In what could be described as the biggest series of the season, No. 4 Louisville visits No. 5 Florida State for a three-game set this weekend at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.
Winners of six straight, the Cardinals (23-5; 9-3), visit the Seminoles (20-7; 7-1) for a series of the top two teams in the ACC Atlantic Division. Louisville enters the series having outscored opponents 73-11 during its current win streak, while the pitching staff currently ranks second in the nation with a 2.23 ERA.
The Seminoles will be facing their fourth ranked opponent this spring and have a compiled a 4-2 mark, including a sweep over Georgia Tech, in their prior outings against ranked foes.
Louisville All-American outfielder Corey Ray, who described this weekend's series as one of the reasons "that you come to play at the University of Louisville," enjoys the high-stakes meeting and the quality of talent on both rosters.
"(It's) two really good teams, with really good talent," he said earlier this week.
The trip is the third road trip against a highly-ranked opponent for the Cardinals this season. U of L dropped two of three games at both Ole Miss and Miami, games that were closely contested throughout. The hope is that the team has learned from their prior trips and will be able to make the extra play that could be a difference between winning or losing another series.
"We have to make plays," said Ray. "The difference is, if we make one more play, if we get one more two-out hit, or have one more good at-bat and think we win those series. We have to make our plays and have quality at bats and I think we'll come out on top."
First pitch between the Cardinals and Seminoles is slated for 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday’s game is set for 1 p.m. All three games will be televised by ESPN3.