LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following its fourth straight NCAA Super Regional appearance and a second straight ACC Atlantic Division championship, the Louisville baseball program kicked off its preparations for the 2017 season Monday with the announcement of the team’s summer baseball assignments.
The Cardinals have 18 underclassmen assigned to four different wooden bat leagues as well as the USA Collegiate National Team this summer. Rising juniors Devin Hairston and Brendan McKay are leading the way as they compete this summer with Team USA, starting with the team training camp on June 27 in Southern California.
Louisville will once again have a strong presence in the Cape Cod League with six players assigned to five different teams in 2016. Catcher Colby Fitch and pitcher Kade McClure will play for the Brewster Whitecaps, pitcher Lincoln Henzman will compete for the Chatham Anglers, pitcher Sean Leland has joined the Bourne Braves, outfielder Colin Lyman will play for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and outfielder Logan Taylor is assigned to the Orleans Firebirds.
The Cardinals have five players in the New England Collegiate League – pitcher Sam Bordner, infielder Daniel Little and catcher Zeke Pinkham are assigned to the Vermont Mountaineers and infielder Devin Mann and pitcher Adam Wolf are playing for the Newport Gulls. Louisville will have four players in the Northwoods League – outfielder Chris Botsoe and outfielder/catcher Austin Clemons are competing for the Green Bay Bullfrogs, infielder Drew Ellis is assigned to the Rochester Honkers and outfielder Josh Stowers is playing for the Madison Mallards. Pitcher J.D. Mundt will play this summer for the Albany Dutchmen as the only Louisville player in the Perfect Game Collegiate League.
Following the completion of the collegiate summer season, Louisville players will return to campus for the fall semester in late August to continue preparations for 2017. The Cardinals closed the 2016 season with a 50-14 record overall having reached the 50-win plateau for the fourth time in school history.
2016 University of Louisville Summer Baseball Assignments
USA Collegiate National Team
• SS Devin Hairston
• LHP/1B Brendan McKay
Cape Cod League
• C Colby Fitch, Brewster Whitecaps
• RHP Lincoln Henzman, Chatham Anglers
• RHP Sean Leland, Bourne Braves
• OF Colin Lyman, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox
• RHP Kade McClure, Brewster Whitecaps
• OF Logan Taylor, Orleans Firebirds
New England Collegiate League
• RHP Sam Bordner, Vermont Mountaineers
• INF Daniel Little, Vermont Mountaineers
• INF Devin Mann, Newport Gulls
• C Zeke Pinkham, Vermont Mountaineers
• LHP Adam Wolf, Newport Gulls
• OF Chris Botsoe, Green Bay Bullfrogs
• OF/C Austin Clemons, Green Bay Bullfrogs
• INF Drew Ellis, Rochester Honkers
• OF Josh Stowers, Madison Mallards
Perfect Game Collegiate League
• LHP J.D. Mundt, Albany Dutchmen