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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.