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No. 2 Louisville is 25-3 overall and 10-2 in ACC play

Best Start Continues

No. 2 Louisville continues to set a new standard for best start in school history.  Improving to 25-3 with its victory over Kentucky, this year's Cardinals squad has achieved the best record through 28 games in program history.  This team also reached 25 wins faster than any team in school history, surpassing the 2010 squad that started 24-4 and needed 31 games to win 25..

Focused on Themselves

After sweeping its first two league series - both held at Patterson Stadium - Louisville took two out of three at both NC State and Virginia to help the Cardinals start with an ACC best 10-2 record.

With a key meeting versus top 25-ranked Wake Forest on tap for this weekend, the Cardinals remain focused on themselves and not thinking of winning each series or conference positioning.

"There's a lot of games in the conference, so we approach it one game at a time," U of L head coach Dan McDonnell said.  "I never talk about winning the series.  I never talk about sweeping."

McDonnell said that while the players may check the conference standings, he keeps that type of information at a distance and prefers to keep his attention on his team.

"I don't check top 25's on Monday, I don't look at the standings," he said.  "It's always about us.  Just control what you can control."

McKay Remains among Nation's Best

The Cardinals standout two-way player continues to excel in all aspects of his game. 

The two-time John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year winner ranks 10th in the NCAA in on-base percentage, 20th in batting average, 19th in the among pitchers in strikeouts and 21st in ERA.

Hard to Beat at Home

U of L is proving to be one of the more difficult teams to beat for visiting squads.  The Cardinals have won 37 straight regular season home games at Jim Patterson Stadium. Since dropping a game to Virginia on Mar. 25 of last season, U of L has recorded sweeps over Virginia Tech, Clemson, St. John's, NC State, Boston College and Pittsburgh.

 Louisville has also won 30 straight regular season weekend series at home dating back to 2013

Up Next

The Cardinals welcome No. 17 Wake Forest to Patterson Stadium for a three-game set this weekend.  First pitch for Friday is scheduled for 6pm with Saturday and Sunday's contests slated for a 1pm start.

The history between the two programs started in 2015 and the Cardinals have yet to drop a game to the Demon Deacons.  Louisville is 7-0 all-time against Wake Forest, including a victory in last season's ACC tournament in Durham.  Louisville swept Wake Forest in their only meeting at Patterson Stadium.


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