ACC Dispatches: Surging Cards AdvanceAt The Ballpark
DURHAM, N.C. — Louisville was lying in the weeds for much of this season. Now it will play for an ACC championship.
The Cardinals beat Pittsburgh 5-2 on Saturday afternoon behind a strong outing from Nick Bennett and another offensive outburst from Devin Mann. Louisville is now 43-16 overall with a 21-12 record against ACC foes, after starting the season 20-11 overall, 6-9 in the ACC.
“You know, I think when we were 20-11, we looked at the last three national champions and where they were at 31 games in, and they were 19-12, 21-10 and 20-11, and I remember telling our team, ‘Guys, I believe we’ve got a chance to win a national championship,’” Cards coach Dan McDonnell said.
McDonnell isn’t afraid to challenge his players, and that’s just what he did with this group, which had to replace a boatload of big stars from last year’s Omaha team.