Today the great leader of our nation, Card Nation that is, stepped up to bat (no pun intended) and gave coach Dan McDonnell exactly what he earned. Our Head Coach Dan McDonnell was granted a 10 year extension worth $1 million dollars a year in base salary. We talked about the significance of that deal earlier here. But at 1pm Tom Jurich stepped up to the podium and announced the extension followed by Dan McDonnell. Click below to watch that press conference
This morning we all received an email regarding a surprise announcement regarding UofL Baseball. It didn’t take a genius to figure out that days after it came out that other teams may be interested in him for UofL to pull the trigger on a 10 year $1 million dollar per year contract extension. The contract making Coach McDonnell the highest paid Baseball coach in Louisville history. It also gives him the highest base salary in the country. He unofficially made $435,000 this year compared to a 1.135 million dollar salary made by UCLA HC John Savage who went 25-30-1, 45-16 & 25-31 the past 3 seasons. (95-77-1). This may be the best team we have ever had so it is only right that we pay the best coach we have ever had like the big boys do. Congrats Coach Mac!
Here is footage from the presser today involving Tom Jurich after the NCAA Baseball Tournament field was revealed. The video was taken by CSZ Baseball correspondent Justin Krueger. Enjoy!
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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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Dan McDonnell has been named ACC Coach of the year by his peers after guiding the Cardinals to their 2nd straight ACC Division Championship.
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Brendan McKay and Danny Rosenbaum connected for home runs and Kyle Funkhouser won his fifth consecutive start as the No. 4 Louisville baseball team closed the regular season with a 9-3 road victory over Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon at David F. Couch Ballpark.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – On a day in which the Louisville baseball team honored its senior class of Kyle Funkhouser, Anthony Kidston and Danny Rosenbaum during a pregame ceremony, the fifth-ranked Cardinals received contributions from each them on the field in Sunday afternoon’s 6-1 win over No. 10 NC State completing a series sweep of the ACC foe.
Welcome back to another edition of Around the Bases, where we look at what a spectacular week it was for the Cardinals.
It began on April 12th, when the Cardinals traveled to Lexington and beat rival Kentucky 9-6 for their fifth straight win in the rivalry.
The saying usually goes “better late than never,” and that was the case as #3 Louisville beat #12 Kentucky 7-6 in a wild, thrilling comeback in front of 4,642 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium.
A week after Kentucky almost delivered a comeback against Louisville at home, the Cardinals came through with one of their own. Devin Hairston led the way as the Cardinals (30-7, 13-5) scored six runs in the final three innings to secure their fifth straight win over rival Kentucky (23-13). Hairston finished the night 3-for-5 at the plate with a walk-off RBI single that drove in a diving Colin Lyman to score the winning run.
“This team has a lot of fight,” Hairston said. “We have that type of confidence and swagger about us that no matter what the score is, we’re going to get the job done.”
Today is UofL Baseball media day. The #2 ranked Cardinals open up the season Friday at Jim Patterson Stadium in a 3 game series vs SIU Edwardsville. Instead of Re-Tweeting every single comment that was released I figured I would Tweet-cap it. Here you go! I hope you enjoy. (will update throughout the presser)
Louisville Coach Dan McDonnell and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista met with the media on Friday before the 2016 Leadoff Dinner. McDonnell talks about his team and the overall excitement heading into another season. The Cards are ranked #2 in several preseason polls.
Bautista talks about what he said to this Louisville team, his excitement for his upcoming season, and more.
Dan McDonnell and the Louisville Cardinals baseball team have been selected as the preseason favorite in the ACC for 2016, as selected by the league coaches. The full poll for each division is below.
According to CBS Sports, the Louisville Cardinals had the second best 2014-15 season in college sports behind only Ohio State. Five sports were rated: football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, and a “wild card” sport. According to the article, the wild-card spot went to the most successful among the school’s following spectator sports: softball, men’s lacrosse, men’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, wrestling, volleyball, women’s soccer or women’s gymnastics.
Here is a little more explanation of how this was calculated:
Man there is nothing like being a fan of the Louisville Cardinals. Thank you Mike (Crums Revenge); you have done it again.
Info from GoCards.com
*Miami-VCU is highlighted because the game had already started when I got the bracket photo.*
Saturday, June 6 | 11 a.m. ET
TV: ESPN2 (Watch) | Radio: 93.9 The Ville
Web: CardsTV Audio (Listen) | Live Stats: Gametracker
LOU: Jr. RHP Kyle Funkhouser (8-5, 3.25 ERA)
CSF: Jr. RHP Thomas Eshelman (8-5, 1.61 ERA)
I expect to see each and every one of you guys out there for the games this weekend!
The below is from GoCards.com
2015 NCAA Regional – Louisville, Ky. – Ticket Information
• Order online now, purchase here
• Available in-person or by phone starting Tuesday 9 a.m. ET
• Reserved Chairback: $70
• College Student: $45
• On sale starting Thursday 9 a.m. ET
• Available online at GoCards.com or in-person (no phone orders)
• Reserved Chairback: $15
• Berm/General Admission: $10
• College Student: $5
So the Louisville Cardinals have certainly welcomed themselves into the ACC neighborhood in nearly every sport this season. Baseball has been no exception at all. After setting the record for most conference wins in an ACC season with 25, the Cards were rewarded on Monday afternoon when the regular season awards were announced.
Check out the awards. Just a little bit of Louisville flavor.
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