UofL BASEBALL | Louisville knocked out of ACC Championship

05/26/2017 07:58 PM

The University of Louisville baseball team will now hold its breath, not only for the Monday NCAA Selection show, but also in hopes it will not have to face Florida State again in the postseason.

For the third time in a week and a half, the Seminoles topped the Cardinals, this time in the ACC Championship pool-play round. FSU took the lead early and never looked back, beating U of L 6-2 at Louisville Slugger Field. With the win, FSU will advance to Saturday’s semifinal round to play Duke, and top-seeded U of L will be mere spectators.

Florida State scored twice in the top of the first inning, and plated two more in the fourth. Those would have been enough to hold on to the win, but the Noles added two more security runs in the top of the ninth to seal the deal.

It was FSU’s defense that really padded the victory. Starting FSU pitcher Tyler Holton was dealing for eight innings, allowing just two runs (one earned), four hits, and struck out 10 Cards in that span. Brendan McKay homered for the second straight game for U of L in the sixth inning, but could not spark the comeback.

Despite the loss and early exit from the conference tourney, no. 5 Louisville still has a great chance of earning a national (top-8) seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. That would mean the team would host the regional round of the tournament, and the super-regional round if they advance. Those selections are announced Monday.

Local entrant Louisville (47-10) – and a large contingent of fans it brought to the ballpark Friday — won’t be a part of it, bound to wait for Monday’s NCAA assignment. Despite dropping four of their past five games, the Cards are still likely to receive a top-eight national seed, which would carry hosting rights to next week’s regional as well as an NCAA super regional should U of L advance to one.

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