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Louisville baseball not selected for NCAA tournament

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2021 will be remembered as a year of Selection Show disappointment for Cardinal fans.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: MAY 27 ACC Baseball Championship Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Thanks in large part to an RPI of 74 and a late season swoon that saw them drop 11 of their final 16 games, the Louisville baseball team has been left out of the NCAA tournament.

This marks the first time since 2011 that U of L has been excluded from the field of 64, and just the second time since Dan McDonnell took control of the program in 2007.

The Cards appeared to be poised to boost themselves into the field with a pair of wins at the ACC tournament in Charlotte, but a heartbreaking extra inning loss to Georgia Tech on Thursday appears to have sealed the team’s fate. Louisville ends its season with an overall record of 28-22.

Last team left out of the men’s basketball tournament, one of the last teams left out of the baseball tournament, wildly disappointing four-win season in football, men’s soccer finished three games below .500, hell even the women’s basketball team only met preseason expectations by advancing to a regional final after starting the year ranked in the top five.

Overall, pretty craptastic season of Cardinal sports. The good news is a chance to right all those wrongs starts up again in a couple of months.