#10 Louisville (38-16-1, 18-11-1 ACC) has clinched another ACC Atlantic Division title, following a series win over #12 Virginia 38-15, 17-13) on scores of 4-1, 7-16, and 11-3 this weekend.
Louisville also needed a series loss from #13 Notre Dame (33-12, 16-10), who led Louisville by mere percentage points entering this weekend. The Fighting Irish lost their series to #5 Miami (FL) (38-16, 19-10) on scores of 4-6, 5-0, and 7-16 on Thursday-Saturday. Louisville finished this weekend with a .617 win percentage in conference play to Notre Dame’s .593, clinching the division title as a result. The division title is Louisville’s fifth since beginning ACC play in 2015.
Louisville’s success has been defined by their outstanding offense, ranking fifth in batting (.306), fourth in both on-base percentage (.416), and total runs (475) entering today’s batch of games. Four Louisville players have hit ten or more home runs this season, including Dalton Rushing’s team-high 19 and Ben Metzinger’s 17; Cameron Masterman (14) and Ben Bianco (11) also have double-digit homers on the season. Eight of Louisville’s nine qualifying hitters have also logged ten or more doubles, and six are averaging .300 batting or better.
Louisville will begin its postseason run as the two-seed in the ACC Tournament starting next week, in Pool B with Georgia Tech and Pitt. Game times are still to be determined.