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).
The University of Louisville’s appearance in the College World Series will cap off a terrific 2016-17 season for the Cardinals. Lofty team finishes, impressive individual achievements and nationally recognized academic success have highlighted UofL’s extremely productive academic year.
18 NCAA PARTCIPANTS — Eighteen UofL sports – 10 men’s and eight women’s – had teams or individuals participate in NCAA postseason competition in 2016-17. Baseball has won a school-record 52 games and has advanced to its fourth College World Series, including its third in the last five years. UofL’s men’s soccer team was the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Championship and advanced to the Elite Eight. UofL’s women’s cross country advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history. Louisville’s women’s swimming team finished sixth in the nation with Mallory Comerford sharing the 200-free NCAA championship with Katie Ledecky. The Cardinals’ men’s swimming team finished 11th in the NCAA Championship.
For the third consecutive year, LHP/1B Brendan McKay has won the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year award. As the name suggests, it is awarded to the top player who excels both at the plate and on the mound. According to our friend Kelly Dickey, McKay has won 37.5% of all the Olerud Player of the Year awards ever given.
In 58 games played, Taylor is batting .279/.399/.358 with no home runs and 40 RBIs. Known for his ability to get on base and swipe some extra bases, Taylor’s on base percentage of .399 ranks fourth in team, behind only McKay, Ellis and Stowers. He has also stolen 22 bases, tied for the team lead with Josh Stowers and good for #35 in all of Division 1 baseball.
With the 177th pick of the sixth round in the MLB Draft, UofL starting pitcher Kade McClure has been drafted by the Chicago White Sox. He joins Lincoln Henzman, who was drafted 60 picks prior to him by the White Sox.
In 17 starts, McClure has posted a record of 8-3 with a 3.43 ERA in 97 innings pitched. He has also recorded 102 strikeouts while only allowing 35 walks. His 17 starts leads all of Division 1 baseball, tied with 21 other starting pitchers.
In 25 appearances on the mound, Henzman has recorded 16 saves and a 3-0 record. With 35.2 innings pitched, he has logged a 1.77 ERA with 36 strikeouts while only allowing 9 walks. His 16 saves is good for #2 in all of Division 1 baseball, trailing only TCU’s Durbin Feltman (17).
In 62 games played, Hairston is batting .306/.354/.423 with 3 home runs and 51 RBIs. Known for his defense, Hairston also won the inaugural ACC Defensive Player of the Year, posting a fielding percentage of .987%.