Around the Bases, April 27th, 2016

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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?

Going back to baseball, it was another disastrous road trip for Louisville. The Cardinals dropped two of three in their weekend series at Boston College, with their overall road record falling to 7-8. The Eagles got 6-1 and 2-1 wins on Friday and Saturday, including a walk-off RBI single on Saturday that clinched the series for Boston College. Funkhouser got the lone win in the series, a 6-2 victory on Sunday that gave the senior his school-record 30th career win. Danny Rosenbaum hit another home-run in Saturday’s loss, which was the 10th of his career.

Up next, the Cardinals return home for a five-game home stand against non-conference foes FIU, St. John’s and Cincinnati.

The Batting Order

  1. Funkhouser becomes the leader: With a win on Sunday, Kyle Funkhouser is now in sole possession of most career pitching records at Louisville (wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts). Funkhouser was also named one of ten finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, the second Louisville player in the last three years.
  2. Cold Night in Boston: After hitting a crucial home-run in the win against Kentucky, Corey Ray went without a hit in back-to-back games in Friday and Saturday’s losses to Boston College, the first time he has done so all season.
  3. Great hitting: As of today, Louisville currently has 10 players batting .300 or higher, and only Nick Solak and Colby Fitch have a .400 batting average or higher.
  4. McKay Continues to Be Consistent: Although McKay recorded a loss on Friday, the sophomore hit .333 during the weekend. McKay now has a 14-game hit streak and has reached base safely in 24 consecutive games, both tops among the team this season.
  5. Big Week for Devin Hairston: After having the walk-off single to beat Kentucky, Hairston added a home-run in Sunday’s win at Boston College. Hairston is now sixth in the ACC in batting average (.389) along with ten doubles this season.
  6. Kade McClure: A no-decision in Tuesday’s game against Kentucky keeps McClure with an undefeated record heading into today’s tilt against FIU. McClure currently leads the ACC in opposing batting average (.169).
  7. About FIU and St. John’s: The FIU Panthers enter the Louisville game today with a 20-22 record, winning five of their last eight. Among that stretch for FIU was a series win over #22 Florida Atlantic. St. John’s currently holds a 20-16-1 record, with, yes, a 2-2 tie at Southern Illinois on March 13th. The Red Storm will have a home game v. LIU-Brooklyn tonight before traveling to face Louisville this weekend.
  8. Players to Watch (FIU and St. John’s): C Zack Soria (FIU) and P Thomas Hackimer (St. John’s). Soria is a consistent hitter with a .333 batting average, including 4/11 with two doubles and an RBI in the series against Florida Atlantic. Soria is also second in stolen bases with nine and has caught 13 runners stealing base as well. Hackimer has statistically been one of the best relievers in the nation, with a .25 ERA along while holding opponents to a .097 batting average. Hackimer was selected as a third-team Preseason All-American by the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball, and was named the Big East Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
  9. How to Watch/Listen: The FIU game will start at 5 p.m. today due to possible inclement weather, with CardsTV airing all of the games today and this weekend. The St. John’s series will feature a doubleheader with games at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, with the finale at 1 p.m. on Saturday and radio coverage on 93.9 The Ville throughout the weekend.

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