Recap: Cardinals Dominate Weekend in Florida
Three games, three wins. It was down to business for Louisville, as they swept their opening series in Clearwater, FL. The Cardinals emerged 3-0 with solid wins over defending SWAC champions Alabama State, preseason Big Ten favorite Maryland, and MAC East Division favorite Ball State.
For more information on last weekend’s series in Clearwater, here are some stats and results from the games.
Up Next: The Cardinals will make their 2017 debut at Jim Patterson Stadium with a weekday against in-state foe Eastern Kentucky, and a weekend series against Nebraska-Omaha.
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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Baseball season starts today, but before that, who doesn’t want to see a highlight of one of our recent stars from last year?
Jeff Nunn blessed us with a highlight video of former U of L outfielder Corey Ray, who was drafted fifth overall to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016. Ray finished his U of L career with a .318 batting average, 82 stolen bases (4th all-time in school history, and 27 home runs. Ray also added 133 RBI and 36 doubles as one of Louisville baseball’s greatest athletes of all-time.
Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell share some advise to parents who have a son or daughter who aspire to play at the collegiate level in this interview with The Travel Ball Dad. Dan is a great speaker and is always insightful. Thia is a great interview. Enjoy!
Via the magnificent and incomparable U of L Baseball SID Garett Wall, here are the up to the minute season statistics for the Cardinals as they get ready for #12 Clemson tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.
The #5 Cards completed the sweep of #10/12 NCST this weekend at the Jim. So what does this mean in the overall landscape of the ACC? What do the Cards have to do to win the division and/or conference? Let’s break each team down:
Miami: 40-9 overall 19-6 in the ACC (.760)
Louisville: 42-10 overall 19-8 in the ACC (.704)
FSU: 33-17 overall 15-8 ACC (.652)
- Miami swept Pitt
- Louisville swept NCST
- FSU lost 2 out of 3 to Duke and 4 straight before winning Sunday
The ACC will have a Thursday/Friday/Saturday end of the season since the conference tournament starts Tuesday, May 24th in Cary, NC.
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.
What an opening week for the Louisville baseball team. After starting the season with its highest ranking in school history and some very potent offense, the 4-0 Cardinals will face their first major test this weekend with a trip to Oxford, MS to face #21 Ole Miss. The Cardinals also have a Tuesday matchup v. Morehead State, who last year won the Ohio Valley Conference Postseason Tournament.
Pitching for the Cards
The Cardinals opened the season with some serious offense. The Cardinals swept SIU-Edwardsville in front of an opening record crowd with scores of 21-4, 12-0 and 10-1. They also earned a 14-2 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday, led by two home runs from Will Smith and a spectacular performance from outfielder Corey Ray (5/6, HR, 3B, 2 RBI).
The Batting Order
- Serious firepower: The Cardinals have started the season with four straight games of 10+ runs, the first time this has happened since 1987. (Stat courtesy of Louisville stats expert Kelly Dickey.)
- Still #2: The Cardinals maintained their #2 rankings across the board, still a program-high for the school. Also of note, the Cardinals’ combined 43 runs v. SIU-Edwardsville was the most for a weekend in the Dan McDonnell era.
- The star shines bright: OF Corey Ray was named ACC Player of the Week for his sensational performance over the weekend versus SIU-Edwardsville: 6/9, two home runs, seven RBI, nine runs and six stolen bases. Ray also went 5/6 with a home run in Tuesday’s win v. Eastern Kentucky.
- Walk the line: On Saturday, Nick Solak set a single-game school record with five walks in a 12-0 win versus SIU-Edwardsville.
- On the road: The Cardinals continue their season with their first weekend road series at #21 Ole Miss, followed by a home game on Tuesday v. Morehead State.
- About Ole Miss and Morehead State: Ole Miss completed a series sweep of FIU last weekend and notched a 4-3 win over Arkansas State yesterday. Morehead State completed a weekend sweep of NC-Central, including a 24-4 win on Saturday with a school record 29 hits. However, Morehead State lost 7-5 to #8 NC State on Tuesday.
- Players to Watch (Ole Miss): Errol Robinson and Tate Blackman. Robinson was tabbed as a preseason All-America by Baseball America and D1baseball.com, as well as an All-SEC Second Team shortstop. Second baseman Tate Blackman went 6/10 with 6 RBI and 6 runs scored in last weekend’s sweep of FIU.
- Players to Watch (Morehead State): Alex Stephens and Will Schneider. Third baseman Alex Stephens was named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week for his performance in last weekend’s sweep of NC-Central. The junior hit .429 with 5 RBI and also hit for the cycle in Saturday’s win over NC-Central, also going 3/3 with two doubles at NC State on Tuesday. Outfielder Will Schneider also added two home runs in last weekend’s series v. NC-Central.
- How to Watch/Listen: The series will open Friday at 5 p.m., ET at Oxford-University Stadium with radio coverage starting on 1450 WXVW and concluding on 93.9 The Ville. The series will continue on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., with both games slated for 93.9 The Ville. All three games will also be televised by SEC Network+ online through WatchESPN. Tuesday’s coverage vs MSU will be on 1450 WXVW.
In four days, the Cardinal Nine will return to Jim Patterson Stadium to open perhaps the most anticipated season in school history. With the Cardinals returning seven position players who started more than 30 games, as well as a veteran pitching rotation, the Cardinals look to return to the College World Series and claim its first title in school history.
Pitching for the Cards
To start the season, the baseball team held their annual Media Day on Monday. The Cardinals are starting with a #2 preseason ranking, the highest ever in the school’s history. Some notable highlights from the press conference:
- Dan McDonnell announced his opening weekend pitchers: Kyle Funkhouser (Fri.), Brendan McKay (Sat.) and Drew Harrington (Sun.)
- McDonnell also said that OF Corey Ray is planned to be the leadoff hitter, terrifying many pitchers in the process.
- Many players during the press conference noted that their goal this year was to win a national championship.
The dates and times for the Louisville Super Regional have been released. After running through Kent St, Kansas, and Kentucky (Literally) the Cards advanced to their 4th Super Regional (2nd in 2 years) where they will play the Kennesaw St. Owls. The Super Regional will be a best 2 out of 3 format and the schedule is as follows:
(From Press Release)
“Friday’s Super Regional opener is set for a 6:30 p.m., ET start and will be televised nationally on ESPNU, while game two of the best-of-three series is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m., ET on ESPNU. If necessary, the deciding third game is set for Sunday at 6 p.m., on ESPN2 with the winning team advancing to the 2014 College World Series in Omaha, Neb.”
All games will be held at Jim Patterson Stadium so get out and support the Cards on to their second straight College World Series.
Today at approx. 4pm on ESPNU, the baseball Cards will take the field against either Kansas or Uk. The Cards defeated Kansas 6-3 in the regional game yesterday and by doing so earn a berth to the finals. Kentucky however has had the Cards number this season winning 8-3 in Lexington and beating the Cards at home 4-2. I believe Kansas will get it going late and win. The Cards will not be facing either teams ace as they were both used yesterday. If the winner of KU/uk defeats the Cards tonight, there will be a final game tomorrow night at 7 at Jim Patterson Stadium. Tickets are cheap so go fill up this magnificent ballpark.
For the Cards to defeat Kansas tonight they will need to execute on defense better. The Cards seemed to struggle yesterday a little with errors, mistakes which loaded the bases at least three times for Kansas yesterday. Even though most think we would have won by more if Kidston was taken out, he improved to 8-0 with the win and showed great resolve despite his mistakes. No offense to the Kansas team, I have friends who follow them for media purposes, but if they were a decent hitting team we would have lost yesterday. For the Cards to beat uk tonight they will have to rely on keeping the ball in the park. Whereas UL is a great small-ball team, uk is a great long-ball team. The Cards gave up 0 HR’s yesterday so that will be key to repeat again tonight. Win or lose the Cards should be ok as Funkhouser would take the mound tomorrow night if the cards are beaten. The Cards will host Super Regional action if they win this regional. Stay tuned to CSZ for times and dates as they become available.
This is the Cardinal week in review 4/14/14:
First off, this is the first week without 55 in several months but we had a ton of news. We did see our first edition of 4YourInfo by Daryl though. From TrezL to the road sweep of then #7 Houston, here is the week in review.
MontrezL HarreLL has decided to come back for his Junior year. That makes us happy. Wayne Blackshear wiLL NOT leave and both wiLL be captains for next season. I beLieve once Chris announces his intentions that he wiLL aLso be named captain. Here’s every dunk from trezL this year…P.S. I know aLL the L’s don’t need to be capitaLized but who’s gonna stop meL?
Read what Steve had to say here
Tonight at 8pm on ESPN2, then from 9-10:30 on ESPNU the 2014 WNBA Draft will be held. Shoni Schimmel was one of only 12 people to be invited to the draft meaning she should be a first rounder. All Seniors from this class are eligible for the draft.
This week…..on 55…..
We prepare for what is a very special week here at CSZ, our two year anniversary on Wednesday. We have went through highs and lows, team members and a little adversity. One thing that hasn’t changed is the core of this group and that we are awesome. We added rising star Daryl Foust in mid 2013 and expect a huge 2014 out of her. We have a lot of things to be proud of at CSZ and I’m proud we made it to 2014. I promise that we will continue to entertain you and that I will continue to write 55 until I have nothing left to say……..Sorry waiting for pigs to fly. Once again I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week.
1) On Saturday students at FIU dressed in crew wear and shouted Teddy sucks before tipoff……
2) They know this is basketball…
3) and that Teddy doesn’t suck….
4) And that they are not Miami?
6) prolly not…heres the photo though
8) yeah I don’t see Gilligan but I do see the Skipper
9) Card fans, I implore you to go check out our guy Lloyd Spence on @TalkinNoiz. The crew from CSZ are on every Thursday in our attempt to bring the NOIZ. Justin and Steve both represented for us last week. Steve will be on for the Monday, December 30th show to talk Russell Athletic and how the Basketball team fared in Lexington….Can’t wait….I hate that I immediately thought about Bart Scott
11) Shoni Schimmel rose to the occasion on Saturday leading the way against No. 11 Colorado and wound up with a season-high 30 points, including 13 on 16 free throws, in No. 7 Louisville’s 69-62 win over the Buffaloes.
12) You guys, Coach Walz said we had something special here at the ‘Ville and I believe him
Louisville Baseball Tabbed as AAC Favorite by Conference Coaches
Gardner chosen as American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year as six Cardinals earn honors
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Following its record-setting 2013 season, the Louisville baseball team will enter 2014 as the unanimous favorite to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship while Cardinals’ senior outfielder Jeff Gardner was selected as the league’s Preseason Player of the Year on Monday.
Louisville, which won its fourth Big East regular season championship in five years and advanced to the College World Series for the second time in school history last season, received all eight possible first-place votes and 64 points overall in the preseason poll of the conference’s head coaches announced on Monday by the league. The Cardinals, ranked No. 8 in last week’s Collegiate Baseball newspaper preseason poll, was also tabbed as the preseason favorite in the Big East Conference last season before eventually winning the regular season title and a school record 51 games overall.
Following Louisville in Monday’s preseason poll was Houston, UCF and Connecticut in a three-way tie for second place with 47 points each. USF rounded out the top five with 34 points, while the final four spots in the preseason conference rundown were Memphis (30), Rutgers (27), Cincinnati (18) and Temple (8).
For those who love Cardinal Baseball, the Cards have fall ball games set for Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 after the Football Cardinals play FIU at home. Admission and parking are free.
Louisville pitcher Jeff Thompson was one of 30 semifinalists announced for the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday.
The CARDS are set to face Bowling Green in the first game of the NCAA Baseball Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium this Friday at 6pm.
NCAA Baseball Louisville Regional Schedule
Friday, May 31 | (ESPN3)
Game 1: No. 2 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 3 Oklahoma State – 2 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Bowling Green – 6 p.m.
By: Bradley Jones
Another weekend has passed and the University of Louisville football team is still undefeated. The Cardinals (6-0) traveled to Pittsburgh (2-4) this past weekend to take on the Panthers in their Big East conference opener. Prior to Saturday’s game, Louisville was 1-6 in their conference opening games since joining the Big East, this coupled with a 11 a.m. kickoff had some fans nervous as the Cardinals looked to improve to 6-0 for the first time since 2006. Read the rest of this entry
By: Bradley Jones
The Big East tournament for most fall sports is less than a month away. With that said, this weekend is set to host a variety of Louisville sporting events as teams look to improve upon their records and conference standings. Louisville football (5-0) is set to open Big East play this Saturday as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers. Louisville looks to avenge a 21-14 lost last year to Pittsburgh and improve upon their 1-6 record in Big East openers since joining the league. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 11 a.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. Read the official press release here Read the rest of this entry
Before Coach Dan McDonnell took over as head coach of the Cards, UofL Baseball had made the NCAA Tournament only 1 time in its history. Since McDonnell arrived, the Cards have now made the tournament 5 times in 6 seasons, and he has a record of 256-126 in those 6 seasons.