After utilizing the long ball and receiving a dominate performance from its starting pitcher in Wednesday's 9-5 win over Wake Forest to begin its pool play in the ACC Baseball Championship, Louisville was the victim of the same on Friday against Clemson.
The Tigers, who defeated defending national champion Virginia 5-4 on Thursday, connected for four home runs, including a pair from Reed Rohlman, while getting a strong performance from starter Clate Schmidt to defeat the second-seeded Cardinals and remain undefeated in Pool B play.
For Rohlman, it was his first two home runs of the season, while Seth Beer connected for his 16th to set a new Clemson freshman mark. Schmidt, who came within one out of a complete game, allowed just three runs, and issued just one walk while striking out six to collect the win.
Visiting with his team in the outfield immedately following the 5-3 loss, head coach Dan McDonnell stressed the quality of the competition.
"They had a guy who almost threw a complete game, pitched his tail off, and I they hit four home runs," he said. "We just didn't do enough. Like I told my guys in the outfield, this was a regional host team and obviously we have to do a little bit more."
Louisville starter Brendan McKay struggled with his control throughout his 5.1 innings of work, giving up four runs on five hits, while walking five and having three wild pitches. The sophomore tossed 93 pitches, 45 for strikes.
Danny Rosenbaum led the Cardinals at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and the team's lone extra base hit, a double in the fourth inning.
The Cardinals dropped to 47-11 overall. Next up for Louisville is a must-win meeting with Virginia on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.