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.
-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.
-Finally here is the Schedule, Parking, Single Game Tickets and Will Call Information for the Louisville Regional: (via gocards.com)
Louisville Baseball’s Gardner Named American Conference Player of the Year/Others Achieve All AAC Team Honors
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Louisville senior outfielder Jeff Gardner was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and led a group of seven Cardinals earning All-American Conference honors at Tuesday night’s opening ceremonies of the 2014 American Conference Championship at Bright House Field.
A unanimous First Team All-American Conference selection, Gardner (Louisville, Ky.) hit .340 with eight home runs and 19 doubles while leading the league with 61 RBI and a .575 slugging percentage. With 54 starts this season for the top-seeded and fifth-ranked Cardinals, Gardner was chosen as an all-conference honoree for the third straight season (2013 All-Big East First Team, 2012 All-Big East Second Team) and will enter this week’s American Conference Championship with a .327 career average, 22 collegiate home runs and151 career RBI in 168 starts and 207 games played.
This year’s honor for Gardner marks the eighth time in the last eight seasons a member of the Cardinals has been selected as conference player or pitcher of the year. Gardner is the first player of the year for the honoree for Louisville since Chris Dominguez earned back-to-back Big East Player of the Year awards in 2008 and 2009.