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CWS Title Not In The Cards For Louisville, Fall 4-1 to Texas


 

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Errors were too much for Louisville today as the Cards lose 4-1 and are eliminated from the College World Series. The Cards matched a season high 4 errors during the game including one by the normally unshakable Nick Burdi. It may as well been called NOmaha because the Cards just couldn’t get a lot going while they were there. Hats off to Texas for stealing our football coach this season then taking our soul in the CWS. Louisville finished the season with 50 wins and made it to their 3rd CWS (07,13,14)  since Dan McDonnells inaugural season in 2007. Still a great season for the Cards and with the majority of the team coming back for our first season in the ACC, it’s gonna be a blast. Thanks to @UofLBaseball for another great season.

Go Cards!

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Meet The Opponents: Vanderbilt Commodores


 

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Vanderbilt:

  • Located in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Mascot is a Commodore (which is a military ranking)
  • 2 time CWS participant, 6 time SEC champs
  • Head Coach Tim Corbin is 2nd in school history with 406 career wins

 

Famous Alumni/Attendees:

Al Gore

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Jay Cutler

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Skip Bayless

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Amy Grant

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Others: Dierks Bentley, David Price

*attendees included only because Al Gore never graduated and to make fun of Al Gore

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College World Series Schedule of Games


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For the second year in a row, the Louisville Cardinals have made it to Omaha for the College World Series. They will take on Vanderbilt this Saturday at 8 p.m., ET on ESPN2. The Cards and Commodores are building quite the rivalry in baseball, and this will only fuel that. If you remember, Louisville went down to Nashville last year and beat Vanderbilt, who was the 2nd overall seed, to advance to Omaha.

The way the College World Series works is similar to having two separate Regionals. There are two brackets of 4 teams each, and the two winners of those “pods” will play in a best of 3 series for the championship. So in one bracket you have Louisville, Vanderbilt, Texas, and UC Irvine. In the other, you have Texas Tech and the winners of TCU/Pepperdine, Maryland/Virginia, and Mississippi, Louisianna-Lafayette. Those games will be played today so the field will be set after that. Here is the schedule for this year’s College World Series:

Saturday June 14

3:00 p.m., ET – Texas vs UC Irvine

8:00 p.m., ET – Louisville vs Vanderbilt

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Video: Dan McDonnell emotional after Louisville advances to Omaha


This video was taken by the good folks over at thecrunchzone.com. It is Louisville Baseball coach Dan McDonnell speaking to the media after the Cards clinched their second straight trip to the College World Series. He gets very emotional. You have to love how real it is. I

My favorite part is easily when he says “It’s uncomfortable when people say I take these kids to Omaha. Because I don’t. They take me.”

Louisville Super Regional Dates & Times Announced


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The dates and times for the Louisville Super Regional have been released. After running through Kent St, Kansas, and Kentucky (Literally) the Cards advanced to their 4th Super Regional (2nd in 2 years) where they will play the Kennesaw St. Owls. The Super Regional will be a best 2 out of 3 format and the schedule is as follows:

(From Press Release)

“Friday’s Super Regional opener is set for a 6:30 p.m., ET start and will be televised nationally on ESPNU, while game two of the best-of-three series is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m., ET on ESPNU. If necessary, the deciding third game is set for Sunday at 6 p.m., on ESPN2 with the winning team advancing to the 2014 College World Series in Omaha, Neb.”

All games will be held at Jim Patterson Stadium so get out and support the Cards on to their second straight College World Series.

Ticket Info:

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Cards Are Super! Beat Cats 4-1


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PRESS RELEASE

CardsTV Video: Postgame News Conference with Dan McDonnell | Postgame News Conference with Louisville Players

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Matched against long-time rival Kentucky for the first time outside the regular season, the top-seeded Louisville baseball team continued its trend of postseason success with a 4-1 win in Sunday night’s NCAA Regional title game at Jim Patterson Stadium.

In a game delayed nearly four hours due to lightning and rain, the Cardinals (48-15) plated three runs in a pivotal seventh inning to win its fourth NCAA Regional in the last eight years under the direction of head coach Dan McDonnell. With the victory, Louisville will host an NCAA Super Regional for the second time in school history when the winner of the Alabama-Kennesaw State matchup in Monday’s finale at the Tallahassee Regional (noon ET) visits Jim Patterson Stadium. The best-of-three series will begin either Friday or Saturday with the complete schedule to be released by the NCAA on Tuesday.

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Playing Catch Up: Louisville Regional


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Ok guys, the regional starts tomorrow and I know you are all excited for the Cards to host their 2nd straight regional at the Jim. (maybe it will stick, maybe it won’t) There have been some changes, some updates for this weekend and I will attempt to catch you up on everything that you need to know about the specifics of the Louisville regional right here. First up: The Funk.

-Head coach Dan McDonnell announced yesterday that Sophomore righty Kyle Funkhouser will start tomorrows opener against Kent State. That game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. first pitch.

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-It has also been stated that Louisville ace Jared Ruxer will be unavailable for the upcoming weekend. The Junior from Indianapolis Lawerence Central is 7-1 this year with a 2.27 ERA.

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-Finally here is the Schedule, Parking, Single Game Tickets and Will Call Information for the Louisville Regional: (via gocards.com)

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Follow The #5 Baseball Cards In AAC Tournament Action Here!


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Just a quick heads up for CardNation. You can catch the 2014 AAC Baseball Tournament at the following website: http://theamerican.org/watch/?Live=81. Check the site for all game times throughout the tournament. The #5 UofL Baseball Cards have been hot the second half of the season and hope to continue that tear as they take on USF today and Rutgers tomorrow in pool play. Both games will be on the network and start at approx. 3 p.m. The title game will be held Sunday at noon. The Cards opened up the tournament with a 13-3 thrashing of the 8th seeded Memphis Tigers in a game that was ended by the mercy rule in just 7 innings. The website coverage includes post-game interviews with the winning coach and a player from the winning team.

Good Luck and Go Cards!

 

Baseball: Louisville opens American Championship on Thursday


Press release from UofL:

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Top-seeded and fifth-ranked Louisville will open the American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship on Thursday at 3 p.m., ET against No. 8 seed Memphis at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

The Cardinals (43-13, 19-5 American) will continue their Pool A schedule on Friday at 3 p.m., against No. 5 seed USF before concluding the preliminary action on Saturday at 3 p.m., against No. 4 seed Rutgers. The winners of Pool A and Pool B will advance to Sunday’s final, which will be televised at noon on ESPNU.

The top eight teams in the final regular-season standings qualified for the inaugural American Championship, which consists of an eight-team pool-play schedule. Teams in each four-team pool will play a round-robin set of three games through the first four days of the championship, with all 12 of those games carried on The American Digital Network. The winner of Sunday’s final will be the American Athletic Conference’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division I Championship.

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Louisville Baseball at No. 13 in USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll


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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville baseball team was ranked 13th in the USA Today preseason Top 25 coaches’ poll released on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Wednesday’s poll marked the Cardinals’ fourth top 20 preseason ranking in 2014. Earlier this week, Louisville was ranked 16th by Perfect Game and 20th by Baseball America, while last month, the Cardinals were tabbed eighth by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. The Cardinals have earned preseason top 25 rankings in seven straight seasons under the direction of head coach Dan McDonnell.

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Baseball America Ranks The Cards Recruiting Class In The Top 25


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The Louisville baseball program’s 2013 recruiting class was ranked 19th nationally by Baseball America, which announced its annual recruiting rankings on Tuesday afternoon. This is the fifth time in the last six seasons the Cardinals have signed a recruiting class ranked among the top 25 in the nation under the guidance of head coach Dan McDonnell and assistant coaches Chris Lemonis and Roger Williams. Listed below are some of the notes published by Baseball America published about Louisville’s 2013 recruiting class, which is on campus and recently completed fall workouts in preparation for the 2014 season. For the full recap of the entire Baseball America Top 25 Recruiting Classes, visit http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/college-recruiting-rankings-florida-ranks-no-1/. Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter at http://twitter.com/uoflbaseball and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ulbaseball. Click below for details on the 2013 class.

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Louisville Baseball To Host Two Fall Scrimmages This Weekend


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For those who love Cardinal Baseball, the Cards have fall ball games set for Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 after the Football Cardinals play FIU at home. Admission and parking are free.

Go Cards!

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UofL Baseball to play at Great American Ballpark!


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By Justin Renck:

The Louisville Cardinals and Cincinnati Bearcats will meet in the inaugural Reds Collegiate Invitational as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Great American Ball Park.

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UofL Baseball makes NCAA Tournament


Before Coach Dan McDonnell took over as head coach of the Cards, UofL Baseball had made the NCAA Tournament only 1 time in its history. Since McDonnell arrived, the Cards have now made the tournament 5 times in 6 seasons, and he has a record of 256-126 in those 6 seasons.

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UofL Baseball expects a big season


Hard to believe, but it is that time of year again: it’s college baseball season! And in 2012, the Cards have big expectations. They are ranked in several preseason polls, and are ranked as high as 15th to start this season. In Coach Dan McDonnell’s first 5 seasons with the Cards, they have missed the postseason only once, and that was last year, after going 32-29 on the season. So after their first disappointing season in 5 years, why are expectations so high? Well, UofL has 19 letterwinners returning, so there is experience coming back. Also, the Cards signed a recruiting class that the Collegiate Baseball newspaper ranked 11th in the country.

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