The Louisville baseball team may have momentarily saved its season on Tuesday with a crowd-pleasing 15-10 win over Clemson in which multiple ACC tournament records were either tied or broken.
The Cardinals clubbed seven home runs in the win, setting a new ACC tournament record. The 11 combined dingers between the two teams were also the most in tournament history, breaking the old record of eight.
U of L first baseman Alex Binelas contributed the most to the record-setting afternoon, tying an individual tournament record by hitting three bombs. He finished the game 4-for-5 with six runs driven in.
Alex Binelas’ third blast was his most impressive.— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) May 25, 2021
There have now been 37 hone runs hit in this game. pic.twitter.com/ghF8wI4tuK
Binelas was one of three Louisville players to go deep more than once inside Charlotte’s hitter friendly Truist Field. Catcher Henry Davis belted a pair of long balls, as did designated hitter Ben Metzinger — who entered the day with no home runs and just four RBI for the season.
While Davis’ home runs were cool, this may have been the individual highlight of the game:
That’s what a potential No. 1 pick in the MLB Draft looks like, kids.
Tuesday’s victory was especially sweet for Louisville when you consider that the Cardinals entered the day 0-4 all-time against Clemson in the ACC tournament, and that four weeks ago the Tigers became the first team in a decade to pull off a weekend sweep of U of L.
Louisville now gets Wednesday off before returning to the field on Thursday for a 3 p.m. matchup against second-seeded Georgia Tech. Regardless of what happens in tomorrow’s game between the Yellow Jackets and Clemson, if U of L wins on Thursday, they will move on to the tournament semifinals.