Groan: Louisville baseball relegated to scrimmage action

A dull, lifeless performance in a game starting at 11 a.m. and attended by less than 300 people at the Durham Bulls stadium. The kind of game to avoided by any means possible.

Just a miserable outing, beginning to end.

NIck Bennett struggling despite three scoreless innings, and Louisville is eliminated from ACC baseball contention.

The University of Louisville baseball team managing only two hits against left-hander Dan Metzdorf in a 5-1 loss. The only run unearned, resulting from Boston College errors. Metzdorf, a senior, turning in a rare complete game for a college pitcher, his first during his four-year career.  

Louisville’s Nick Bennett, meanwhile, struggling again. Entering the game, he had given up 15 runs in his last 11 innings while losing two of three games. Despite holding Boston College scoreless in the first three innings, he was giving up three hits, two walks and losing the battle with the strike zone.

The Atlantic Coast Conference tournament has yet to provide a positive experience for the University of Louisville baseball team, having won only three games in their first five seasons in the tournament. Stunk even when the event was held in Louisville a couple of years ago.

The Cardinals will play Clemson on Thursday but they have already been eliminated, with Boston College winning two games in Pool A. The Eagles move to the semi-finals.

Bennett has 6-3 won-lost record this season but his best days may be behind him, especially when UofL is not putting up the runs. He needs to prove the observer wrong if Louisville is to have a shot in NCAA tournament action.

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.