The third-ranked Louisville baseball team enters the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship as the No. 2 seed and will begin its Pool B schedule against No. 10 Wake Forest (4-3 winner against No. 7 Duke on Tuesday) on Wednesday at 7 p.m., ET at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Following an off day, the Cardinals continue the week against No. 6 Clemson on Friday at 11 a.m., before concluding pool play against No. 3 Virginia on Saturday at 7 p.m. The two teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to the title game on Sunday at noon with the winner earning the ACC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship.
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, enters the postseason riding a nine-game winning streak after a road sweep at Wake Forest last week to close the regular season. 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.