Around the Bases: ACC Tournament

The 2019 regular season wrapped up for college baseball last weekend, and Louisville was able to add on some solid wins before closing it out.

U of L got a road win at Indiana in 12 innings last Tuesday, and took a series win against Florida State to secure the ACC Atlantic Division title, the overall ACC regular season title, and the #1 overall seed in the ACC Tournament this week. Louisville closed the 2019 regular season at 43-13, the 12th 40-win season for head coach Dan McDonnell in his 13 seasons with the Cardinals.

The postseason begins tomorrow for the Cardinals and the rest of the ACC, as the ACC Tournament begins. Louisville will be the top-seed in the tournament and participate in Pool A, alongside 8-seed Clemson and 12-seed Boston College. The Cardinals will be looking to win their first ACC tournament since joining the conference.

The Polls

Poll This Week Last Week
D1Baseball.com 9 9
Perfect Game 10 10
Baseball America 10 10
NCBWA 10 10
Collegiate Baseball 7 7
USA Today 7 8

NCAA Tournament Outlook

D1baseball.com released their projected field of 64 on Tuesday morning, and as of right now, the Cardinals are projected to be the sixth overall seed in the tournament. It is one spot down from their previous #5 overall projection, but Louisville’s 3-1 week over RPI top 50 teams (#30 Indiana and #50 Florida State) has given their resume some big wins before the Selection Show next week.

Unless Louisville completely tanks in pool play by going 0-2 tomorrow and Thursday, the Cardinals should be looking at a potential top eight seed in the tournament next week. Teams like East Carolina, Oklahoma State, and Oregon State have a chance to break through and get a top-eight seed, but will need to win their conference and secure some top wins along the way to have a shot at it.

Notable News & Stats

Yesterday, six Louisville players were selected to the All-ACC team. Among them were Reid Detmers (first-team); Alex Binelas, Michael McAvene, Logan Wyatt (all second-team); Tyler Fitzgerald and Justin Lavey (third-team). Detmers also earned ACC Pitcher of the Year honors, the second time in four seasons that a Louisville pitcher won the award (Drew Harrington, 2016).

The reason for Detmers winning the award? He was simply sensational, earning the triple crown of pitching in the conference with 11 wins, 138 strikeouts, and a 2.42 ERA. The sophomore also struck out 11 on Thursday against Florida State, the eighth time this season that Detmers had 10+ strikeouts in a game. He would be the only Louisville player selected to the All-ACC First Team.

Alex Binelas earned All-ACC Second Team honors and was an All-ACC Freshman player, leading the Cardinals in home runs (13), and batting .327 with 12 doubles and 52 RBIs. He also had a great week against IU and FSU, batting 6-for-18 with 11 RBIs and three home runs (one against Indiana, two against Florida State on Thursday). Binelas also had an RBI fielder’s choice in the 12th inning that gave Louisville the 8-7 win over Indiana, scoring Tyler Fitzgerald to get the deciding run.

Logan Wyatt earned his second All-ACC honor in his career, being selected as a second-team player as a first baseman. Wyatt finishes the 2019 regular season with a .309 batting average, 11 doubles, career-high nine home runs, 50 RBIs, and 63 walks (six shy of the regular season record). Wyatt also finished last week with a .385 batting average and four RBIs, including a home-run during a 3-for-3 performance on Thursday against Florida State).

Danny Oriente batted an even .500 (7-for-14) last week against Indiana and Florida State with three RBIs. Oriente finishes the 2019 regular season leading the Cardinals in doubles (14). Against Florida State, Lucas Dunn batted .538 (7-for-13) with two doubles and two RBIs, and .421 for the week counting the Indiana game. Zach Britton hit two home runs during the Florida State series.

Pat Rumoro had a memorable senior week to cap off his Louisville career. The catcher had two RBIs in Saturday’s 11-0 win over Florida State, and earned a spot on SportsCenter’s Top Ten this week with a smooth deke at home to get the out.

The Opponents (Pool Play)

Louisville begins the ACC Tournament as the #1 overall seed and in pool A, facing #8 Clemson and #12 Boston College.

U of L came up short against Clemson earlier this season, losing two of three to the Tigers on the road. Clemson (33-23) finished the 2019 regular season with series wins over Louisville, North Carolina, Boston College, and Wake Forest.

Boston College (29-26), however, lost two of three to both Louisville and Clemson in the regular season. The Eagles would go on to finish the 2019 regular season with series wins over Florida State and Notre Dame, as well as non-conference wins over Holy Cross and Rhode Island.

ACC Tournament Breakdown

12 teams begin tournament play in four different pools (three in each pool). The pool breakdown is as follows:

  • Pool A: #1 Louisville, #8 Clemson, #12 Boston College
  • Pool B: #2 Georgia Tech, #7 Duke, #11 Notre Dame
  • Pool C: #3 NC State, #6 Florida State, #10 Wake Forest
  • Pool D: #4 Miami, #5 North Carolina, #9 Virginia

Plain and simple, the team with the best record in each of the four pools advances to the semifinals on Saturday afternoon (Pool A would play Pool D, Pool B would play Pool C). Below is a breakdown of the ACC Tournament and its pool play.

2019_ACC_Base_Bracket
Graphic Credit: ACC.com

How to Watch / Listen:

Louisville’s games in pool play will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, with the Cards facing Boston College and Clemson, respectively. Both games will be available on ACC Network Extra.

If the Cardinals advance to the semifinals, they will play the winner of the Pool D on Saturday at 1 p.m. on ACC Network Extra. The ACC Championship is on Sunday at noon, and will air nationally on ESPN2.

 

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