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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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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*

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

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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UofL Baseball Cracks Top 10 In USA Today Coaches Poll

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After starting the season 11-0, the third best start under Coach McDonell, the cardinals are up three spots to number 10 in the coaches poll. The cardinal 9 open ACC play this weekend with a series against North Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 6 PM on Friday – which is still dollar beer night at Jim Patterson. Get your tickets at http://gocards.com/sports/2015/3/26/GEN_2014010160.aspx.

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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Time Change For UofL Baseball’s Friday Game

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

TIME CHANGE: First Pitch for Friday’s Louisville Baseball Home Game with Youngstown State Moved to 2 p.m.

Cardinals and Penguins are slated for Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Online: http://gocards.com/news/2018/2/22/first-pitch-for-fridays-home-baseball-game-with-youngstown-state-moved-to-2-pm.aspx?path=baseball

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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.

Catching Up With The Cards

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Our new weekly series, catching up with the Cards, will help you keep up with all of your favorite former Cards. Our newest contributor, Brendan Holba, will give you the run down on every former Card that played Baseball at the University of Louisville. It is his first time blogging and we really hope you enjoy. Let’s Catch up with three Cards!

 

*Author’s Note
Players listed in order by the year they were drafted or signed as a free agent.
Justin Marks
The lefty from Owensboro, Kentucky completed the season in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization with the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers.  Marks pitched in the big leagues with the Tampa Bay Ray’s totaling 1.1 innings, surrendering 2 hits including a home run.  He did complete the outing with a strikeout and a walk.  In May, Marks was claimed off of waivers by the Dodgers and is currently a free agent heading into the spring.  His final line for 2017 at the AAA level:
8-4 with a 5.11 era,  in 75.2 innings he gave up 76 hits and 43 earned runs to go along with 71 strikeouts, 36 walks and a  .259 batting average against with a 1.48 whip.

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*Home Opener Changed For UofL Baseball*

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Louisville Baseball Home-Opener with EKU Moved to Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Expected inclement weather forces schedule change for Cardinals and Colonels

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Due to expected inclement weather, the 13th-ranked Louisville baseball team’s 2018 home-opener against Eastern Kentucky will be played one day earlier than originally scheduled as the Cardinals and Colonels will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.

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D1 Baseball Releases 2018 Preseason Projected Field Of 64

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College baseball is finally here! D1 Baseball released their preseason projected field of 64, and they have Louisville as a top 16 seed hosting a regional! You can see the complete breakdown below.

The Cardinals open up the season this weekend in Charleston and will be back in town to host EKU on Wednesday, February 21st at 3 PM. Be sure to get your tickets today!

Around the Bases: Opening Weekend

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The Louisville baseball team is set to begin its 101st season this weekend. Ranked as high as 13th in the Coaches Poll, the Cardinals will be looking to make their fourth College World Series appearance in six seasons. U of L is also coming off its fourth 50-win season in five years, and has also made five straight Super Regional appearances.

Here are some notes to get started for the 2018 season.

The Schedule

One of the most notable changes this season is that Louisville will begin charging admission to games this year. However, Louisville’s schedule will have a lot of quality opponents visiting Jim Patterson Stadium in 2018. The Cardinals will host top-ten teams like #3* Texas Tech, #6 North Carolina and #8 Kentucky, as well as #19 Virginia, #23 Indiana and Xavier (who lost to Louisville in last year’s Regional final). Single-game tickets, as well as flex plans for the home schedule, can be bought through GoCards.com.

U of L also has ranked road games against #5 Florida State, Kentucky and #14 Vanderbilt.

* – all rankings are from D1baseball.com.

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Sam Bordner Named Stopper Of The Year Preseason Watch List

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Bordner Named to Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List

Junior righty registered 0.41 ERA, three saves and 39 strikeouts in 43.2 innings last season

Online: http://gocards.com/news/2018/2/12/baseball-bordner-named-to-stopper-of-the-year-preseason-watch-list.aspx

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior righthanded pitcher Sam Bordner was named Monday to the preseason watch list for the 14th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I Baseball.

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Single Game Tickets On Sale For UofL Baseball

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

Louisville Baseball Single Game Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets priced at $10 for reserved chairback seats, $5 for general admission/berm seats

Online: http://gocards.com/news/2018/2/12/baseball-single-game-tickets-on-sale-now.aspx

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Single game tickets for 2018 University of Louisville baseball home games at Jim Patterson Stadium are on sale now through the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office.

Priced at $10 per ticket for reserved chairback seats and $5 per ticket for berm seats, single game tickets can be purchased online at GoCards.com/bsbtickets, by phone at 502-GO-CARDS or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m.

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UofL Baseball Television Schedule Announced

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

Louisville Baseball’s 2018 Television Schedule Announced

Cardinals will have 52 of 56 regular season games televised on ESPN platforms

Online: http://gocards.com/news/2018/2/9/louisville-baseballs-2018-television-schedule-announced.aspx?path=baseball

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball team’s 2018 television schedule features 52 of 56 regular season games on ESPN platforms, including all 30 Atlantic Coast Conference contests for the second consecutive season. The 52 regular season games slated for television coverage are the most in school history.

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UofL Baseball Previews Promotional Schedule For 2018 Season

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The rest of the schedule will be announced tomorrow!

Baseball To Host Red-White Scrimmage On Friday Afternoon

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The weather looks the best it has in months, get out and get your first look at the 2018 Cardinal 9!

Louisville to Host Red-White Baseball Scrimmage Friday Afternoon

First pitch set for 2 p.m., ET on Friday; Cardinals will also scrimmage Saturday at noon and Sunday at noon

Online: http://gocards.com/news/2018/2/7/louisville-to-host-red-white-baseball-scrimmage-friday-afternoon.aspx

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Sam Bordner Earns Preseason All-American Honor

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

Bordner Earns Preseason All-America Honor from NCBWA

Junior righty receives second preseason All-America accolade after registering 0.41 ERA in 43.2 innings last season

Online: http://gocards.com/news/2018/2/5/baseball-bordner-earns-preseason-all-america-honor-from-ncbwa.aspx

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior righthanded pitcher Sam Bordner received his second preseason All-America honor of 2018 after he was named Monday as a second team selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Last month, Bordner was tabbed as a second team preseason All-American by D1Baseball.

A native of Baltimore, Ohio, Bordner earned his first career All-America honor (NCBWA Third Team) last season after registering a miniscule 0.41 ERA, 2-0 record and three saves in 43.2 innings and 23 total appearances as a sophomore. He delivered scoreless appearances in 22 of his 23 outings in 2017, including all four NCAA postseason outings when he piled up 13 strikeouts and did not allow a hit in 10.2 innings in the NCAA Regional, NCAA Super Regional and College World Series.

The No. 13 Cardinals will open the 2018 season on Friday, Feb. 16 at noon ET against Richmond in the first of three games at the Charleston Crab House Challenge in Charleston, South Carolina. Louisville will also play The Citadel on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m., and George Mason on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. The 2018 home-opener at Jim Patterson Stadium for the Cardinals is set for Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m., ET against Eastern Kentucky.

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

Cardinals Picked To Finish Second In Atlantic Division For ACC Baseball By Coaches

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

February 6, 2018

ACC Baseball Coaches Pick Louisville Second in Atlantic Division

Cardinals enter 2018 having won three straight ACC Atlantic Division championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball team was tabbed to finish second in the 2018 ACC Atlantic Division race in a vote of the conference’s 14 head coaches, while Florida State was chosen as the favorite to win the division and conference championships.

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