PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball team added its third and highest preseason ranking Monday after D1Baseball placed the Cardinals at No. 4 in its 2019 preseason Top 25.
Last week, Louisville was ranked No. 8 in the Perfect Game Top 25 and was No. 9 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll released last month. 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.
Vanderbilt is No. 1 in the Perfect Game Top 25 and followed by No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Texas Tech, No. 4 Louisville and No. 5 UCLA. The Cardinals are among five ACC programs in the Top 25 joining No. 7 North Carolina, No. 13 Florida State, No. 20 Wake Forest 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. 4 Cardinals are scheduled to open the 2019 season against UConn (ranked 20th in the Perfect Game Top 25) 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 at GoCards.com, 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.
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