The hope was that the season-ending trend of losing to Florida State would change in the ACC Baseball Championship, but it remained the same as the Seminoles downed Louisville 6-2 in the final game of play in Pool A.
The top-seeded Cardinals lost its final two games of the regular season to visiting Florida State and that struggled spilled over to Louisville Slugger Field on Friday afternoon. Playing in front of 8,843 most Cardinal-clad fans on a sunny afternoon, the U of L batters were unable to figure out the effective pitching of FSU starter Tyler Holton.
The Seminoles struck first, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning. A leadoff walk, followed by a double and aided by a pair of wild pitches led to FSU's first score. A second double of the inning plated another to give the 8th-seeded team a quick 2-0 advantage.
Louisville trimmed the lead in half when designated hitter Jake Snider, who connected for an infield single earlier in the inning, scored on a Josh Stowers groundout.
Florida State responded in the top of the fourth when another leadoff walk was followed by a pair of singles that resulted in a 4-1 lead.
Brendan McKay pulled Louisville within two with a solo home run that traveled 412 feet in the sixth inning, but the Cardinals were unable to get an closer.
FSU added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth.
Florida State starter Tyler Holton limited the Cardinals to just four hits - two by McKay - while striking out 10 with just one walk in eight innings of work.
Louisville starter Kade McClure dropped to 7-3 on the season after allowing four runs on six hits in 4.2 innings. He struck out six while walking four.
The Cardinals drop to 47-10 on the season and await NCAA Regional seeding. Florida State will face Duke in ACC semifinals on Saturday.