By Dalton Ray–
The second-seed Louisville Cardinals fell to sixth-seed Clemson Tigers by a score of 5-3 in the ACC Tournament. Louisville is now 1-1 in Pool B play while Clemson moves to 2-0. Both teams will play their third game tomorrow, the team with the best record will face off against the top team from Pool A in the championship Sunday.
Errors allowed the Cardinals to get the early lead over Clemson. In the second inning Danny Rosenbaum’s RBI single gave U of L a 1-0 lead. Clemson was able to tie up the game in the bottom. To start off the third, Corey Ray reached first off a error and stole second base. Nick Solak’s ground out RBI brought Ray home.
Louisville was able to grab the lead early on in the game, after four innings of play the Cards were ahead 3-1. In the fifth inning, Clemson was able to score two runs and rattle Louisville’s pitcher Brendan McKay. The Tigers scored the final four runs to get the game.
To start off the fifth inning, Reed Rohlam hit a bomb over the right field. After a single and a walk, a wild pitch put runners on second and third. McKay walked another batter, filling the bases. A hit-by-pitch gave Clemson their second run of the inning and tied the game.
Louisville wouldn’t score a run in the final five innings of play. After the fifth inning, U of L only registered three hits and two came in their final at bat. Clemson’s Clate Schmidt pitched 8.2 innings and after the Tigers stopped committing errors, he managed the game and earned six strikeouts.
In the sixth and seventh innings, Clemson hit another two solo home runs. The Tigers ended the game with four home runs.
Rosenbaum and Colin Lyman led the Cardinals offensively going 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Solak was the other Cardinal with an RBI on the day.
Louisville will face off against three-seed Virginia tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Durham.
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