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
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.”
With all of the hype surrounding Game 1 of the Super Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium on Friday night, a couple of things may have gone unnoticed. The Louisville Cardinals had two more players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft! Jeff Gardner and Cole Sturgeon joined Nick Burdi, who was picked 46th overall on Thursday night by the Minnesota Twins.
Just less than an hour before the game started on Friday, senior Jeff Gardner was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 8th round with the 244th overall pick. Gardner is from Louisville and attended Whitfield Academy High School. He was the American Conference Player of the Year in 2014 as well as a Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American. Entering Friday night’s game against Kennesaw State, Gardner was hitting .326 with 9 home runs and 67 RBI.
During the game, Cole Sturgeon, a senior from Owensboro, Kentucky (Owensboro High School) was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the 10th round with the 314th overall pick. He started every game this season and has also made 24 relief appearances on the mound. Entering Friday night’s game, he was hitting .325 and also has had 18 stolen bases. On the mound, he is 3-0 with 1 save while posting an ERA of 2.06. In 35 innings, he has 34 strikeouts.
Stats from GoCards.com
The Louisville Cardinals baseball team is just 1 win away from reaching the College World Series for the second year in a row. In front of a record crowd of 5,351 at Jim Patterson Stadium, the Cards used a 3-run 8th inning to take control of game 5-3 and hand it over to Nick Burdi for the save. After striking out the first two batters of the 9th, the new Minnesota Twin gave up a single before getting a pop out to 3rd to end the game.
Louisville struck first in the 3rd inning on a Nick Solak single. The freshman wasn’t done just yet though. Kennesaw State scored 2 runs in the 4th to take a 2-1 lead. One of the runs came on a bang-bang play at 1st that was very close. The runner was called safe and a run scored on what would have been the 3rd out of the inning. The Owls would end up taking a 3-1 lead in the 5th.
This weekend, the Louisville Cardinals will take on the Kennesaw State Owls in the NCAA Baseball Super Regionals. The winner of the 3-game series will advance to the College World Series. We had hoped that information would be released tonight as to when the games would be at Jim Patterson Stadium. It now appears that the information won’t be released until Tuesday morning.
The series will begin either Friday or Saturday.
Louisville has been selected as one of 16 regional hosts for the 2014 NCAA Baseball Championship. The ticket information is listed below. If you want to order All-Session tickets, you can go ahead and do that by clicking here and placing your order.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ample free parking will be available for tonight’s Louisville baseball game against Kentucky in the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Green Lot south of Central Ave.
Shuttles will run from 4 p.m., ET through the end of the game to Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch for the No. 7 Cardinals and No. 19 Wildcats is set for 6 p.m., ET.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Due to expected inclement weather on Sunday, the Louisville and Samford baseball teams will conclude their three-game weekend series with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m., ET, at Jim Patterson Stadium and admission is free. The Cardinals opened the series with a 20-10 win on Friday afternoon in Louisville.
Official release from UofL:
Schedule Change: No. 10 Louisville Baseball to Host WIU for Tuesday Doubleheader
Expected inclement weather forces change in midweek schedule for Cardinals and Leathernecks
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Due to expected inclement weather on Wednesday, the 10th-ranked Louisville baseball team will host for Western Illinois for a doubleheader on Tuesday at 2 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Game two of the midweek series, previously scheduled for Wednesday, will now be played 40 minutes following the completion of Tuesday’s first game.
Please note that Tuesday’s game time is 1 hour earlier than previously scheduled.
Press release from UofL:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The ninth-ranked Louisville baseball team’s home game against Morehead State scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium has been postponed due to inclement weather.
The teams are working to finalize a date to reschedule the game and those details will be announced when they are determined.
The Cardinals will continue the week by hosting Toledo on Friday at 3 p.m., No. 17 Indiana on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., and Toledo again on Sunday at 1 p.m., Saturday’s Louisville-Indiana game will be preceded by an Indiana-Toledo matchup at 11 a.m., and admission is free throughout the week at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Photo courtesy of GoCards.com
Just another “Player of the Week” honor for the Louisville Cardinals! We also have a player on the weekly honor roll.
Press release from TheAmerican.org
Feb. 24, 2014 Baseball
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In a strong week across The American, players from Houston and Louisville again earned recognition for Weekly Awards. Cougars’ pitcher Tyler Ford was recognized as Pitcher of the Week, while Louisville infielder Zach Lucas was named Player of the Week. Ford is the second straight Houston hurler to win Pitcher of the Week, while Lucas follows teammate Jeff Gardner as Louisville recipients of Player of the Week.
Here is the schedule of events for Friday February 21, 2014. A lot of action going on in UofL sports, and even some home games if you can make it out!
|FRIDAY, FEB 21|
|Baseball||WESTERN MICHIGAN||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||3:00 PM|
|Softball||Northern Kentucky||ULMER STADIUM||3:00 PM|
|Softball||Eastern Kentucky||ULMER STADIUM||5:30 PM|
|Women’s Tennis||RUTGERS||BASS-RUDD TENNIS CENTER||12:00 PM|
|Men’s Tennis||VIRGINIA TECH||BASS-RUDD TENNIS CENTER||4:00 PM||Live scoring|
|Women’s Lacrosse||Old Dominion||Norfolk, Va.||6:00 PM||Live Stats|
|Swimming & Diving||AAC Championships||RALPH WRIGHT NATATORIUM||All Day||Watch Here!!!|
Press release from UofL:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The first preseason national poll was released on Friday and the Louisville baseball team will open 2014 in the same position it ended the 2013 season as the Cardinals were tabbed at No. 8 by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
After closing their record-setting 2013 season at the College World Series and earning a No. 8 national ranking in multiple national polls, the Cardinals will enter 2014 in familiar fashion. Friday’s national ranking marked the second straight year Louisville will enter the season with a Top 10 preseason national ranking after Baseball America pegged the Cardinals at No. 4 entering 2013.
Cal State Fullerton sits atop the Collegiate Baseball preseason Fabulous 40 and is followed by No. 2 Mississippi State, No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Oregon State and No. 5 Florida State. The Cardinals are the only American Athletic Conference squad in the Top 40, while 2014 opponents Indiana (No. 7) and Vanderbilt (No. 9) join Louisville in the Top 10.
|Date||Opponent / Event||Location||Time / Result|
|Homewood Suites Tournament hosted by The Citadel|
|02/14/14||vs. West Virginia||Charleston, S.C.||12:00 PM ET|
|02/15/14||at The Citadel||Charleston, S.C.||2:30 PM ET|
|02/16/14||vs. Delaware||Charleston, S.C.||10:00 AM ET|
|02/19/14||vs. EASTERN KENTUCKY||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||3:00 PM ET|
|02/21/14||vs. WESTERN MICHIGAN||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||3:00 PM ET|
|02/22/14||vs. WESTERN MICHIGAN||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||1:00 PM ET|
|02/23/14||vs. WESTERN MICHIGAN||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||1:00 PM ET|
|02/25/14||vs. EASTERN ILLINOIS||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||3:00 PM ET|
|02/26/14||vs. MOREHEAD STATE||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||3:00 PM ET|
|02/28/14||vs. TOLEDO||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||3:00 PM ET|
|03/01/14||vs. INDIANA||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||2:30 PM ET|
|03/02/14||vs. TOLEDO||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||1:00 PM ET|
|03/07/14||vs. MIAMI (OHIO)||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||3:00 PM ET|
|03/08/14||vs. MIAMI (OHIO)||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||12:00 PM ET|
|03/09/14||vs. MIAMI (OHIO)||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||1:00 PM ET|
|03/11/14||vs. WESTERN ILLINOIS||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||3:00 PM ET|
|Elementary School Day|
|03/12/14||vs. WESTERN ILLINOIS||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||12:00 PM ET|
|03/14/14||vs. SAMFORD||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||3:00 PM ET|
|03/15/14||vs. SAMFORD||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||1:00 PM ET|
|03/16/14||vs. SAMFORD||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||1:00 PM ET|
|03/19/14||at Indiana||Bloomington, Ind.||4:00 PM ET|
|03/21/14||vs. RUTGERS #||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||6:00 PM ET|
|03/22/14||vs. RUTGERS #||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||1:00 PM ET|
|03/23/14||vs. RUTGERS #||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||1:00 PM ET|
|03/25/14||at Western Kentucky||Bowling Green, Ky.||7:00 PM ET|
|03/28/14||vs. XAVIER||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||6:00 PM ET|
|03/29/14||vs. BUTLER||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||3:30 PM ET|
|03/30/14||vs. XAVIER||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||1:00 PM ET|
|04/01/14||at Kentucky||Lexington, Ky.||6:30 PM ET|
|04/04/14||vs. MEMPHIS #||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||6:00 PM ET|
|04/05/14||vs. MEMPHIS #||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||1:00 PM ET|
|04/06/14||vs. MEMPHIS #||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||1:00 PM ET|
|04/08/14||at Purdue||West Lafayette, Ind.||5:00 PM ET|
|04/11/14||at Houston #||Houston, Texas||7:30 PM ET|
|04/12/14||at Houston #||Houston, Texas||7:30 PM ET|
|04/13/14||at Houston #||Houston, Texas||2:00 PM ET|
|04/15/14||vs. KENTUCKY||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||6:00 PM ET|
|04/17/14||at UCF #||Orlando, Fla.||6:30 PM ET|
|04/18/14||at UCF #||Orlando, Fla.||6:30 PM ET|
|04/19/14||at UCF #||Orlando, Fla.||1:00 PM ET|
|Cancer Awareness Night|
|04/22/14||vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||6:00 PM ET|
|04/25/14||vs. CONNECTICUT #||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||6:00 PM ET|
|04/26/14||vs. CONNECTICUT #||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||1:00 PM ET|
|04/27/14||vs. CONNECTICUT #||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||1:00 PM ET|
|04/30/14||vs. OHIO STATE||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||6:00 PM ET|
|05/02/14||at USF #||Tampa, Fla.||7:00 PM ET|
|05/03/14||at USF #||Tampa, Fla.||6:00 PM ET|
|05/04/14||at USF #||Tampa, Fla.||12:00 PM ET|
|05/06/14||at Vanderbilt||Nashville, Tenn.||7:30 PM ET|
|05/09/14||at Temple #||Philadelphia, Pa.||3:00 PM ET|
|05/10/14||at Temple #||Camden, N.J.||12:00 PM ET|
|05/11/14||at Temple #||Camden, N.J.||12:00 PM ET|
|05/13/14||vs. INDIANA||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||6:00 PM ET|
|05/15/14||vs. CINCINNATI #||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||6:00 PM ET|
|05/16/14||vs. CINCINNATI #||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||6:00 PM ET|
|05/17/14||vs. CINCINNATI #||JIM PATTERSON STADIUM||1:00 PM ET|
|American Athletic Conference Championship|
|05/21/14||at AAC Championship – Day 1||Clearwater, Fla.||TBA|
|05/22/14||at AAC Championship – Day 2||Clearwater, Fla.||TBA|
|05/23/14||at AAC Championship – Day 3||Clearwater, Fla.||TBA|
|05/24/14||at AAC Championship – Day 4||Clearwater, Fla.||TBA|
|05/25/14||at AAC Championship – Day 5||Clearwater, Fla.||TBA|
|05/30/14||vs. NCAA Regional – Day 1||Campus Sites||TBA|
|05/31/14||vs. NCAA Regional – Day 2||Campus Sites||TBA|
|06/01/14||vs. NCAA Regional – Day 3||Campus Sites||TBA|
|06/02/14||vs. NCAA Regional – Day 4||Campus Sites||TBA|