Monthly Archives: April 2016
Basketball season is done. It’s over. The hypocrisy of the North Carolina Tar Heels playing in Monday’s championship game.. Ended in what will be the greatest championship finish for years to come. North Carolina on the salty end of it. Sure, we sighed with relief after Kentucky failed in the second round but the sting went away when the Villanova finished what they started and cut down the nets on Monday night.
In the meantime, April has revolved around America’s game in Louisville. Our university’s program has eyes on the prize and I think fans are itching; Omaha or bust.
Three reasons the Cards make their fourth College World Series appearance:
Coming off back-to-back CWS appearances, the highway robbery that kept Louisville from making a third straight in 2015, lets call it a chirp on the Card’s shoulders to get back with the 2016 roster.
🔴 Star Power
5% of the Golden Spikes watch list are on Louisville’s starting roster:
This award given the nations best amateur baseball player.
RF/LF Junior Corey Ray
Ray is hitting .333 with 11 home runs, 46 RBI, 31 stolen bases, 13 doubles and 40 runs scored.
2B Junior Nick Solak
Solak has a .455 batting average with one home run, 15 RBI, eight doubles and 28 runs scored.
P/DH Sophomore Brendan McKay
McKay has compiled a 7-1 record with a 2.15 ERA and 73 strikeouts in nine starts and 58.2 innings pitched this season.
At the plate, the lefty swinging McKay has a .316 batting average, three home runs, 11 doubles, two triples and 24 RBI while starting 36 games as a hitter.
From maneuvering the program through the toughest regular season schedule to aggressive base running night in and night out and comeback wins, head coach Dan McDonnell and the Cards are poised to score plenty and make a run into his 4th CWS in 9 seasons.
Follow the Cards and I to Omaha!
We hope you didn’t miss TODAY’S episode of the Cardinal Sports Zone show on ESPN 93.9 The Ville. Your host Steven Rummage & the social media guru Jeremy were there to talk all things Cards! Today we welcomed in Red Rage Dave (His new government name) and were all over a bunch of topics? How do we use the last scholarship for UofL Basketball? With Nanu announcing he got a draft combine invite, will there be 2 schollys? Can Lamar amass 1000 total yards in a game and why does Charlie keep getting Bobby’s credit on draft night? We went over all of this and more as we walked through the doors at 9:59 & 1/2 this morning.
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PRESS RELEASE (Garett Wall)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Paced by the ninth quality start of the season from lefthander Drew Harrington, the sixth-ranked Louisville baseball team completed a doubleheader sweep of St. John’s with a 6-5 win on Friday night in the annual Patriotic Game at Jim Patterson Stadium.
A junior from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Harrington recovered from a difficult first inning to surrender three runs on six hits with four strikeouts in seven innings to earn the win and move to 9-1 on the season for the Cardinals (34-9). After allowing three runs on four hits in the opening frame, Harrington bounced back to produce his sixth straight quality start (three or fewer earned runs in at least six innings) and win for the ninth time in 11 outings this season. He finished Friday’s outing by retiring 14 of the final 15 batters he faced, including a stretch of 13 straight from the third inning through the seventh.
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PRESS RELEASE (Garrett Wall)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Corey Ray blasted two home runs and Brendan McKay had a pair of RBI doubles at the plate while winning for the eighth time on the mound as the No. 6 Louisville baseball team earned an 8-4 victory over St. John’s in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader at Jim Patterson Stadium.
My freshman year at UofL I had a pretty neat experience. My first RA named Ronnie was a UofL transfer who played college basketball somewhere up north I believe and was very interested in playing basketball when we had free time. It was billed as a community building exercise but we were quick to realize that most of my floor at Miller Hall comprised of Speed School students in their first year or some people not interested at all in basketball.
On April 16th 2016, I took my son to Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium for the annual football Spring Game. The weather was absolutely perfect. Early reports from the local talking heads and many people around the program were that the attendance would likely eclipse the record of approximately 33,000. With the weather forecast being phenomenal, the rumblings of how Lamar Jackson had improved by leaps and bounds as a passer and the overflow of positivity from the victory over Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl, I too expected a record crowd. Read the rest of this entry
Here is another great video from @UofLFootball regarding Cards in the NFL. Enjoy!
Welcome to another edition of Around the Bases, where we anxiously await the NFL Draft and for postseason baseball to come around. Where do you think Sheldon Rankins will end up?
I’m gonna share some excerpts with you in a few about a column by Eric Crawford in a few about the NCAA NOA and a line of defense Coach P has been using in just a second. First I want to share some personal experiences I’ve observed first hand. There is the whole Coach P knew angle. You all know that I had a few friends that played at Louisville between 05-08. I went back to finish my degree at that time not only to get my degree but because they were going to school too. I was at Minardi Hall pretty much every day for 4 years. I seen foolishness attempted and it was all met with big consequences. One of my buddies was late to practice & ran on the treadmill for hours plus lost his playing time for months. He didn’t mess up again. The point being, there definitely is a fear factor going on at UL & it’s in a positive way.
Here is an excerpt from the article by Eric Crawford. (Click on excerpt for link to full article)
The closer we get to football season a few things start to happen. More new polls come out. (Don’t worry, we won’t show you the ken’s back yard pre-season top 25). The excitement starts to pick up. This year, more people beginning to talk about Louisville Football has been added into the mix. Which has also added to the excitement. We are currently planning a Clemson trip and I am looking forward to that immensely. Watson vs Jackson. Almost sounds like a presidential debate but trust me these two will not bore your pants off. Light them on fire maybe but not a bit boring. The entire ACC Atlantic for that fact has focused on Offense this Spring. Let’s take a look at a few teams and what they are focusing on according to Joedy McCrary from the Associated Press.
When the 2nd set of self-imposed sanctions the thing that people worried about after they collected their thoughts was: How will we recruit? I say after because when they were announced, people acted like they were unaware that these sanctions were coming down. We all assumed that reduction of scholarships, recruiting restrictions and a suspension for Coach P were on their way. (Side Note: When they announce Coach P’s suspension, do not repeat hysteria) Anyways, let me digress for a moment. We all wondered what the staff would do to make up for the things handed down. We speculated on them taking advantage of AAU tournaments in Louisville this summer as they would not have to travel at all which would aid them greatly restriction wise. Another thing that has seemingly aided them is the unexpected notion from their recruits of what Louisville is going through and the knowledge that it won’t affect them when they arrive on campus.
We hope you didn’t miss TODAY’S episode of the Cardinal Sports Zone show on ESPN 93.9 The Ville. Your host Steven Rummage & the social media guru Jeremy were there to talk all things Cards! Today we welcomed back our guy Marques Maybin. We were proud to also bring to you the one and only Damion Lee. Draft talk, one and dones, next year’s team & a very special story about the first time he spoke to Rick Pitino.
Welcome back to another edition of Around the Bases, where we look at what a spectacular week it was for the Cardinals.
It began on April 12th, when the Cardinals traveled to Lexington and beat rival Kentucky 9-6 for their fifth straight win in the rivalry.
When I first heard that Ja’Quay Savage was transferring to Louisville I was excited. I had seen his play on the field, seen some vine clips and most importantly knew he was the kind of guy that would flourish in a Bobby Petrino offense. He suited up for the Cards in 2015 and I was pumped. The season started and I waited and waited and waited for Savage to take control but something was not the same. Yesterday I stumbled upon an article by Matt Fortuna. Here is what Ja’Quay had to say:
The Softball team will host Syracuse at Ulmer stadium on Saturday (DH) and Sunday. The times for Saturday (4/23) games are 12:00 and 2:00. Sunday (4/24) the game is at noon. Saturday is a Pink Out for breast cancer awareness. Admission is free and its the last home series of the season. Get out there and cheer on the ladies.
There will be one last home game but you need tickets for this one. It’s going to be a packed house as the Cards play their last home game of the season vs. #11 Kentucky Wildcats. The Battle of the Bluegrass is a Red Out. Click here to get your tickets… https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/uofl/EN/buy/quickbuy/397