Five straight road victories. Four straight home losses. Three straight ACC wins. If those first two numbers make sense to you, you are working on a another level than the rest of us.
That's what UVa has accomplished in the last two weeks as they head into this weekend's Saturday through Monday series against Louisville.
Having literally never played the Cardinals before, this will a new experience not only for the Davenport faithful, but the coaching staff as well. This is obviously the two programs' first ACC series against one another, but also the first ever meeting.
Historically, Louisville has not be considered a powerhouse, but the last ten years has been very kind to the Cardinals. Sicne 2007, they had made the NCAA tournament every year except 2011. That year must have angered them, because they followed it up by winning the Big East/AAC for the next three years and have made trips to Omaha in each of the last two seasons.
They have followed up those two College World Series appearances by amassing a 22-7 record, and are riding a bit of a hot streak having won 18 of their last 21, with the only losses coming to Ole Miss, Indiana, and Miami. Those numbers, along with an 11-1 record in ACC play, have allowed Louisville to climb to a #7 ranking in most polls.
Like UVa (most of the time), the Cardinals are lead by their weekend rotation that is one of the tops in the ACC. As a staff, they have a 2.61 ERA, and the top three have been just as good putting together a 2.62 ERA. They Cardinal pitchers have been even more dominant over the last two weekends holding Notre Dame and Georgia Tech to just 9 runs total.
The bats are nearly as good for the Cardinals who are batting .277 as a team, lead by Senior infielder Sutton Whiting who leads the team with a .382 average and .507 OBP (side note, with that name, why didn't he come to UVa?). The Cardinal offense also loves to get on the bases and move having attempted 71 stolen bases this season. They've come out successful on 54 of them.
This has the making of a great weekend of college baseball between two of the top teams in the ACC. Louisville was able to take two of three from Miami three weeks ago, but perhaps the cold got to the Hurricanes a little bit. If UVa's pitchers can limit their walks and keep Louisville off the basepaths, the Hoos could come out on top this weekend, but as we all have seen recently, that is easier said than done.