The No. 5 Louisville baseball team hosts its final regular season home series of 2016 as No. 10 NC State visits Jim Patterson Stadium for a three-game set starting Friday at 6 p.m., ET. The Cardinals and Wolfpack will continue their series Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., each day. Television coverage for all three games will be provided by ESPN3, while Saturday’s game will also be televised through the ACC’s Regional Sports Network. Radio coverage of the series will be provided by 93.9 The Ville at 6 p.m., while live stats for all Louisville baseball games are available at GoCards.com. Prior to Sunday’s game, the Cardinals will honor its 2016 senior class — pitchers Kyle Funkhouser andAnthony Kidston, infielder Danny Rosenbaum and manager Nick Kiper.
GAME DAY INFORMATION (Promotions)
#5 Louisville vs. #10 NC State
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Venue: Jim Patterson Stadium (4,000)
Twitter Updates: @UofLBaseball
Series History: Louisville leads 3-1 all-time
Game Notes: Louisville | NC State
Louisville, ranked fifth this week in the USA Today coaches poll and NCBWA poll, followed its first road series win of 2016 last week at North Carolina with an 8-5 midweek victory at No. 7 Vanderbilt Tuesday. With two weeks of ACC action remaining, the Cardinals are second in the Atlantic Division with a 16-8 record, while Florida State paces the way at 14-6. On the mound, Louisville has matched a school record with 10 shutouts (No. 3 nationally) while allowing two or fewer earned runs in 27 of 49 games. Entering the weekend, the pitching staff was ranked third in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings (7.09) and ninth in ERA (2.83). Offensively, the Cardinals were fifth nationally with a .326 average, 11th in on-base percentage (.409) and 13th in scoring (7.9 runs per game).
ABOUT THE WOLFPACK
NC State enters the weekend at 32-14 overall and 13-9 in the ACC after dropping two of three on the road at Clemson last weekend. Guided by head coach Elliott Avent, in his 20th season at NC State, the Wolfpack was 36-23 overall last season and finished fifth in the ACC Atlantic with a 15-14 record. NC State earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Championship and lost to TCU in the title game of the Fort Worth Regional.
Louisville is 3-1 all-time against NC State in a series dating back to 2008 when the Cardinals won a neutral site contest. Last season, Louisville won two of three games in Raleigh during the final week of the regular season. This weekend will mark NC State’s first ever visit to Jim Patterson Stadium.