The recent good vibes surrounding the Louisville baseball team came to a brief halt this weekend with the Cards dropping games to Virginia on Saturday and Sunday that allowed the Cavaliers to head back to Charlottesville with a 2-1 series win.
The series triumph was the Cavaliers’ first over Dan McDonnell’s program since Louisville joined the ACC.
U of L appeared to have Sunday’s rubber match in hand heading into the final frame. Cardinal starter Bobby Miller had allowed just three Virginia hits and no runs, and needed only three more to secure a 1-0 Louisville victory.
After retiring the first batter of the inning, Miller allowed a one-out single. Reliever Reid Detmers -- the starter and winner Tuesday night against Kentucky — wound up allowing a two-out, two-strike double to UVA’s Alex Tappen that tied the game. Brendan Rivoli followed with a RBI single that wound up deciding the contest and the series.
The loss dropped Louisville to 26-13 overall and back under .500 at 10-11 in the ACC. Virginia is now 24-17 overall and 9-12 in league play.
Big picture wise, Louisville still has a manageable schedule ahead of it and a host of quality wins in its back pocket. As far as potentially hosting a regional, this was not a great weekend. Virginia is down this year, and winning at least two out of three would have been a nice way to keep the momentum of the last two weeks rolling.
The Cards are back at it Tuesday night when they host Western Kentucky at 6 p.m.