The Louisville Baseball Cardinals continued their dominant season by going 4-0 against Purdue and Georgia Tech this past week, and outscoring them 31-7. This now puts the number two team in the nation at 31-4 overall, and 15-3 in ACC play.
Last week, the Cardinals continued their momentum by taking three of four games, one against WKU at home and then two of three on the road against Virginia. The Cards currently sit at 24-3, with a five game homestretch coming up (including the anticipated rivalry game against Kentucky).
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1. Brief Recap of the Rivalry
Entering tonight’s game against their in-state rival, the Cards are 40-61-1 against the Wildcats, but U of L has won the last five games in the series. The last three games at Jim Patterson Stadium between UK and Louisville have included a 2014 NCAA Regional victory, as well as walk-off victories for the Cardinals in each of the last two seasons.
2. Cards a Consensus #2 in All Polls
U of L enters this week as the consensus #2 team in the country, only behind consensus #1 Oregon State in all six major polls. The Cardinals supplanted Texas Tech for the #2 spot in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, after the Red Raiders dropped two of three at Oklahoma last weekend.
Following a successful three-game stretch in Florida, the Cardinals returned home to start their 2017 home slate, beginning their eight game home stretch at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Louisville Destroys EKU 19-3
The week began with thunderous authority, as U of L downed Eastern Kentucky 19-3 in its home opener. The day was led by All-American candidates Devin Hairston (4-4, three RBI) and Brendan McKay (2-4, four RBI, HR).
Jake Snider also had a noteworthy play in the fifth. The freshman singled up to center field, but an error by the center fielder resulted in Snider making it back to home for an unearned score. Had the error not occurred, it would have been Louisville’s first inside-the-park home run in 12 years.
After McKay opened with a grand-slam in the first inning, EKU rallied to cut the deficit to 4-3 with an RBI single from Jacob Abbott in the second, and then two more runs in the third with an RBI bunt and a wild pitch. Louisville then went on a 15-0 run from the fifth to the eighth inning, led by a two-run home run from Drew Ellis. Logan Taylor had another stellar night, batting 3-of-4 with two RBI.
Bryan Hoeing earned his first career start for Louisville, striking out seven but allowing three earned runs on four hits. Rabon Martin would earn the win with three no-hit shutout innings and striking out three.
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.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Danny Rosenbaum connected for a pair of two-run homers and Brendan McKay had 10 strikeouts to lead the No. 2 national seed Louisville baseball team in a 15-3 win over Ohio State in Saturday’s NCAA Regional winners bracket game at Jim Patterson Stadium.
With their 21st consecutive win at home, the Cardinals (49-12) advance to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the fifth straight season and the seventh time in the last eight years. Ohio State (44-19-1) will face Wright State (45-16) in an elimination game on Sunday at noon ET and the winner will meet Louisville at 4 p.m.
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DURHAM, N.C. – The third-ranked Louisville baseball team enters the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship as the No. 2 seed and will begin its Pool B schedule against No. 10 Wake Forest (4-3 winner against No. 7 Duke on Tuesday) on Wednesday at 7 p.m., ET at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Following an off day, the Cardinals continue the week against No. 6 Clemson on Friday at 11 a.m., before concluding pool play against No. 3 Virginia on Saturday at 7 p.m. The two teams with the best records within their respective pools will advance to the title game on Sunday at noon with the winner earning the ACC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championship.
Radio coverage for all Louisville baseball games at the ACC Championship and throughout the postseason will be provided by 93.9 The Ville. Regional Sports Networks from across the conference footprint and across the nation will carry all 14 games on Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday’s championship game will be televised nationally by ESPN2. All games will also be available on ESPN3.
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Harrington Leads No. 4 Cardinals in Series-Clincher Over Demon Deacons
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Junior Drew Harrington twirled seven shutout innings while the offense connected for 15 hits as the No. 4 Louisville baseball team cruised to a 9-2 series-clinching road win over Wake Forest on Friday at David F. Couch Ballpark.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sophomore Kade McClure dealt seven strong innings while three different Cardinals had two hits as the No. 5 Louisville baseball team breezed past Cincinnati for a 7-1 win on Tuesday night at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The Cardinals (36-9) extended their winning streak to six games and improved to 29-1 at home this season. Louisville moved to 22-2 in non-conference games in 2016 while also winning its 12th straight against the Bearcats (21-23-1).
McClure, a righthander from Mentor, Ohio, allowed only one run on six hits and finished with four strikeouts with just one walk to move to 9-0 in his 10 starts this season. Tuesday’s outing marked the second straight week McClure has worked a career-best seven innings and the seventh time this season he has surrendered no more than one earned run in a start.
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