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Around the Bases: March 21, 2017


If nothing else for the Louisville baseball team, they continue to be consistent after the first month of the season.

It was another week, another four wins for the Cards as they push their undefeated streak to 19-0. The record is now the hottest in the program’s 100-year history, passing the 17-0 mark set by the 1957 team.

Up next, the Cardinals will make their road trips of the season, starting with tonight’s clash at Cincinnati. U of L will follow that up with a weekend series at NC State.

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Louisville Baseball Sets School Record For Best Start To Season


The No.1 ranked Louisville Cardinals baseball team continues on their hot streak to start the 2017 season by setting a school record for most wins to start the season without a loss. Behind 7 shutout innings from pitcher Kade McClure, the Cards fended off a furious late inning comeback against the Boston College Eagles, and went on to win the game 6-4. The win puts them at 18-0 on the season, which breaks the tie with the 1957 squad for best start to the season.

The Cards are ranked No. 1 in four major college baseball polls, and look for their second consecutive ACC sweep on the season when they face Boston College at 1pm tomorrow at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Around the Bases: March 15, 2017


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. 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 poll behind Florida State, Oregon State and TCU.

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Around the Bases: March 1st, 2016


Another week in the office for Louisville, as they went 4-0 during the week against Eastern Kentucky and Nebraska-Omaha. The four-game stretch pushed Louisville’s record at home to 40-3 in their last 43 games. For more information on last week’s games, be sure to check out the postgame recap on CSZ.

Up next, the Cardinals will finish their eight-game home stand against another in-state foe in Morehead State, then a weekend series against Eastern Michigan.

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Final Pitch: Louisville Sweeps Omaha and EKU Easily


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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Brendan McKay Named Pre Season Player Of The Year



Garett Wall

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior lefthanded pitcher and first baseman Brendan McKay was named Monday as the preseason National Player of the Year and as a First Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, while junior righthanded pitcher Kade McClure was a third team selection.

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


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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School Record Six Cardinals Receive NCBWA All-America Honors




LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville baseball team set a school record Wednesday with six players receiving All-America recognition from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, including five first team honorees.

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Louisville Powers Past Wake Forest in ACC Championship Opener

(Via @UofLBaseball & Garett Wall)

(Via @UofLBaseball & Garett Wall)

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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UofL Baseball Schedule & TONS Of Great Info From Garett Wall

Dan McDonnell


Garett Wall UofL Baseball SID

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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Recap Of Game 2: UofL Baseball 9 Wake Forest 2


Press Release

UofL Baseball SID Garett Wall

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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Eight-Run Inning Propels Louisville Past Indiana, 9-2


Press Release

Garett Wall UofL Baseball SID

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 4 Louisville baseball team erupted for eight runs in a decisive sixth inning while sophomore Kade McClure became the nation’s second 11-game winner with Tuesday night’s 9-2 victory against No. 27 Indiana at Jim Patterson Stadium.

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Around the Bases, May 17th, 2016


Welcome back to Around the Bases, where we are going to dial in as Louisville baseball is about to begin its anticipated postseason run.

It was another 4-0 week for the Cardinals, as Louisville finished with strong wins at Vanderbilt and swept NC State at home. The wins pushed Louisville (42-10) to a 15-7 record against Top 25 competition, and a staggering 32-1 home record this season. Kade McClure, Brendan McKay and Drew Harrington all secured wins to become the ninth, 10th and 11 pitchers to reach 10 wins in a single season. It’s also the first time in school history that Louisville has had three 10-win pitchers in one season (Louisville had two in 2013 with Jeff Thompson and Chad Green). Senior pitcher Kyle Funkhouser has also won 10 games in a season, posting a school-record 13 wins in 2014.

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#5 Cards Claim Battle Of The Barrel With 8-5 Win Over #7 Vandy



Garett Wall

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Junior Nick Solak had three hits and led a trio of Cardinals with home runs as the No. 5 Louisville baseball team remained unbeaten in midweek games with an 8-5 road victory over No. 7 Vanderbilt in the annual Battle of the Barrel on Tuesday at Hawkins Field.

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No. 5 Louisville Cruises to 7-1 Win Over Cincinnati

(Press Release: Garett Wall)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sophomore Kade McClure dealt seven strong innings while three different Cardinals had two hits as the No. 5 Louisville baseball team breezed past Cincinnati for a 7-1 win on Tuesday night at Jim Patterson Stadium.


The Cardinals (36-9) extended their winning streak to six games and improved to 29-1 at home this season. Louisville moved to 22-2 in non-conference games in 2016 while also winning its 12th straight against the Bearcats (21-23-1).


McClure, a righthander from Mentor, Ohio, allowed only one run on six hits and finished with four strikeouts with just one walk to move to 9-0 in his 10 starts this season. Tuesday’s outing marked the second straight week McClure has worked a career-best seven innings and the seventh time this season he has surrendered no more than one earned run in a start.

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Louisville Rallies to Beat Kentucky 7-6 (McDonnell & Hairston Interviews)


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.”

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Around the Bases, March 30th, 2016


Welcome back to Around the Bases, where we fill the gaps and provide you with your daily sustenance of Louisville baseball coverage.

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Around the Bases, March 25th 2016


(Photo Cred: Justin Krueger CSZ)

Welcome back to another edition of Around the Bases, where we cover Louisville Baseball from base to base, foul post to foul post.

After finishing off Wright State last Wednesday to reach a 10-game winning streak, the Cardinals dropped two of three in last weekend’s series at Miami (FL) with scores of 4-8 and 3-6 before winning 4-3 on Sunday to avoid a sweep. After dropping the series and falling to #8 in the Baseball America Top 25, they bounced back to win their first midweek road game against Purdue 9-4 on Wednesday.

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No. 2 Louisville Baseball Powers Past Eastern Kentucky 14-2


(Press Release via Asst SID Garett Wall)

Cardinals Power Past Eastern Kentucky, 14-2

Smith delivers two home runs, six RBI; McClure works five shutout innings in the victory

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 2-ranked Louisville baseball team registered its fourth straight double-figure scoring performance to open the season with Tuesday afternoon’s 14-2 win over Eastern Kentucky at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The Cardinals (4-0), who scored in seven of the eight innings they went to the plate on Tuesday, have scored 10 or more runs in the first four games of a season for the first time since accomplishing the same feat to begin the 1987 season. It is also the first time Louisville has opened a season with four straight wins while also scoring at least 10 runs in each game since the 1950 season.

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