On Monday afternoon it was announced that the University of Louisville Cardinals earned the seventh national seed for the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament. Louisville was also named one of sixteen sites that would be hosting a regional next weekend on Sunday evening after the ACC Tournament had ended.
The Cardinals once again had a very stellar year under Dan McDonnell. They finished the regular season with a 46-9 record and were ranked 5th in the final polls of the regular season.
The Cardinals will be looking to redeem themselves from last years’s heart-breaking season-ending finale. It was the second year in a row that Louisville saw its season end in the super regional in one of the more excruciating ways imaginable. Louisville had a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 9th inning against UC Santa Barbara. Closer Nick Burdi, who was a first-round pick of the Chicago White Sox, had one of his worst innings as he allowed a single, and then gave up two walks, before watching the Cards season end on a walk-off grand slam to freshman pinch hitter Sam Cohen.
Louisville no longer has the flame-throwing closer, but as has become customary under Dan McDonnell, the program does have another top draft prospect who will look to lead them back to Omaha in Brendan McKay.
With the dominant McKay, and under the watchful eye of Dan McDonnell, the Cardinals will once again look for another magical run to the College World Series.