UL Baseball | Cards Fall to Clemson in ACC Tournament

05/27/2016 01:50 PM

The Louisville Cardinals entered ACC Tournament play today against Clemson riding a 10 game win streak with starting pitcher, and reigning John Olerud Award winner, Brendan McKay taking the mound.

The Cardinals jumped out to an early 2-1 lead and after a Colin Lyman single scored Devin Hairston, UofL led 3-1 after the 4th inning.

But the wheels came off for Brendan McKay in the bottom of the fifth. Leading 3-1, McKay gave up a solo homerun to Clemson’s Reed Rohlman and then a single to KJ Bryant. Following Bryant was a walk, a wild pitch, a hit batter to score a run and a sac fly to score another run. After all was said and done the Cardinals trailed 4-3.

Rohlman would go deep again in the bottom of the 6th and DH Seth Beer would go yard in the bottom of the 7th for Clemson. From there it was up to senior Clate Schmidt to keep the Cardinal bats silent as he picked up the victory.

With the loss, UofL will still play 3 seed Virginia Saturday night at 7 p.m. There is a scenario in which Louisville could advance to the ACC Championship game on Sunday. Wake Forest must win Friday and Saturday nights and Louisville must beat Virginia.

Louisville expects to be named a regional host for the start of NCAA Tournament play. Host sites will be named Sunday night and regional pairings will be unveiled Monday afternoon.

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