Cards looking strong as they begin postseason play
By Jason Wyrick May 23, 2016
Photo by Wade Morgen.
Cards Looking Strong as they Begin Postseason Play
With the sweep of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on the closing weekend of the ACC regular season, the Cards capped a terrific season with three more wins. Starters Brendan McKay, Drew Harrington and Kyle Funkhouser all got wins, improving to 11-2, 11-1 and 8-3, respectively. The team improved to 46-10 and 22-8 in ACC play. Ranked #4 nationally and coming off of the best regular season in recent memory, the Cards look to make major noise in the postseason and fully expect to compete for the hardware.
With the Cards having seven draft eligible players in the Baseball America Top 500 prospects plus sophomore pitchers Brendan McKay and Kade McClure (who will become draft eligible next year) in the squad, the Cards definitely have the talent to compete. In fact, in the current top 10 standings, only Florida, Miami, Texas A&M and South Carolina come close to that number, with Florida having six and Miami, Texas A&M and South Carolina each having four. Louisville is also the only school with two (Corey Ray and Zack Burdi) in the top 25.
With that all being said, the Cards begin their postseason this week in Durham, North Carolina with the ACC conference tournament. Pool play begins on Wednesday for Louisville, when they take on the winner of Wake Forest (3-0 in the regular season) and Duke (did not play) at 7 PM. Friday, they take on Clemson (3-0) at 11 AM, and on Saturday face Virginia (2-1) at 7 PM. Should the Cards win their pool, they will play in the championship game on Sunday at noon.
Following the posting of this article, it was announced that Drew Harrington won ACC Pitcher of the Year Coach Dan McDonnell won his second straight ACC Coach of the Year award.