The college baseball season is rapidly nearing a climax. Can’t put off going out to see the University of Louisville baseball team much longer.  U of L is 32-13 overall, the best startcoachmcd in Coach Dan McDonnell’s three seasons, including the 2007 College World Series team.

Nine games remaining, a crucial stretch with the outcome of the Big East Conference race and the Cards’ NCAA Tournament hopes riding on the results.

Sunday’s game against Villanova was rained out, depriving U of L of an opportunity for a three-game sweep (after wins of 10-4 and 9-2).  A win  would have trimmed league-leading South Florida lead to two games with six conference games remaining.

The Cards travel to third-place St. John’s this weekend for three games, and they conclude the regular season against South Florida the following weekend with a three-game series. USF is mentored by former U of L baseball coach Lelo Prado.

If USF sweeps Notre Dame this weekend and Louisville and St. John’s split their three-game series in any way, the Bulls would clinch the top seed in the Big East tournament in Clearwater later this month. If Louisville or St. John’s sweep their series, or if USF fails to sweep Notre Dame, first place is still in play in the final weekend of the season.

First, however, U of L will host Ohio State for two games, one Tuesday at 6 p.m., the second on Wednesday at Noon at Jim Patterson Stadium.  They journey to Western Kentucky on Tuesday, May 12 for a 7 p.m. game.

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By Charlie Springer

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