Showdown in Charlottesville

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After an incredible 22-2 start pushed Louisville to No. 2 in the nation, the Cardinals will square off against No. 16 Virginia on the road this weekend. It's Louisville's toughest test of the season so far.

For Louisville, Virginia is its second-straight road series as the Cardinals took two of three games at NC State last weekend.

Game Times (weather permitting:

Friday: 6 p.m.

Saturday: 4 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m.

All three games will be televised on ACC Network Extra.


Virginia enters the weekend at 20-6 overall following a 4-2 win at VCU on Wednesday and 4-5 in the ACC after winning two of three against Duke last weekend. Last season, the Cavaliers were 38-22 and second in the ACC Coastal with a 19-11 record. Virginia closed its season after a 1-2 finish at the NCAA Charlottesville Regional.


Louisville holds a 5-2 advantage in the all-time series against Virginia, which began in 2015. Last season, the Cardinals won two of three regular season games with the Cavaliers before losing to UVA in the ACC Championship. In its previous visit to Davenport Field, Louisville swept a three-game series on April 4-6, 2015.


• Louisville entered the weekend as one of just two teams in the nation (St. John's is the other) ranked in the top 20 in the NCAA in both ERA (second) and batting average (13th).

• The Cardinals have won 36 straight regular season home games at Jim Patterson Stadium with the most recent regular season loss coming to No. 9 Virginia on March 25, 2016.• UofL has also won 30 straight regular season weekend series at home dating back to 2013.

• A season after setting a school record for highest fielding percentage (.978), Louisville has opened 2017 by committing just 18 errors in 24 games for a .980 fielding percentage.

• The Cardinals have allowed two or fewer earned runs in 16 of 24 games this season after accomplishing the feat in 36 of 64 games last season. They allowed two or fewer earned runs in 36 of 65 games in 2015, 40 of 67 games in 2014 and 36 of 65 games in 2013.

• Louisville has finished with 10 or more hits in 17 of 24 games this season.

• In nine ACC games, the Cardinals have a 2.00 ERA with 95 strikeouts in 81.0 innings of work. Louisville pitchers have surrendered just nine extra-base hits in those nine games.

• The UofL bullpen has a 1.77 ERA and 10-0 record with 105 strikeouts in 101.2 innings pitched while opponents are hitting just .165 overall.

• Louisville is 45-of-52 on stolen base attempts this season (11th in NCAA) after finishing 101-of-126 in 2016 (12th nationally). The Cardinals were fourth nationally with 127 stolen bases in 2015, second in the nation in 2014 with 133 and second in 2013 with 150.

• The Cardinals ended last season second in the nation in hits allowed per nine innings, third in hits, third in sacrifice flies, third in shutouts, fifth in ERA, sixth in batting average, sixth in doubles, sixth in slugging percentage, sixth in WHIP, ninth in runs scored, 12th in stolen bases, 15th in fielding percentage, 15th in on-base percentage, 15th in strikeouts per nine innings, 19th in home runs, 20th in scoring, 21st in strikeout-to-walk ratio, 25th in hit by pitch and 26th in triples.

• While at the helm in Louisville, McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to three College World Series berths, six NCAA Super Regional appearances, nine NCAA Regional bids, seven regular season conference championships, two conference tournament titles and 29 All-Americans.

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