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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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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

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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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.

Up next, Louisville (37-15) closes their regular season with a four-game homestand against Indiana and Notre Dame. Read the rest of this entry

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: 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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UofL VS WKU Baseball Game Moved

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

Louisville-WKU Baseball Game Moved to Wednesday at 5 pm ET

Inclement weather forces date, location change as Cardinals and Hilltoppers will now play at Nick Denes Field on WKU campus

Online: http://gocards.com/news/2018/3/19/louisville-wku-baseball-game-moved-to-wednesday-at-5-pm-et.aspx

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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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Logan Wyatt Named ACC Co-Player Of The Week

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville sophomore first baseman Logan Wyatt was named Monday as the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Co-Player of the Week.

The conference honor is the first for Wyatt, who shared this week’s recognition with Clemson’s Seth Beer. Miami’s Evan McKendry was selected as Pitcher of the Week.

Wyatt was 7-for-12 at the plate with a home run, three doubles, one triple and eight RBIs as the Cardinals went 3-1 last week with a series win over No. 13 North Carolina. Wyatt added seven walks and scored five runs while registering a 1.250 slugging percentage and .737 on-base percentage in the four games. After opening the week with four hits and five RBIs in a win over Morehead State, the Louisville native was 2-for-3 with a pivotal three-run double and scored the game-winning run in the 5-4 series-opening victory against the Tar Heels. Overall, Wyatt has a .309 batting average, seven doubles and 15 RBIs in 15 games this season for the Cardinals (14-1, 2-1 ACC).

Up next, No. 4 Louisville concludes its 14-game homestand at Jim Patterson Stadium with a two-game midweek series against No. 5 Texas Tech. The Cardinals and Red Raiders are set for Tuesday at 3 p.m., ET and Wednesday at noon.

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

Photo Gallery: Baseball vs. UNC (Game 2)

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The Louisville baseball team took down North Carolina 6-4 to move to 14-0 on Saturday. Shay Smiddy got the start and the win to move to 2-0 on the year. Smiddy pitched 5 innings and only gave up 3 hits. Justin Lavey went 2 for 3, while Devin Mann chipped in 3 RBI. The Cards look to finish the sweep and stay undefeated on Sunday.

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