The fourth-ranked Louisville baseball team closes the regular season with a three-game road series against Wake Forest starting Thursday at 6 p.m., ET at David F. Couch Ballpark. The Cardinals and Demon Deacons are also slated for Friday at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 1 p.m. All three games of the series will be televised by ESPN3, while radio coverage will be provided by 93.9 The Ville. Live stats for all Louisville baseball games are available at GoCards.com.
GAME DAY INFORMATION
#4 Louisville at Wake Forest
Location: Winston-Salem, N.C.
Venue: David F. Couch Ballpark (3,184)
Series History: Louisville leads 3-0 all-time
Game Notes: Louisville | Wake Forest
Louisville, ranked fourth in this week’s Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll, extended its winning streak to six games with Tuesday night’s 9-2 victory over No. 27 Indiana in the regular season finale at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Cardinals won their 10th straight ACC home series and moved into first place in the Atlantic Division with a sweep of No. 10 NC State last weekend. Entering the final weekend of the regular season, the Cardinals’ magic number to clinch their second straight Atlantic Division title is two. Louisville is 19-8 in the ACC, while Florida State is second in the division at 15-8. On the mound, Louisville has set a school record with 11 shutouts (No. 2 nationally) this season while allowing two or fewer earned runs in 31 of 53 games. Entering the week, the pitching staff was ranked second in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings and fourth in ERA. Offensively, the Cardinals were seventh nationally in batting average, 14th in on-base percentage and 18th in scoring.
ABOUT THE DEMON DEACONS
Wake Forest enters the weekend at 32-20 overall after a midweek win against Marshall on Tuesday night in Beckley, West Virginia. The Demon Deacons are 13-14 in the ACC after winning two of three games at Virginia Tech last weekend. Guided by seventh year head coach Tom Walter, Wake Forest was 27-26 last season and finished sixth in the ACC Atlantic with a 12-18 record.
SERIES HISTORY & NOTES
Louisville is 3-0 all-time against Wake Forest having swept the only series between the two programs during the Cardinals’ inaugural ACC season in 2015. During a weekend series at Jim Patterson Stadium last April, Louisville earned a 6-5 win in the opener and a 10-1 victory in game two before clinching the weekend sweep when Corey Ray stole home in the ninth inning for a 6-5 walk-off triumph. The visit to Winston-Salem will mark the fourth weekend series in North Carolina in the last two seasons for the Cardinals, who won two of three games in each of the first three visits with series wins at Duke and NC State last season and North Carolina this season.