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Baseball Cards Encounter First Road Bumps Against Cincinnati, NC State

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Going into this past week, the No.1 Louisville Baseball Cardinals had set a school record for best start to the season, going 19-0. However, the Cards had yet to play a road game this season, and faced two equally solid teams in Cincinnati and North Carolina State on the road this past week. They finished the week 2-2 after dropping the game to Cincinnati as well as the series opener to NC State, but went on to and win the series 2-1, to put them at 21-2 on the season.

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Around the Bases: March 15, 2017

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With four more wins to enter St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a now 15-0 start, the Cardinals have finally reached number one in four of the six major polls. This is the first time the Cardinal Nine have reached the number one spot in their 100-year history.

Up next, the Cardinals look to not only retain their number one ranking, but reach their hottest start in the program’s history. U of L will open the week against Xavier, then have another ACC home stand against division foe Boston College.

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1. Cards Top Latest Baseball Polls

As Matt McGavic wrote on Monday, U of L has earned their first number one ranking in the program’s 100-year history. The Cards came in at the top spot on the Perfect Game, Baseball America, USA Today/Coaches Poll. D1baseball.com and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper did not have Louisville as their #1 team; the Cards were one point behind Oregon State in the CBN poll on Monday, while they were ranked fourth in the D1baseball.com poll behind Florida State, Oregon State and TCU.

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Around the Bases: March 7th, 2016

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As we roll into mid-March (and March Madness!), it seems as if the Cardinals have given up losing for Lent. U of L reeled off another four wins, the last two needing late game heroics from Devin Hairston and Jake Sparger, to push their undefeated mark to 11-0.

Up next, the Cards begin a stretch where they play five games in the next six days, starting with Tuesday’s road clash at EKU. Louisville will follow that up with another four-game home stand against Fort Wayne and begin conference play against Pitt.

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Final Pitch: Louisville Dials Winning Streak, Drama To 11

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Louisville baseball continues to go red-hot to start 2017, opening the season with ten straight wins after a sweep against Morehead State and Eastern Michigan.

For more stats from the Morehead State game, be sure to check out Matt’s recap from Wednesday.

Louisville Floors EMU 13-0 to go 9-0

The Cardinals began the series with a 13-0 shutout of Eastern Michigan, moving to 9-0 in the process.

The shutout marked the fourth time this season Louisville has done so. It is also the sixth time U of L has scored 10+ runs in their first nine games, and the second time where U of L scored 10+ while pitching a shutout. With four shutouts in their first 11 games, U of L is currently on pace to pass their record of 11 shutouts from last year.

Freshman Tyler Fitzgerald, who hit out of the nine-hole due to Brendan McKay’s absence, led the Cardinals with a 3-of-4 performance at the plate and an RBI double in the sixth inning. Devin Mann rebounded from a slow start to hit 2-of-3 at the plate. Colin Lyman’s RBI single in the seventh inning pushed the lead to 12-0. Drew Ellis also nailed 3-of-4 at the plate with two doubles, one of which had an RBI in the fifth that scored Mann.

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Final Pitch: Louisville Sweeps Omaha and EKU Easily

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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.

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Louisville Opens 2017 With Dominant Sweep

 

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Alabama State Stung By Louisville Bats

The Cardinals opened the 2017 season in style, as the Cardinals came away with a 7-0 win over Alabama State. The victory marked the Cardinals fourth straight in a season opener, and pushing Dan McDonnell’s record to 8-3 all-time in such games.

Brendan McKay had a solid 2017 debut at both the plate and the mound. McKay earned a victory with six shutout innings, and striking out nine in the process. McKay allowed the Hornets’ four hits in the game, but also went 2-of-3 at the plate with two RBI, including a home run in the fifth inning. Bryan Hoeing pitched three perfect innings in relief duty, earning the save while striking out two in the process.

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Summer Baseball Notebook

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, featuring rising University of Louisville juniors Devin Hairston and Brendan McKay, split its four games against Chinese Taipei last week while also withstanding Super Typhoon Nepartak, which made landfall in Taiwan on July 8.

In a series originally slated for five games, Team USA won games two (3-1) and four (3-2) while dropping games one (8-7) and three (3-2) before the deciding fifth game was cancelled in the fourth inning due to heavy rains and lightning. The two teams played on July 5-6 as scheduled before adjusting the slate with a doubleheader on July 7 in advance of the arrival of Nepartak. After successfully navigating the heavy rains and winds on July 8, the attempt to determine a series winner on July 9 was halted early because of inclement weather.

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Summer Notebook: Hairston, McKay Begin Summer Tour With Team USA

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The summer tour for the 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate Team, which includes rising Louisville juniors Devin Hairston and Brendan McKay, officially kicked off Monday with day one of training camp at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California.

Hairston and McKay are among 29 of the nation’s top collegiate underclassmen in Southern California for this week’s team trials, which began with an afternoon practice session on Monday. Team USA will play five games against teams from the California Collegiate League, starting today (Tuesday) at 1:30 p.m., PT against the Santa Barbara Foresters at Dodger Stadium. The USA Collegiate National Team and the Foresters will also play on Wednesday (June 29) at 5 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on the campus of UC-Santa Barbara.

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Trio Of Cardinals Named ABCA All-Americans

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville baseball team added three more All-America honors on Saturday as the American Baseball Coaches Association named sophomore pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay and junior outfielder Corey Ray to its first team and included sophomore shortstop Devin Hairston as a third team selection.

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Hairston Selected As Finalist For Brooks Wallace Shortstop Of The Year Award

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville sophomore Devin Hairston was named Tuesday as one of three finalists for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

The award honors the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented as part of the annual Night of Champions celebration on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas.

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2016 NCAA All-Louisville Regional Team

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2016 NCAA All-Louisville Regional Team
P: Drew Harrington, Louisville 
P: Kyle Funkhouser, Louisville
C: Will Smith, Louisville
1B: Danny Rosenbaum, Louisville
2B: Nick Solak, Louisville
SS: Devin Hairston, Louisville 
3B: Blake Tiberi, Louisville
OF: Troy Montgomery, Ohio State
OF: Ryan Fucci, Wright State
OF: J.D. Orr, Wright State
DH: Brendan McKay, Louisville
Most Outstanding Player: Brendan McKay, Louisville

Cardinals Advance To Regional Final With 15-3 Win Over Buckeyes

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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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Winning Streak Ends at 10 with No. 3 Louisville’s 5-3 Loss to Clemson

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DURHAM, N.C. – The third-ranked Louisville baseball team suffered its first loss of the 2016 ACC Championship and ended its 10-game winning streak with Friday’s 5-3 decision against No. 12 Clemson at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The Cardinals (47-11) fell to 1-1 in Pool B action at the championship with the loss, while the sixth-seeded Tigers (40-18) avenged their series loss at Louisville in April and moved to 2-0 this week. The second-seeded Cardinals will conclude their preliminary schedule against seventh-ranked and third-seeded Virginia on Saturday at 7 p.m., ET.

****Cards can still make title game with a win vs Virginia at 7pm and a win for Wake vs Clemson tomorrow morning at 11****

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Louisville Powers Past Wake Forest in ACC Championship Opener

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Cardinals set season highs with 17 strikeouts on the mound and four home runs at the plate

 

DURHAM, N.C. – Kade McClure had a career-high 11 strikeouts while Will Smith homered twice and drove in five runs as the third-ranked Louisville baseball team opened the 2016 ACC Championship with an 9-5 victory over Wake Forest on Wednesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

 

The second-seeded Cardinals (47-10) registered season highs in with 17 strikeouts on the mound and four home runs at the plate as they extended their winning streak to 10 games. In four games against the Demon Deacons (33-24), all in the last seven days, Louisville connected for nine home runs, the most for the Cardinals against any opponent this season.

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Devin Hairston: Accepts Invite To Team USA Baseball

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DURHAM, N.C. – Louisville sophomore shortstop Devin Hairston has earned and accepted an invitation to compete for a roster spot on the 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Hairston is scheduled to participate in the team’s training camp starting June 27 in Southern California and will compete for one of the openings on the final 24-player roster. Hairston is the second member of the Cardinals to receive the call from Team USA this spring joining sophomore pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay, who accepted a roster spot in March.

An All-ACC Third Team selection, Hairston started all 56 regular season games hitting for a .368 average with three home runs, 44 RBI, 13 doubles and 50 runs scored. The defensive whiz up the middle also leads the Cardinals with 27 multiple-hit games and enters the postseason on an 11-game hitting streak.

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UofL Baseball Schedule & TONS Of Great Info From Garett Wall

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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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No. 4 Louisville Closes Regular Season With Sweep At Wake Forest

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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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Recap Of Game 2: UofL Baseball 9 Wake Forest 2

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Harrington Leads No. 4 Cardinals in Series-Clincher Over Demon Deacons
Lefty works seven scoreless for 11th win; McKay goes 3-for-3, while Ray and Smith add home runs

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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Cards Defeat Wake 3-1 (Recap)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Shortstop Devin Hairston homered and drove in two runs while lefthander Brendan McKay won his fourth consecutive start as the No. 4 Louisville baseball opened its weekend series at Wake Forest with a 3-1 victory on Thursday night at David F. Couch Ballpark.

 

Thursday’s win by the Cardinals, combined with Florida State’s loss to Miami, clinched a second straight ACC Atlantic Division championship for Louisville (44-10, 20-8 ACC), which has won five straight regular season conference titles. The Cardinals are guaranteed one of the top two seeds in next week’s ACC Championship, which kicks off Tuesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.

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UofL Baseball Cards: Back To Back Atlantic Champs

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Ok, we didn’t win the division at home this year. Heck, we didn’t even win it during our actual game this year. The fact remains that UofL Baseball has won it’s 2nd consecutive ACC Atlantic Division title. The Cards are good, really good. If you read any of the stories that I have posted this week then you know I have gushed about how good they are. Best lineup overall I have seen and best all around pitching staff I have ever seen. Probably why they are leading the ACC in Pitching and Batting average at the moment. Miami is the only team that scares me in this tournament and knowing we will be on the opposite side gives me some peace. The Cards won game 1 3-1 behind another masterful McKay outing. He once again gave up 0 earned runs and Burdi recorded the save. His worst outing imo all year was because he only struck out 6. Devin Hairston homered, singled in the 2nd run and scored the 3rd. MVP of this game for sure. Game 2 will come to you tomorrow at 1pm and I expect game 3’s time to shift as well by what the announcers were saying tonight. The ACC conference tournament starts Tuesday and will be played in Cary, North Carolina. This is what we have waited for all year, the Road To Omaha.

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