UofL Baseball’s recruiting class was ranked 13th by Baseball America this week. You can get a first glimpse at the team this weekend. They will be playing on Friday and Saturday, with first pitch set for 2:30 each day. Admission is free this weekend and is a great way to kick off, what is sure to be an unforgettable weekend in the ville!
The University of Louisville Men’s Basketball team has scheduled their very first Pro Day for October 7th as reported by Evan Daniels with Scout.com. It will be divided up into two practices and head coach Rick Pitino has already said they will be extremely athletic practices. He also believes he has 5 or 6 legitimate first round picks coming off this year’s team. The Cards are ranked 6th heading into the season by CBS Sports.
Leading into week 2 of the season, and the start of ACC play, we asked each member of Cardinal Sports Zone what their predictions were for the game.
Jeremy: Cards 44 UNC 24
Lamar 457 total yards, 347 passing 110 rushing
Chucky 2 ints
Katie Goben: 28-21 Louisville. LJ with 3 touchdowns on the day and Dez has 2 of those touchdowns. Stacy Thomas continues to dominate on d.
Nunn: Cards win 31-14. Last year on defense UNC gave up the ACC worst, 227.3 rushing yards per game. This seems like a good time to get the running game back on track.
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Former UofL Baseball star, Adam Engel, is reminding everyone that defense wins games.
The University of Louisville Baseball team made SportsCenter Top 10 today. How you may ask? By pulling off a crazy pool trick shot of course! Check out the video below!
Brendan McKay hit his first professional walk-off home run last night. He hit a two run walk off in the bottom of the 10th inning against Tri City. The game was also McKay’s first three hit game of his professional career as well.
San Diego Padres pitcher Kyle McGrath. (Photo by K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune) (K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)
Louisville native and former UofL reliever received the call he had been dreaming of on Wednesday, he was heading to San Diego to pitch for the Padres. Kyle’s dad James McGrath was gracious enough to give Cardinal Sports Zone a look into what that moment felt like for them all.
After having 53-12 campaign in 2017, as well as ending the season in Omaha, Louisville Baseball head coach Dan McDonnell won Baseball America’s National Coach of the Year award. This is the second time that McDonnell has won the award.
Following the historic 2017 season for the Cardinal Nine, the program announced today the summer assignments for the remaining players who either did not graduate or did not sign major league deals.
The team ended with a mark of 53-12, as well as earned a berth to its fourth College World Series, and third in five years. The team was also ACC Atlantic Division champs for the third straight year in a row, and also saw Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year honors with Brendan McKay, Dan McDonnell and Devin Hairston respectively.
Louisville Cardinals Summer 2017 Assignments:
Prior to tomorrow’s matchup against the #3 Florida Gators, the #7 Louisville Cardinals took to the practice field, where Defensive Player of the Year Devin Hairston was mic’d up.
Couldn’t make the trip up to Omaha? Check out this short video with the sights and sounds of Louisville’s thrilling 8-4 victory over Texas A&M, as well as some of the pageantry surrounding the College World Series.
In case you haven’t been paying attention to the red-hot Louisville Cardinals baseball team (which you should have) this postseason, you’ve probably noticed that all of the players have suddenly dyed their hair blonde. This also includes head coach Dan McDonnell, as pictured above. Why is that? Well, relief pitcher Jake Sparger decided to go around the team and talk to them about the change in hairdos.
Following Brendan McKay and Lincoln Henzman winning the Dick Howser Trophy and Stopper Of The Year award respectively, both players speak to the media and are presented with their awards.
Prior to their game against Texas A&M tomorrow in the College World Series, UofL closing pitcher Lincoln Henzman was awarded the Stopper Of The Year award by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association this afternoon. Henzman is the second Cardinal to win the award (Nick Burdi, 2014), and his 16 saves rank #2 in all of Division I baseball.
While the University of Louisville baseball team was preparing for their fourth trip up to Omaha, Nebraska for the College World Series, the program made a somewhat surprising, yet inevitable announcement.
Starting next season, the traditionally cost-free games at Jim Patterson Stadium will switch over to ticketed entry, and will no longer be free of charge. Chairback seating will start at $10, with season tickets starting at $150. Group pricing will also be an option, and University of Louisville students will get in free.
In the middle of yet another trip to the College World Series, the Louisville Baseball program announced today that beginning in 2018, games played Jim Patterson Stadium will no longer be free of charge and will start charging admission beginning with the 2018 season.
Season ticket packages will be begin as low as $150, with single game admission going as low as $10. However, University of Louisville students will get in free with their student ID. Group pricing will be available as well. More information regarding the change to ticketed entry to games will be released as the summer goes on.
Brendan McKay, Louisville two-way superstar and the newest member of the Tampa Bay Rays, was named a finalist for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award this afternoon. He joins Mississippi State’s Brent Rooker, North Carolina’s J.B. Bukauskas and Virginia’s Adam Haseley as the four finalists for the award.
The Golden Spikes Award is awarded to the best player in college baseball, and is viewed as the most highly sought after individual award in college baseball. Current MLB superstars Buster Posey, David Price, Kris Bryant, Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper are recipients of the award.
In 60 games played, Fitch is batting .256/.371/.467 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs. His 11 home runs are good for third on the team, trailing Brendan McKay and Drew Ellis’ 17 and 20 home runs respectively. Also known for his stellar defense, Fitch leads the team in fielding percentage with .996% (minimum 40 games played).