Press release from the University of Louisville:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball team received its second preseason top 10 ranking on Wednesday as the Cardinals landed at No. 8 in the 2019 Perfect Game Top 25.
Last month, Louisville was No. 9 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper preseason poll. The Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in each of the last 12 years (2008-19) extending their school record streak. Louisville has also remained ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings – the longest such span in school history.
LSU is No. 1 in the Perfect Game Top 25 and followed by No. 2 Oregon State, No. 3 Vanderbilt, No. 4 UCLA and No. 5 Texas Tech. The Cardinals are among five ACC programs in the Top 25 joining No. 6 North Carolina, No. 14 Florida State, No. 21 NC State and No. 24 Clemson.
Last season, Louisville registered a 45-19 record overall after advancing to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. The Cardinals were ranked as highly as 23rd by Collegiate Baseball newspaper while also landing at No. 25 in the USA Today Top 25 and 27th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. Louisville registered its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under head coach Dan McDonnell.
The No. 8 Cardinals are scheduled to open the 2019 season against No. 20 UConn with a three-game series on Feb. 15-17 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida, the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers. Louisville’s home-opener at Jim Patterson Stadium is set for Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., ET against Eastern Kentucky.
2019 LOUISVILLE BASEBALL SEASON TICKETS
After one season of ticketed admission for all home games, the Cardinals are giving free admission back to the fans in 2019. Louisville’s 15 ACC games as well as non-conference games against UK and Vanderbilt will be ticketed events at Jim Patterson Stadium. All other non-conference matchups, including games against Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and Xavier, will have free admission.
The 2019 reserved chairback ticket packages, which include one ticket to each of the 17 ticketed games, are priced at $110 for adults, $90 for senior adults/youths and $90 for families of four or more. Season tickets for the Left Field Berm are also available at $50 per ticket. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here, by calling 502-GO-CARDS or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Complete details on 2019 UofL baseball tickets can be found at gocards.com/bsbtickets.
FOLLOWING THE CARDINALS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
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2019 PERFECT GAME PRESEASON TOP 25
1. LSU (39-27)
2. Oregon State (55-12-1)
3. Vanderbilt (35-27)
4. UCLA (38-21)
5. Texas Tech (45-20)
6. North Carolina (44-20)
7. Stanford (46-12)
8. Louisville (45-19)
9. Florida (49-21)
10. Mississippi (48-17)
11. East Carolina (44-18)
12. Baylor (37-21)
13. Arkansas (48-21)
14. Florida State (43-19)
15. Auburn (43-23)
16. Texas Christian (33-23)
17. Mississippi State (39-29)
18. Oklahoma State (31-26-1)
19. Michigan (33-21)
20. Connecticut (37-22-1)
21. NC State (42-18)
22. Georgia (39-21)
23. UC Irvine (32-24)
24. Clemson (47-16)
25. Coastal Carolina (43-19)
NEWS: Louisville Ranked Eighth in Perfect Game Preseason Top 25
— Louisville Baseball (@UofLBaseball) January 9, 2019