Louisville Baseball Eyes Third Straight Regular Season Conference Championship

USA TODAY Sports

The Louisville baseball team saw its 12-game winning streak snapped with a loss at Temple on Saturday, but the Cardinals still control their own destiny when it comes to claiming a third straight regular season conference championship.

With just three league games to play, the Cardinals find themselves deadlocked with Central Florida at 16-5 atop the AAC standings. A sweep of last-place Cincinnati at home this weekend will guarantee U of L at least a share of the league title, although UCF took two out of three from the Cards last month and would claim the top seed for the conference tournament in that scenario. The Knights will wrap up their regular season with a three-game set at seventh-place Connecticut.

Here are the full league standings as we begin the final week of the regular season:

SCHOOL CONF CPCT. OVERALL PCT. HOME AWAY NEUTRAL STREAK
Louisville 16-5 0.762 40-12 0.769 26-6 14-6 0-0 W1
UCF 16-5 0.762 32-20 0.615 23-11 9-9 0-0 W1
Houston 13-8 0.619 39-13 0.750 25-10 14-3 0-0 W6
Rutgers 12-8 0.600 27-22 0.551 18-4 9-18 0-0 W8
USF 10-14 0.417 25-26 0.490 16-16 7-10 2-0 L3
Temple 8-13 0.381 13-29 0.310 6-10 5-19 2-0 L1
UConn 7-13 0.350 23-27 0.460 5-6 17-18 1-3 L3
Memphis 7-14 0.333 26-26 0.500 16-10 10-16 0-0 L1
Cincinnati 6-15 0.286 22-27 0.449 13-9 9-18 0-0 W1

Before the series against Cincinnati begins, Louisville will host No. 9 Indiana on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in a game that will have NCAA Tournament ramifications for both squads. Both teams are in the thick of the race to host regionals on the tournament's opening weekend, and the Hoosiers have a great shot at being one of the tournament's eight national seeds.

You've got four chances left to catch (regular season) Louisville baseball at Jim Patterson Stadium, and each of those opportunities is going to come with a pretty significant game for Dan McDonnell's guys.

I'm loving this annual May/June tradition of being treated to big-time baseball in the Derby City.

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