Following an impressive start to the ACC Baseball Championship, which left many around the Durham Bulls Athletic Park commenting that it was a team destined for the College World Series, Louisville dropped it's next two contests to finish 1-2 in the pool play portion.
Falling 7-2 to Virginia on Saturday evening, the Cardinals will enter NCAA play with a two-game losing streak and dropped to 47-12 overall.
Playing in front of 5,118 in attendance, the Cardinals and Cavaliers entered the fourth inning of what appeared to be a pitchers duel, but the defending national champions exploded for seven runs on nine hits in the fifth inning against Drew Harrington, the ACC Pitcher of the Year.
"It's life in the ACC," said U of L head coach Dan McDonnell. "We haven't got our butt kicked to often this year, but we're not immune to it. That's the way it is in college baseball."
Louisville mustered just four hits in the game, highlighted by a solo home run of the bat of Corey Ray. It was the All-American's 27th career home run.
The Cardinals will next await for the NCAA selection show which will be broadcast by ESPNU on Monday at noon. Cardinal Authority will be on-hand when the team learns of its selection and will have immediate reaction from coaches and players.