Louisville baseball remains No. 2 in polls

Bredan McKay hands off to reliever Lincoln Henzman after six innings of no-hit baseball Saturday.
Brendan McKay hands off to reliever Lincoln Henzman after six innings of no-hit baseball Saturday.

Drama seemingly hanging on every single pitch over the weekend.

The University of Louisville is No. 2 in the Perfect Game and the D1Baseball polls this week after a monumental weekend for Dan McDonnell’s program. From the valley of despair to absolute exhilaration in three days.

Perfect Game Poll
Perfect Game Poll

Louisville is behind only LSU in two of the most respected collegiate baseball polls, followed by the likes of UCLA, TCU, Illinois, Florida, Texas A&M, Miami and Vanderbilt. Florida State also remains among the top 10 after the series.

Freshman catcher Will Smith would hit his first collegiate home run in the eighth inning to give the Cardinals a 6-5 win and their 10th consecutive series of the season. A comeback propelled by a three-run home run by Nick Solak, tying the score at 5-5 in the seventh.

Quite a turnaround from the opening game when the Seminoles jumped on UofL’s Kyle Funkhouser for six runs in the first two innings en route to a 13-4 thrashing of the Cardinals in front of a crowd of 6,138.  One miserable night despite the record crowd.

Freshman Brendan McKay turning the tide, pitching a masterpiece on Saturday, throwing a no-hitter through six and a third innings. Reliever Lincoln Henzman allowing only hit in three innings in a 7-0 win, giving UofL its first regular season championship in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.