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Fall Report: Louisville

Fall Report

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In just five seasons as a member of the ACC, Louisville has firmly established itself as the conference’s standard bearer, winning four regular-season titles in five years and posting a dazzling 109-40 aggregate mark in ACC play — that’s more conference wins than any other Power Five program in that span. Postseason success has followed accordingly, as the Cardinals have won six regionals in the last seven years, advancing to Omaha four times in that span. They reached the national semifinals in 2019, and they return so much talent that they’ll head into 2020 on the very short list of candidates to be preseason No. 1 for the first time in program history.

Some programs would prefer not to have that kind of bull’s eye on their chests, but Louisville relishes high expectations.

“We’re not afraid of it, it’s where you want to be,” said 14th-year head coach Dan McDonnell, the lead architect of this thriving college baseball superpower. “You can’t be afraid of that, you’ve gotta want that, hope for that, expect that. It doesn’t guarantee you anything, but it says a lot about where you are as a program.”

There’s plenty of reason to be excited about the 2020 Cards, but first and foremost is a truly elite pitching staff, which might very well be the nation’s best. …

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