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UofL Freshman Pitcher Bobby Miller Earns Second All-America Honor

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PRESS RELEASE from the University of Louisville Athletic Department:

Miller Earns Freshman All-America Accolade from Perfect Game

Righthanded pitcher was 6-1 with 2.97 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 66.2 innings in 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville pitcher Bobby Miller received his second Freshman All-America honor for 2018 as the righthander was named as a First Team selection by Perfect Game on Thursday. Last week, Collegiate Baseball newspaper also tabbed Miller as a Freshman All-American.

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ULAA Board Of Directors Approves New Contract Terms For UofL Baseball Coach Dan McDonnell

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Nearly a week after turning down overtures from one of college baseball’s blue blood programs Mississippi State, the ULAA Board of Directors has approved new contract terms for baseball coach Dan McDonnell.

He has 8 years left on the current deal which shall remain the same. His base salary and incentives are where the change will occur. McDonnell will receive “incremental bumps” in each of these areas, according to UofL AD Vince Tyra. The details weren’t elaborated upon in the press release.

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Is Brendan McKay The Best Two-Way Player In The Minor Leagues?

Brendan McKay is the best collegiate baseball player of all time. Period. No questions asked. Scott Miller with Bleacher Report talks about how he is the next best two-way player and there is no end in sight.

UofL Baseball Summer Assignments

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Best of luck to these guys in their summer league assignments!

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following its seventh straight NCAA Regional championship appearance, the University of Louisville baseball program transitioned its focus to the 2019 season with the announcement of the team’s summer baseball assignments.

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Eight UofL Baseball Players Drafted In 2018 MLB Draft

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We here at Cardinal Sports Zone would like to congratulate all the UofL student-athletes selected in the 2018 MLB draft!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the third straight season, the University of Louisville baseball team had eight players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft as five Cardinals were chosen on the final day of the 2018 edition Wednesday afternoon.

Junior righthanded pitcher Riley Thompson was selected in the 11th round (338th overall) by the Chicago Cubs, junior righty Sam Bordner went in the 16th round (477th overall) to the Miami Marlins and junior righthander Liam Jenkins was taken in the 17th round (523rd overall) by the Cleveland Indians. Graduate righthanded pitcher Austin Conway was selected in the 31st round (918th overall) by the Chicago White Sox and junior righty Bryan Hoeing went in the 36th round (1,066th overall) to the San Francisco Giants.

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Coach Mac Confirms He Is Staying At UofL

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UofL finally gets a much deserved win over Mississippi State! Coach Dan McDonnell confirmed he had talks with Mississippi State but ultimately decided the powerhouse (I’ll say it if he won’t) he has built at UofL is where he wants to be.

*Cue sigh of relief*

Louisville Pitcher Bobby Miller Named Freshman All-American

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville righthanded pitcher Bobby Miller was named Wednesday as a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

A native of McHenry, Illinois, Miller completed his first collegiate season with a 6-1 record, 2.97 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 66.2 innings pitched and 17 total appearances, including nine starts. An All-ACC Third Team honoree and a member of the ACC All-Freshman Team, Miller pitched in the weekend rotation for the Cardinals in each of the final seven weeks of the regular season and opposing batters registered a .198 average against him this season. He started the ACC Championship title game and earned the victory against Kent State in the elimination game of the 2018 NCAA Lubbock Regional on June 3.

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Adam Wolf Drafted By The Tigers

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Adam Wolf was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 5th round as the number 135th overall pick. Congratulations to Adam and his family!

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Devin Mann Drafted By The Dodgers

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Devin Mann was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 5th Round as the number 164 overall pick. Congratulations to Devin and his family!

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UofL OF Josh Stowers Picked By Seattle Mariners In MLB Draft

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UofL OF Josh Stowers is now a member of the Seattle Mariners after being the 54th pick in the 2nd round of last night’s MLB Draft.

Stowers joins a long line of UofL baseball players drafted in the early rounds (there are 40 rounds in the MLB Draft); among them are Corey Ray, Brendan McKay, Nick Solak, and the Burdi brothers.

Stowers grew as a player at UofL. He went from being used as a pinch runner, pinch hitter, and occasional starter his freshman year to an everyday starter and rising star on a College World Series team his sophomore year.

As a junior this year, Stowers cemented his status as a star by becoming a heart of the order mainstay, a terror on the base paths, and an excellent defender in the outfield for Coach Dan McDonnell. While having power in his bat, Stowers was also able to hit for average. The speed he possessed was reminiscent of former Card Corey Ray.

Stowers was stellar this season batting .336 with 14 doubles, 4 triples, 9 home runs, 60 rbis, 36 stolen bases, and 72 runs scored. He also maintained a .980 fielding percentage with 146 put outs per gocards.com.

We at Cardinal Sports Zone congratulate Josh Stowers on his incredible Cardinal career and wish him the best in his Major League career.

Below is the press release from UofL regarding Josh Stowers.

Press Release from the University of Louisville Athletic Department: 

Mariners Select Stowers in Second Round of 2018 MLB Draft

Junior outfielder hit .336 with nine home runs, 60 RBIs, 14 doubles and 36 stolen bases in 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior outfielder Josh Stowers was selected 54th overall by the Seattle Mariners in the second round of the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday night. The selection marks the third straight season and the fourth time in the last five seasons the Cardinals have had a player chosen in the first two rounds of the MLB Draft.

A native of Westchester, Illinois, Stowers was an All-ACC First Team selection hitting .336 with nine home runs, 60 RBIs, 14 doubles, 72 runs scored, 52 walks and 36 stolen bases in 43 attempts this season. Stowers closed his third collegiate season by reaching base safely in 47 consecutive games, the longest streak for the Cardinals since the 2000 season. The 36 stolen bases in 2018 rank as the sixth highest single season total in school history. In his three-year career at Louisville, Stowers hit .323 with 60 stolen bases (eighth most in school history), 126 runs scored and 96 RBIs in 147 games played.

The 2018 MLB Draft continues Tuesday with rounds 3-10 starting at 1 p.m., ET, before concluding Wednesday at noon ET with rounds 11-40.

The Louisville baseball team concluded its 2018 season on Sunday night with a loss at Texas Tech in the championship round of the NCAA Lubbock Regional. The Cardinals finished with a 45-19 record overall after advancing to the final round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. Louisville also registered its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under head coach Dan McDonnell.

Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter at @UofLBaseball and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ulbaseball.

 LOUISVILLE BASEBALL AT 2018 MLB DRAFT

  • OF, Josh Stowers (Westchester, Ill./Mount Carmel HS) – 2nd Round – 54th Selection – Seattle Mariners

Louisville Eliminated in Final Game of Lubbock Regional

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After earning their way back into a rematch with host Texas Tech, the Cardinals’ 2018 season came to a screeching end with a 9-1 loss to the Red Raiders. Read the rest of this entry

Texas Tech Sends Louisville to Elimination Round With 10-4 Win

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Plagued by untimely pitching and going 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position, Louisville (44-18) fell short to Texas Tech (41-17) 10-4 in their 1-0 matchup in the Lubbock Regional of the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Read the rest of this entry

Offensive Blitz Gives Louisville 13-6 Win Over Kent State

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Entering this weekend’s NCAA Regional in Lubbock, Tx, one of the big stories for Louisville was if they could get the offense going to keep up with the teams in their pod (Kent State, Texas Tech, and New Mexico State).

Needless to say, Louisville came out hot and ready at the plate. The Cards (44-17) rolled to a 13-6 win over Kent State (39-17), keyed with ten runs in the first two innings. Logan Wyatt led the charge with two home runs for seven RBI; a grand slam in the first inning, and three more runs driven in on his homer to right-center field in the second inning. The seven RBIs by Wyatt matched an NCAA Championship school record, set previously by Chris Dominguez in 2007. It’s also Louisville’s 16th straight win in the regional round.

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Wolf, Wyatt Earn All-American Honors

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24 hours before the Louisville baseball team begins their NCAA Tournament run, a few players have earned accolades as 2018 All-Americans.

Pitcher Adam Wolf was named as a third-team All-American by Baseball America, while first baseman Logan Wyatt also earned a third-team All-American spot with Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Wolf finished the 2018 regular season with a 7-2 record, posting 105 strikeouts and a 2.26 ERA. Wyatt was among the team’s best hitters and a certain candidate for breakout player on U of L’s 2018 team, averaging .336 at the plate with 59 RBIs and walks each, as well as a team-high 22 doubles.

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Around the Bases: NCAA Regional in Lubbock

 

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Last week, Louisville made a solid run in the ACC Baseball Tournament, making it to the ACC Finals against Florida State. Louisville (43-17) defeated Wake Forest, Duke and Pitt before falling short to the Seminoles 11-8 in ten innings. This was the first time that Louisville made it to the ACC semifinals and finals since joining the conference in 2014.

Up next, Louisville begins NCAA Tournament play in Lubbock, Tx on Friday. The Cards are paired with host Texas Tech, MAC champion Kent State and WAC champion New Mexico State this weekend (Friday-Monday), with Louisville looking to make their fourth College World Series appearance in six seasons. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Baseball Earns #2 Seed in Lubbock Regional

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The University of Louisville baseball team will open the NCAA Tournament as the second seed in the Lubbock Regional, announced during today’s NCAA Selection Show. Read the rest of this entry

FSU Defeats Louisville 11-8 in ACC Tournament Finals

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Florida State scored three runs in the tenth inning, keyed by Drew Mendoza’s go ahead RBI double, to give the Seminoles (43-17) an 11-8 win over Louisville (43-17) in the ACC Tournament finals.

The loss by Louisville likely eliminates the 25th ranked Cardinals from potentially hosting a regional site in this week’s upcoming NCAA Tournament. It also leaves Louisville without a conference tournament championship since 2009, but it was their first appearance in the ACC finals since joining the conference in 2014.

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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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ACC Baseball Tournament Schedule And Seeds Released

 

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Best of luck to the Cardinal 9 in the ACC tournament

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The pairings and schedule for the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship were released Sunday morning and No. 5 seeded Louisville will begin its pool-play schedule Wednesday at 11 a.m., ET against No. 9 Wake Forest at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.

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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