Best Start in Reach
With it's come-from-behind 13-4 win over Xavier on Wednesday, Louisville improved to 16-0 on the season to mark the second best start to a season in program history.
One more victory will equal the 17-0 start by the 1957 team for best in school history.
Louisville has now won 32 straight contests at Jim Patterson Stadium and has been victorious in 18 consecutive midweek games.
The Cardinals have outscored their opponents 152-36 through 16 games.
Striving to be the Best
As the first U of L squad to reach the number one ranking, the internal competition to become the best team in the history of Louisville baseball has surfaced.
Already off to the best start in the Dan McDonnell era and just one win shy of equaling the best-ever start in program history, this year's Cardinals are building a resume that provides them the opportunity to be considered the top team in school history.
"I think every team wants to be the best team," said McDonnell. "That's the competition within the program. It's something that these guys shoot for."
As McDonnell pointed out, the team has played "just a little over 20 percent of a long season," so a lot still remains for this team, which includes the goal of playing in the College World Series this June.
"I think every team's goal, at least at the University of Louisville, is that we want to be the best team to ever play here," said McDonnell. "I like helping them try to do that."
Led by No. 1 Louisville, five ACC programs are in the latest Baseball American Top 25 poll. Florida State checks in at No. 2 and Clemson at No. 9 give the league three teams in the top ten. No. 13 North Carolina and No. 15 Virginia round out the ACC presence in the poll.
Only two programs, both in the Atlantic Division, made it though the opening weekend of ACC play without a loss. Top-ranked Louisville swept Pittsburgh and No. 9 Clemson took all three from Notre Dame at home. The Cardinals host Boston College this weekend while the Tigers welcome No. 15 Virginia for a three-game set.
STANDINGS (as of Mar 16, 2017) Atlantic Division ACC Overall Team W L T Pct W L T Pct Louisville............ 3 0 0 1.000 16 0 0 1.000 Clemson............. 3 0 0 1.000 14 3 0 .824 Florida State....... 2 1 0 .667 13 5 0 .722 Wake Forest......... 2 1 0 .667 13 5 0 .722 NC State............ 1 2 0 .333 10 8 0 .556 Boston College...... 1 2 0 .333 6 8 0 .429 Notre Dame.......... 0 3 0 .000 4 11 0 .267 Coastal Division ACC Overall Team W L T Pct W L T Pct North Carolina...... 2 1 0 .667 13 4 0 .765 Duke.................. 2 1 0 .667 10 9 0 .526 Miami................. 2 1 0 .667 8 9 0 .471 Virginia............... 1 2 0 .333 14 3 0 .824 Georgia Tech....... 1 2 0 .333 11 4 0 .733 Virginia Tech....... 1 2 0 .333 11 8 0 .579 Pitt..................... 0 3 0 .000 7 7 0 .500
The Cardinals remain among the nation's leaders in numerous categories, including top five in batting average, ERA and scoring.
Junior All-American Brendan McKay also continues to provide evidence that he's the nation's top player. The two-way standout ranks among the nation's best at the plate and on the mound.
"I've said that I don't want to take him for granted and I've challenged our fans not to take him for granted," McDonnell said of McKay. "I'm happy for Brendan. The expectations are heavily on him and he's doing more than backing it up."
TEAM STAT RANKS
|On Base %||3rd||.438||1st|
INDIVIDUAL STAT RANKS
|Brendan McKay||Batting Avg||5th||.511|
|Brendan McKay||On Base %||5th||.587|
|Logan Taylor||On Base %||49th||.513|
|Devin Hairston||Sac Flies||15th||3|
|Brendan McKay||Sac Flies||15th||3|
|Brendan McKay||Slugging %||12th||.830|
|Drew Ellis||Slugging %||40th||.722|
|Logan Taylor||Stolen Bases||5th||11|
Louisville hosts Boston College this weekend at Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6pm, with Saturday and Sunday slated for 1pm.
The Eagles upset the Cardinals in last year's meeting at Chestnut Hill, taking two of three. Louisville holds a 4-2 all-time series advantage, which includes a sweep of Boston College in 2015.
Next week's midweek game will take the Cardinals to Cincinnati to face the Bearcats on Tuesday at 6pm. U of L is 98-80 all-time against Cincinnati, including 12 straight wins.