By Dalton Ray–
Baseball earned the No. 7 national seed in the NCAA tournament, allowing them to host their fifth straight regional and seventh in the last nine years. Of 16 regional hosts, Louisville and two other schools, Florida State and LSU, host regional games for the fifth straight year.
The Cardinals host Oklahoma (34-22), Xavier (32-25) and Radford (27-30). U of L takes on Radford on June 2 at 6 p.m. If Louisville wins, they will face the winner of OU and Xavier June 3 at 7 p.m. If the Cards drop the game against Radford, they face the game two’s loser at 12 p.m. June 3.
Louisville ended the regular season with a 47-10 record and earned the top seed in the ACC tournament, but exited early thanks to the red-hot Florida State Seminoles.
The Cards are led by a star-studded junior class in Brendan McKay, Kade McClure, Drew Ellis, Devin Hairston, Lincoln Henzman and Colby Fitch. All received All-ACC team honors, while McKay won Player of the Year.
Coach Dan McDonnell, three-time reigning ACC Coach of the Year, has led U of L to seven total regional host sites.
Louisville has also hosted the NCAA Super Regionals for three straight years, but have not reached the College World Series since 2014.
If Louisville advances out of their region, they will host their fifth ever NCAA Super Regionals. The winner of the Louisville region will face the winner of the Lexington region which consists of Kentucky, Indiana, NC State and Ohio.
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