to be on the mound for the Cards.
Radio coverage for all Louisville baseball games at the ACC Championship and throughout the postseason will be provided by 93.9 The Ville. Regional Sports Networks from across the conference footprint and across the nation will carry all 14 games on Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday’s championship game will be televised nationally by ESPN2. All games will also be available on ESPN3.
Louisville, ranked third in this week’s Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll, is riding a ten-game winning streak including the last 4 contests vs. Wake Forest. The Cardinals clinched their second straight ACC Atlantic Division championship and the No. 2 seed in this week’s ACC Championship. On the mound, Louisville features three 11-game winners, has set a school record with 11 shutouts (No. 2 nationally) this season and has surrendered two or fewer earned runs in 33 of 56 games. Entering the week, the pitching staff was ranked second in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings and third in ERA. Offensively, the Cardinals were fifth nationally in batting average, 12th in on-base percentage and 18th in scoring.
Clemson’s outfield Seth Beer was the 1st player in ACC history to earn Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year in the conference. Beer is tied for the conference lead in home runs with 15 and ranks third in RBIs with 60 in 54 games. Beer is batting .378 to rank sixth in the conference and is second in slugging percentage (.694), third in on-base percentage (.528) and is tied for second in total bases (2.31 per game). In addition to several conference and national weekly honors, Beer was named the National Hitter of the Month of March by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) after batting .431 with nine home runs and 21 RBIs. His regular-season accomplishments also included a 26-game hitting streak – tied for fourth-longest in school history – as he keyed the Tigers to a 38-18 regular season. The Tigers also feature standout catcher Chris Okey (1st Team All-ACC).
Earlier this season Louisville swept the 39-18 Clemson Tigers at Jim Patterson Stadium where the Cards finished the regular season 33-1. The Cards are 14-9 away from home.