What started as a pitcher’s duel ended up with Louisville blinking first. Singer delivered seven quality innings while striking out nine, as the Gators defeated Louisville 5-1.
Singer, who is listed as the top sophomore prospect on Perfect Game and Baseball America’s listings, showed his worth at the mound. The 6’5″ standout delivered a gem with seven innings, striking out nine and allowing one run on six hits. Louisville batters faced problems with Singer’s command all game long.
“Really, he’s got a tough angle,” Brendan McKay said. “And combined with the early shadows that we had … what I saw in the second inning was right when he released the ball that’s when the ball disappeared.”
“When you don’t have much to go off of, it’s tough no matter what,” McKay said.” “But he’s (Singer) got a funky little angle to him. He can spot up — obviously when you combine that with velocity and good offspeed pitches, as you see in any level, it’s tough to hit.”
The College World Series is set to begin, with eight teams vying for a coveted national championship.
For those that are attending in Omaha, or planning to watch the events unfold for the next ten days, here’s a primer for all eight teams remaining.
On Monday evening, Tavin Richardson tweeted out his top 8 schools. Richardson is a 6’3 and 200 lb wide receiver from Duncan, South Carolina and is listed as a 3-star prospect on the four major recruiting sites. Here is the tweet.
Richardson talked with CSZ Monday night about his list and what he likes about Louisville. He visited the Cards June 3rd on an unofficial visit and came away impressed. “The facilities, the campus, the offense they run, and how I can come in and play early,” Richardson told CSZ. Of the schools in his top 8, he has been to Louisville, Kentucky, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. He plans to still make trips to Florida, UCF, and attend a football game at Nebraska. As of right now, he doesn’t know where he will take any of his official visits.
Class of 2015
6’4 170 lbs
College List: Louisville, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida State, Missouri, Marquette, Kansas State, Clemson, and many more.
ESPN: 5-star player. 16th overall player in the country. 5th best shooting guard in the country. Top player overall in Florida.
Scout: 4-star player. 39th overall player in the country. 9th best shooting guard in the country.
247 Sports: 5-star player. 20th overall player in the country. 3rd best shooting guard in the country. 2nd best player in Florida.
Rivals: 4-star player. 29th overall player in the country.
Antonio Blakeney is definitely one for fans to keep their eye on. Although he has offers from all over the country, Louisville is absolutely in the mix for him. A couple of weeks ago, it looked like it was down to just Louisville and Florida. Then the Gators got a commitment from 5-star shooting guard Kevaughn Allen. His high school coach said at the time that if Blakeney had to choose then, it would have been Louisville. But he wants to take his time and go through the recruiting process, so we don’t know when he will make his choice.
It looks like Louisville could be a very realistic landing spot for 5-star (ESPN) shooting guard Antonio Blakeney from the class of 2015. Blakeney is 6’4 and 170 lbs from Orlando, Florida. It looked to be down to Louisville and Florida. With the commitment of 5-star shooting guard Kevaughn Allen to the Gators, it seems like the Cards should now be in the driver’s seat for Blakeney. After that news with Allen, Jerry Meyer (Director of Basketball Scouting for 247Sports) said this.
The last couple of weeks had the crystal ball predictions trending towards Florida. But now they are mainly favoring Louisville. Kentucky and Ohio State are also starting to get in the mix.
Here are how the major recruiting sites rate Blakeney:
With Georgia’s loss to Clemson in Week 1, the Cards jumped up 1 spot in both polls to #8. I must say I expected Georgia to be dropped to 8th and for Louisville to be stuck at 9. But I think since we not only won, but looked good doing it, that helped us get over the schedule hump for this week. Georgia actually dropped all the way to 12th in the USA Today poll after impressive performances by LSU and Florida State.
So if the Cards win this week against Eastern Kentucky, will they climb another spot? Let’s take a look at who the rest of the Top 10 have this week.
As we all know, if the Louisville Cardinals have any shot at the prestigious National Championship game, they will obviously have to go 12-0 and have teams in front of them lose a game or two. So with the Cards starting the season ranked 9th, I am going to take a look at the schedule for week 1 for teams in the top 10, just so you know what games to keep an eye on this weekend. I am using the USA Today Poll since that is the one that matters in the BCS formula.
By Justin Renck:
I am aware that these shirts are made up for both teams going into a big game, and that the shirts of the losing team usually get sent overseas to underprivileged people. But of course this had to be shared!
By the way, Louisville beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl! Just thought you may want to read that sentence. 🙂
This is the highlight video from the game from the great @CrumsRevenge from CardsandCats.com. There is another video coming soon, but this one is flat out awesome! Make sure you are following him and @UofLSheriff50 on twitter! Go Cards!
The Sugar Bowl coverage just can not be done yet. Here are the ESPN highlights, followed by post-game comments from Charlie Strong and Teddy Bridgewater!
By Justin Renck:
In this Sugar Bowl position preview, we compare the Quarterbacks for the Louisville Cardinals and Florida Gators. Our focus will be on the starters, Teddy Bridgewater and Jeff Driskel. Be sure to check out the videos at the bottom of the post too! Read the rest of this entry
Allstate Sugar Bowl
No. 21 Louisville vs. No. 3 Florida, Jan. 2 (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Why to watch: The Gators came within one victory of playing for an SEC championship and potentially a BCS national title. The Cardinals are coached by former Gators defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, who helped UF win two BCS national championships.
Who to watch: Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater showed his toughness by playing with a broken left wrist on his nonthrowing hand in the Cardinals’ 20-17 victory at Rutgers on Nov. 29, which punched their ticket to the Sugar Bowl. Bridgewater completed 69 percent of his passes this season for 3,452 yards with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Motivation for Louisville: The Cardinals can earn a lot of respect for the beleaguered Big East by upsetting a top team from the SEC.
Motivation for Florida: The Gators won 11 games in coach Will Muschamp’s second season and might be able to finish No. 2 in the final polls with another victory.
Pick: Florida 42, Louisville 17
By Justin Renck:
I was doing some browsing on Florida’s message boards and came across these comments from their fans. They really have no respect for the Cards! These came from their Scout.com website. They mention that Teddy will take a beating, and that this will be a boring game!
Here is the link on UofL’s website with all of the information you need about the Sugar Bowl. Tickets, fan events, Superdome info, and travel packages to New Orleans.
By Justin Renck:
Sports Illustrated senior writer Pete Thamel tweeted this “BREAKING: Northern Illinois vs Florida State is official in the Orange Bowl, according to a source.”
If true, that likely means what a lot of people have been wanting to hear. The Cards should be in the Sugar Bowl, and probably against the Florida Gators! There are plenty of story lines here!
The official BCS Selection Show is at 8:30 pm tonight on ESPN. That is when it will be 100% official, but it certainly looks that way!
USA Today released their final BCS projections. Of course the official announcements happen tonight, but it is always fun to speculate. Here is what they had to say about the Cards…
Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Louisville
Since the Sugar Bowl can’t get Alabama, the SEC champs, it’ll opt for the next-best thing in 11-1 Florida. The Gators will face Louisville, so we’ll get to see former Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong go up against his former team.
You can see the rest of their projections on their website.