Mike DeZarn, GoCards.com
On Tuesday night, the No. 2 Louisville baseball team’s six-game winning streak against arch-rival No. 10 Kentucky came to an end. The Cardinals (31-5) were defeated in a final score of 11-7 in Lexington, Ky.
"That starts with me," coach Dan McDonnell said. "I always talk about accountability, and I take responsibility for my coaching. I work with the infield and other aspects of the game, and we didn't start the game the way we needed to so I told our players it starts with me. And our guys are veteran enough to know that accountability is key for them as well."
Despite an 11-0 score at the end of the fourth inning, Louisville did not give up the fight. The Cardinals managed to score their seven runs in just two innings due to the efforts of Logan Taylor, Drew Ellis, and Josh Stowers. In the end, it was not enough.
"We take things from every game, good and bad, and certainly we can take things from that game as well," McDonnell said.
Always focused on the next game, McDonnell said Louisville will look to get back on track in a three-game home series against the Duke Blue Devils.
"When we start the game Friday we will have that 32 shirt hanging in our dugout," McDonnell said. "We spend the Fall and preseason talking about goals and expectations, but once the season starts we focus on each game. That's why we started that tradition of the shirt (signifying each win), and that is our whole focus."
Duke is struggling this season. The Blue Devils currently hold an overall record of 19-19 and 7-11 in ACC play. The Blue Devils are also 4-5 in away games so Louisville should be able to take advantage of that this weekend.
"We want to build our fan base to the point where every ACC weekend is a big weekend," McDonnell said.
The loss against Kentucky should not have too much of an impact on the Cardinals in the national rankings if they grab three victories over Duke. The first game against the Blue Devils begins at 6 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium.
"We are watching the weather and we may need to play a double-header on Friday," McDonnell said. "We will make the final determination tonight."