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.

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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