So the Louisville Cardinals have certainly welcomed themselves into the ACC neighborhood in nearly every sport this season. Baseball has been no exception at all. After setting the record for most conference wins in an ACC season with 25, the Cards were rewarded on Monday afternoon when the regular season awards were announced.
Check out the awards. Just a little bit of Louisville flavor.
The ACC has released the bracket for the upcoming conference tournament that will begin on Tuesday in Durham, North Carolina. The Louisville Cardinals are the #1 seed and will play on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the winner of North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
The format of the tournament can be better explained from theacc.com release:
Tied at 5 in the 9th inning, the Cards scored three runs, including one on a squeeze play, to beat NC State 8-5. With the win, the Cards won every ACC series this season and set a record for the most conference wins in ACC history with 25.
The Cards continued their winning ways on Thursday by picking up another ACC win on the road against NC State. Here are the highlights. They are back at it this evening at 6:30 on ESPN3 and 93.9 The Ville.
The Cards wrapped up the Atlantic Division of the ACC on Saturday afternoon by beating Florida State, and here are the highlights.
Louisville baseball is rolling. The Cards have climbed their way up to a #2 ranking in the D1Baseball Rankings, which is the highest in school history. Last night was the rubber match of a three game series on the road at Clemson. After losing the lead and getting down 5-4, Louisville came back to win it 9-5, which you can see in the highlight video below.
Next up for the Cards is a rematch against Kentucky on Wednesday at 6:30 pm ET. The game will be in Lexington and can be heard on 93.9 The Ville.
It is always a good thing when any team from the University of Louisville beats the Kentucky Wildcats or Cincinnati Bearcats. On Tuesday, both happened as the 3rd ranked baseball team beat Cincinnati 6-2 and the softball team beat 17th ranked Kentucky 8-0. Both games were on the road.
In Cincinnati, freshman pitcher Sean Leland picked up the win for the Cards as he pitched 5.2 innings and gave up just one run and five hits. He is now 3-0 on the season. Once Leland was done, Robert Strader and Kade McClure combined for 3.1 innings without giving up a run to close out the Bearcats.
The Louisville Cardinals remain ranked 3rd in the country in the Perfect Game College Baseball rankings. They went 3-1 last week and that was highlighted by a series sweep of Wake Forest. The play that everyone is talking about from the series is Corey Ray’s steal of home to win the game and complete the sweep. Here is that play with Sean Moth on the call. The full poll is also below.
You don’t see this very often. Louisville’s Corey Ray stole home on Saturday with the game tied in the bottom of the 9th to give the Cards a 6-5 victory and sweep the series over Wake Forest. A walk-off steal?
There is never much downtime in the world of UofL sports, and as a fan, you have to love that. There is always something going on. Even if you are just a fan of football and basketball, there is still news in those sports these days. And if you are just a casual fan of all University of Louisville sports, this is the place for you. A quick summary of what is going on in all sports.
If you want to go more in depth and read details about certain stories, there are some press releases that will be linked here for you to do that. If not, you certainly don’t have to. You may not need a play-by-play of how the softball team did in their last game, but you are just curious what their record is and who they play next. That is what this is for. Here is your update in Louisville sports on Wednesday morning.
If you thought the end of basketball season meant the end of sports until football at UofL, you were WAY off. That reminds me of this, so why not throw it in there?
Saturday is a very busy day in University of Louisville athletics. Here is a quick rundown of what all is going on and how you can keep up.
*Football – The football team is holding a scrimmage today around 9:45 a.m.. Remember that all spring practices are open to the public. No word yet on if today will be held inside the Trager Center or out on the practice fields.
There is always a lot going on in the world of UofL sports. It is easy to just get caught up in men’s basketball this time of year, but there are plenty of other things going on. This is just a quick rundown of what is going on with the other teams. There will be links you can click on if you wish to read full press releases or recent stories from CSZ. If not, you will still have an idea of how the other teams are doing. Go Cards!
*At 23-6 they find themselves ranked 16th and 14th this week in the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll, respectively. They are still trying to get a double bye in the upcoming ACC Tournament. The last two games of the regular season are both at home, and they are tonight against Notre Dame (24-5, 12-4) and Saturday against Virginia (28-1, 16-1).
Another day, another couple of Louisville Cardinals earning ACC weekly honors. This time around it is baseball player Kyle Funkhouser and women’s basketball player Mariya Moore.
Funkhouser – ACC Pitcher of the Week
Kyle Funkhouser was named ACC Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Not only that, he was also named as a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The junior righthander gave up just one hit in seven shutout innings in Friday’s season opening 5-1 win over Alabama State. Funkhouser also added 12 strikeouts. He is now 19-4 in his collegiate career. Not too bad!
If you look outside, it is hard to believe that spring sports are underway for the University of Louisville. It is pretty obvious that the winter sports are in full swing. You probably know how the men’s basketball team is doing, and maybe even the women’s basketball team. I will quickly give you an update on how all of the sports teams for UofL are doing that are currently in action.
Click the links to read the full press releases from UofL.
*Men’s Basketball – After a home loss to NC State on Saturday, Louisville is now 20-5 and 8-4 in the ACC. Their next game is this Wednesday at Syracuse. They then return home to face Miami on Saturday.
Former UofL baseball player Chris Dominguez recently was called up to the San Francisco Giants, and got his first career hit in the big leagues yesterday, which happened to be a homerun. Dominguez was one of the best player for the Cards when they made their first trip to the College World Series back in 2007. Click the picture below to watch the video of his homerun.
The Louisville Cardinals baseball team has arrived in Omaha for the 2014 College World Series. They take on Vanderbilt this Saturday at 8:00 p.m., ET on ESPN2. Click here to see the full bracket.
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.