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Around the Bases: May 22nd

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Louisville finished the regular season with a 3-1 record last week. The Cardinals fell short to Indiana 9-5 in extra innings, but rebounded to complete a series sweep of Notre Dame (5-4, 5-0 and 10-7 wins last weekend). The wins extended Louisville’s streak over the Fighting Irish to 16 games in a row.

Up next, the Cardinals begin pool play in the ACC Tournament against #4 Duke and #9 Wake Forest. Louisville (40-16) will be looking to reach their first ever ACC semifinals berth, and win their first conference tournament since 2009.

News & Notes

With postseason play officially started, the ACC released its all-conference teams, and Louisville tied NC State with a league-high seven selections. First baseman Logan Wyatt (.332 batting, 55 walks, 22 doubles) and outfielder Josh Stowers (.335, 11 doubles, seven home runs, 32 stolen bases) earned a spot on the first team, while weekend pitchers Adam Wolf (6-2, 2.33 ERA, 96 strikeouts) and Nick Bennett (7-1, 2.12 ERA) were selected to the second team. Devin Mann and Danny Oriente were on the All-ACC Third Team, with freshman pitcher Bobby Miller also earning a spot there as well as the All-ACC Freshman team. As a team, Louisville baseball has placed at least seven players on the All-ACC roster every season they’ve been in the conference.

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Bennett’s Eight Inning Gem Delivers 5-0 Win for Louisville

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Nick Bennett delivered one of the best performances of his young career, pitching eight shutout innings as #25 Louisville (39-16) cruised to a 5-0 win over Notre Dame (24-27). Read the rest of this entry

Britton’s Walk Off Saves Louisville with 5-4 Win

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In a pinch-hitting role, freshman Zach Britton came off the bench and came up big for #25 Louisville. His walkoff hit to left field in the bottom ninth gave the Cardinals (38-16) a 5-4 win over Notre Dame (24-26) to start their weekend series against the Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame jumped ahead in the first inning. An error while trying to put out Matt Vierling resulted in a run scoring for the Fighting Irish, giving them an early 1-0 lead in the inning.

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NCAA Baseball Tournament Projections: May 17th

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After Louisville’s 9-5 loss to Indiana on Tuesday, the Cardinals look to finish their regular season with a weekend series against Notre Dame. #25 Louisville (37-16) then has one last chance to bolster their resume with the ACC Tournament next week, looking to win their first conference tournament since 2009.

Here’s a look at where Louisville currently sits in NCAA Tournament projections, and what they can do in the final weeks to improve their resume.

Where Louisville Currently Sits

D1Baseball currently has U of L as the #2 seed in Minnesota’s regional, along with the Washington Huskies (25-22) and Bryant Bulldogs (29-20-1). Baseball America also has Louisville as the #2 seed but heading to Georgia’s regional, paired with the Bulldogs along with the Troy Trojans (36-17) and Canisius Golden Griffins (28-20).

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Around the Bases: May 15th

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It was a perfect 5-0 week for the Cardinals last week. The Cardinals came back from an early 4-0 deficit to beat Wright State, then followed that up with an offensive explosion as they rolled to a 24-6 win over Cincinnati. Louisville then traveled to Pittsburgh and swept the Panthers on the road (6-3, 6-5, 8-5), giving them their first perfect week since mid-April.

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Around the Bases: May 8th

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The Louisville baseball team continues its late season run, going 3-1 last week that included an 8-4 win at #15 Vanderbilt. The Cardinals (32-15) also took two of three on the road at Boston College, winning the Friday (6-1) and Saturday games (11-3) before dropping the Sunday finale (2-1).

This week, Louisville prepares for a five-game tour in the next six days. The Cardinals host a pair of weekday games at home against Wright State and Cincinnati, before heading back on the road at Pittsburgh. Read the rest of this entry

Around the Bases: May 1st

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We are in the final stretch of the regular season, as Louisville baseball rolls on into May. Louisville finished last week with a 3-1 record, rallying from an early deficit to take a 5-4 win at home over in-state foe Western Kentucky, then took two of three in their weekend series against Indiana State.

Up next, Louisville (29-14) will be on the road exclusively this week, traveling to Nashville to face rival Vanderbilt, then going up north against Boston College.

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Oriente’s 8th Inning Heroics Push Louisville Past UVA

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Danny Oriente’s two-RBI single in the bottom eighth punctuated a 2-for-3 day at the plate as Louisville (26-11) rallied to a 5-4 win over Virginia (22-17) in a back-and-forth tilt between both teams.

The win pushed Louisville’s current winning streak to six games, and Oriente extended his hit streak to 11 games. In that stretch, Oriente is batting .513 (20-for-39) with 18 RBIs, and his streak is tied for the longest of any Louisville batter this season.

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Around the Bases: Mid April

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After a rough stretch against some of the top teams in the ACC, Louisville baseball rebounded with a 4-0 stretch last week. The Cardinals (24-11) came away with a 7-2 win at home against Northern Kentucky, followed by a sweep at Virginia Tech (3-2, 3-1 and 16-1 victories).

U of L returns home with an eight game home stand to close out April, starting with round two of their rivalry against Kentucky tomorrow night.

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Around the Bases: Early April

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After starting the season with a 14-0 record, the Cardinals have experienced significant growing pains against ranked competition. Louisville enters today having lost eight of their last 13 games, and are currently unranked on D1baseball.com after spending nearly five years as a mainstay in the polls.

The Cardinals will look to rebound against two ranked teams this week; Louisville travels to Lexington today for a big rivalry showdown with Kentucky, then hosts #8 NC State in a home series. It’s a big opportunity for a young Louisville team that has yet to get a ranked series win and is looking to reestablish some momentum.

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Around the Bases: WKU & Clemson

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After 20 games, U of L currently sits at 16-4, alternating between wins and losses in its last five games.

The Cardinals started 14-0, becoming the last undefeated team in Division I baseball for the second season in a row. They managed to take a weekend series against North Carolina and split the weekday series against Texas Tech (4-8, 7-4), but lost last weekend’s series at Wake Forest (1-2, 11-6, 3-6). They’ll look to rebound this week with a tune-up game at Western Kentucky, before heading home to start a pivotal weekend series against ranked Clemson.

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#4 Louisville Takes 7-4 Win Over #5 Texas Tech

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#4 Louisville (15-2) rallied from a 4-1 deficit after four innings to split the weekday series against #5 Texas Tech (16-3), beating the Red Raiders 7-4.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak and was Louisville’s first win against a top-five ranked opponent since April 2016, per Kelly Dickey. Texas Tech entered today’s game ranked #1 in the RPI, and as high as fifth in four of the seven national polls.

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Little’s 5-for-5 Day Puts Tech Over Louisville 8-4

 

 

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Grant Little’s 5-for-5 day with two doubles, one triple and four RBIs helped #6 Texas Tech (16-2) beat #12 Louisville (14-2) 8-4 in game one of their mid-week series.

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Louisville Takes UNC Series With 6-4 Win, Advances to 14-0

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Louisville used three runs in the third and fourth innings each, led by Mann’s RBI double in the third inning, as the Cardinals (14-0) remain undefeated with a 6-4 win over North Carolina (7-7).

Like in game one, the Tar Heels took an early lead after an RBI single from Kyle Datres. While Datres drove in two runs, he was tagged out trying to reach second, with Michael Busch’s groundout closing the inning after.

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Wyatt Leads Louisville to 5-4 Win Over UNC

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On a chilly night at Jim Patterson Stadium, #8 Louisville (13-0) held off #13 North Carolina (7-6) with a dramatic 5-4 win on Friday.

Despite allowing two early runs in the second, Louisville took the lead in the sixth with and held off multiple rallies by the Tar Heels to open ACC play with a victory. Logan Wyatt led the way with a 2-for-3 performance, driving in three RBI in the sixth and scoring the go-ahead run in the eighth on a wild pitch by UNC’s Cooper Criswell.

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Photo Gallery: Louisville Vs. Xavier

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Here are some photos from Louisville’s 6-4 win over Xavier.

Lavey’s Homer Powers Louisville to Eighth Straight Win

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Last year, Louisville sealed its birth to the NCAA Super Regional with an 8-7 win over Xavier. Though not as high-stakes as that meeting last June, both teams found themselves in a tight contest once again.

A go-ahead two-run homer from Justin Lavey in the seventh inning was the difference for #10 Louisville (8-0), as the Cardinals pulled out a 6-4 win over Xavier (3-5).

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Around the Bases: Entering March

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It’s still a long way to go before Louisville matches its 19-0 start from last year, but they have had an impressive run to begin its 2018 campaign.

Louisville (7-0) enters this week ranked as high as tenth (per Collegiate Baseball Newspaper), and remains undefeated after last weekend’s sweep of Youngstown State.

Stats & Trends

Devin Mann has had an impressive start to this junior season, tied for the team lead in batting average (.391) after seven games. He also leads the team in home runs (two), slugging percentage (.652), and his 14 RBIs currently put him in an eight-way tie for 12th in the NCAA.

Two newcomers that have been impressive in the opening weeks are outfielders Drew Campbell and Ethan Stringer. Both are averaging over .300 at the plate (.389 and .308, respectively), and had quality outings last week. Campbell finished 1-for-4 with three RBIs in Sunday’s win against Youngstown State, and is one of two qualified batters in Louisville’s lineup with a recorded triple. Stringer went 3-for-11 with four RBIs and two doubles in the series against the Penguins, and currently leads the team with four doubles. Though not a newcomer, Jake Snider also leads the team in batting average (.391) and stolen bases (five).

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Louisville v. EKU Photo Gallery

U of L Opens Home Slate with 4-2 Win Over EKU

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#13 Louisville (4-0) used a four run second inning, led by RBI singles from Devin Mann and Drew Campbell, to edge out a 4-2 win over Eastern Kentucky (0-4) in their home opener.

The win marked the 11th straight for Louisville in the series, extending their all-time record to 68-48-1 against the Colonels.

It was another game where Louisville allowed early runs in the first, but rebounded with a strong second inning. EKU’s Nick Howie drove in an RBI triple in the first, giving the Colonels an early 2-0 lead.

Louisville then responded in the second with a four-run outing. Drew Campbell drove in an RBI single to right field, with Devin Mann adding a two-RBI single of his own. In between, a bases loaded walk from Jake Snider added another run for the Cardinals.

It would be a quiet day for both teams, afterwards. EKU had opportunities late in the game, but couldn’t capitalize on them. Shay Smiddy worked his way out of the sixth and seventh innings with runners on base, while Sam Bordner closed the ninth with three strikeouts after allowing a lead-off single.

Tyler Romanik (2-5, one run) was the only Colonel batters with multiple hits in the game. Nick Howie finished 1-4 at the plate, with two RBIs on his triple in the first inning.

For Louisville, Devin Mann and Drew Campbell finished 2-for-4 at the plate, with Mann driving in two RBIs and Campbell landing one. Jake Snider also had a 1-for-2 showing at the plate, with an RBI and two walks. Ethan Stringer also recorded a hit in the game for Louisville.

Bryan Hoeing got the weekday start, after making an appearance in Friday’s win against Richmond. Hoeing allowed the RBI triple in the first, but finished five innings of work with three hits, four walks and two strikeouts. Shay Smiddy, Adam Elliott and Sam Bordner made appearances out of the bullpen, combining for four shutout innings. With Bordner’s shutout ninth inning, he has not allowed a run in 24 of his last 25 appearances.

Also of note, this was U of L’s first ticketed game of 2018. Attendance was 2,535 for the game, up 15% from last year’s home opener against EKU. The game was moved from one day ahead to Tuesday, due to possible inclement weather on Wednesday. One game won’t foreshadow any trends regarding attendance, but it’ll be an ongoing story as the season progresses.

Up next, Louisville will host a weekend series against Youngstown State. Friday’s opener is set to start at 3 p.m., with Saturday & Sunday’s game both starting at 1 p.m.