Cardinal Authority provides a look at the Louisville baseball team

Cardinal Authority provides a look at the No. 4 Louisville baseball team as it prepares for another four-game homestand this week

No. 4 Louisville, which begins week three of the 2016 season enjoying a four-game winning streak, will host four games at Jim Patterson Stadium this week, beginning on Tuesday at 4p.m.   Week three also brings the start of ACC play, with U of L welcoming Notre Dame to town this weekend.

Among the favorites to reach the College World Series in June, the Cardinals are proving to be a well-balanced roster, dangerous at the plate, effective in the field and dominating on the mound.  U of L continues to be among the nation's highest-rated teams and checks in as one of the best nationally in multiple statistical categories.

Cardinal Authority provides a quick notebook to get you set for this weeks games.

Rankings

Louisville's highest ranking of the week comes from the Baseball America poll, which places the Cardinals No. 4 nationally.  The remaining four polls place Louisville 5th. As many as eight ACC teams are present in the polls.

Here's a look at how the ACC is represented in the latest polls:

D1Baseball Baseball
America
USA Today NCWBA Perfect
Game
Louisville 5th 4th 5th 5th 5th
North Carolina 6th 12th 7th 10th 9th
NC State 8th 17th 11th 13th 10th
Miami 10th 6th 6th 6th 12th
Florida State 15th 15th 15th 11th 15th
Virginia 18th 10th 18th 14th 14th
Georgia Tech 21st 20th 17th 22nd
Clemson 22nd 29th

ACC

As evidenced by the strong presence in the national polls, the ACC continues as one of the best conferences in the country.  Through two weeks of baseball, all ACC members enjoy winning records.  Georgia Tech (11-0) remains the lone undefeated team in the league.

This weekend signals the start of conference play, with all 14 members squaring off against a league foe. However, just one series - Georgia Tech at Florida State - pits a pair of ranked opponents.

Weekend Series

Notre Dame at Louisville
Pitt at North Carolina
Boston College at NC State
Virginia at Duke
Miami at Virginia Tech
Clemson at Wake Forest
Georgia Tech at FLorida State

Statistics

As the Cardinals enter week three of the 2016 season, seven of the team's regular starters are hitting .33 or better at the plate.  Balke Tiberi, who has hit safely in all eleven games this season, tops the team with a .500 average. Nick Solak (.417) and Corey Ray (.409) are second and third on the team in hitting.

In field, a number of starters remain error free. Colby Fitch, Devin Hairston, Colin Lyman, Brendan McKay, Logan Taylor, and Will Smith have yet to commit an error in 2016.

Brendan McKay continues to lead U of L's talented pitching staff. At 3-0 through three starts, McKay currently holds an 0.43 ERA and leads the team with 24 strikeouts. Friday starter Kyle Funkhouser (2-1) is second on the staff with 21 strikeouts, with Sunday starter Drew Harrington next with 20. Kade McClure has a pair of mid-week wins and currenlty holds a 0.00 ERA thorugh 11 innings of work.

Here's how Louisville measure's up statistically nationally in and the ACC:

U of L Stat Ranking
NCAA ACC
Bat Avg .339 8th 1st
Home Runs 12 28th 3rd
ERA 2.32 18th 4th
Stolen Bases 23 13th 2nd
Runs Scored 101 13th 3rd

Up Next

Louisville hosts Longwood at Jim Patterson Stadium on Tuesday at 4p.m. The meeting will mark the first-ever between Louisville and Longwood on the baseball diamond. The Cardinals are 4-7 all-time against current Big South Conference members -- 3-1 versus UNC Asheville and 1-6 against Coastal Carolina.Longwood enters the week riding a five-game winning streak and 7-4 overall following a three-game weekend sweep at home of Fairleigh Dickinson.

The Cardinals begin conference play at home this weekend when Notre Dame visits the Derby City. Louisville swept the Irish in South Bend in 2015, inclduing a pair of shutouts. The series opener on Friday is slated for 3p.m., with Saturday and Sunday's start times set for 1p.m.


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