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Updated: 2017-05-29T12:11:58-04:00

 



Louisville earns the seventh national seed in next week’s baseball tournament

2017-05-29T12:11:58-04:00

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The Cardinals will now set their eyes on a return to Omaha.

On Monday afternoon it was announced that the University of Louisville Cardinals earned the seventh national seed for the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament. Louisville was also named one of sixteen sites that would be hosting a regional next weekend on Sunday evening after the ACC Tournament had ended.

Drew Ellis kicked off the Cardinal scoring the inning before with a solo home run, his 17th of the season. The redshirt sophomore belted two home runs when Louisville faced Northern Kentucky at Slugger Field back on April 26.

Devin Hairston provided all the offense U of L needed (or didn’t need) late. He served up a two-run single in the seventh inning and then a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the final frame.

All that is the good news for Louisville. The sort of bad news is that as far as advancing in the tournament is concerned, Thursday’s game meant absolutely jack for the Cards. With the way the event is formatted, U of L knew heading into Thursday’s game that win or lose, it would have to defeat Florida State on Friday in order to move on to the semifinals.

Four three-team pools with seeded tiebreakers make for a lot of “one result creates a de facto pool championship game two days later” scenarios.

The other bad news is that Florida State is the only team in the country to take a series from Louisville this season. The Seminoles took the first two games of last weekend’s regular season finale at Jim Patterson Stadium before the third game was rained out.

The Cards will look to right those wrongs Friday at 3 p.m. The winner of that game will face No. 9 seed Duke at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the tournament semifinals.

Sunday’s 3 p.m. championship game will be on ESPN2.