Josh Stowers drove in four runs, while the Louisville bullpen used five pitchers to earn a 6-2 victory over #25 Vanderbilt.
The victory marked the third in the last four games in the Battle of the Barrel rivalry. U of L also improved their winning streak to 12 games, which is the second time this team has accomplished the feat this season. It also pushes Louisville’s record to 6-3 against ranked teams, with the Cardinals beginning a two-week stretch against RPI top 30 opponents to close the regular season.
It was another week of handling business as usual for the #2 Cardinals. U of L (42-6) swept another four-game week against Miami of Ohio and Notre Dame, who remain the consensus #2 team in the country on an 11-game winning streak. This is the second time the Cards have reached a winning streak of double digits, a first in the program’s history.
Up next, Louisville begins the gauntlet to close the regular season with Vanderbilt and Clemson on deck.
The Batting Order
1. Drew Ellis Earns National Honors
Louisville infielder Drew Ellis walked away with National Player of the Month honors for the month of the April. Ellis earned it while hitting .455 during the month, along with 22 RBI, five doubles, eight home runs and a triple.
Additionally, Ellis is one of two Cardinal players that have started all 48 games this season. The junior currently leads the team with a .393 batting average, 16 doubles, 13 home runs and a .732 slugging percentage.
A pair of comeback victories and stellar pitching highlighted another 4-0 week for the Cardinals, who swept the week with wins against Miami of Ohio and Notre Dame. Louisville (41-6) now enters the final two weeks of the season with one of the best records in school history, and an 11-game winning streak.
It was a week of ups and downs for Louisville baseball, as the Cardinals dropped the rivalry game to Kentucky last Tuesday, ending a six-game winning streak against the rivals from I-64. Next, the Cardinals dropped Friday’s series-opener to Duke, only their second loss at home this season. However, U of L bounced back with two wins on the weekend to stay at .500 during Thunder week.
Up next, Louisville begins a five-game, six-day stretch with a road trip to Richmond, as the Cards take on in-state foe EKU. The Cardinals then host NKU at Louisville Slugger Field before returning to Jim Patterson for a weekend tilt with Toledo.
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.
As we roll into mid-March (and March Madness!), it seems as if the Cardinals have given up losing for Lent. U of L reeled off another four wins, the last two needing late game heroics from Devin Hairston and Jake Sparger, to push their undefeated mark to 11-0.
Up next, the Cards begin a stretch where they play five games in the next six days, starting with Tuesday’s road clash at EKU. Louisville will follow that up with another four-game home stand against Fort Wayne and begin conference play against Pitt.
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.
Florida State has been tabbed as the preseason favorites to win the ACC Baseball Championship, with 10 of 14 first place votes. Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina and NC State also nabbed one first place vote each for the overall conference title.
The Tar Heels were selected as the ACC Coastal Division preseason favorites, narrowly edging out Virginia and Miami (FL). Louisville finished second behind the Seminoles as the ACC Atlantic Division favorites.
The ACC as a whole continues its baseball dominance, with the most ranked teams (eight) across the D1baseball, Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America polls. Louisville enters the 2017 season ranked 7th in the Baseball America Top 25, 11th on Collegiate Baseball and 12th on D1baseball.com.
The Cardinals open their season on February 17th-19th in Clearwater, FL against Alabama State, Maryland and Ball State. The Cardinals open their home slate against in-state foe Eastern Kentucky on February 22nd, with a home game at Louisville Slugger Field on April 26th against another in-state foe, Northern Kentucky. U of L hopes to rebound from another crushing defeat in the Super Regionals and make their third College World Series in the last five years.
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.
We have reached that time of year in Louisville where it seems that there is not a lot of University of Louisville athletics to keep us entertained. Basketball season is over and most of the recruiting news pertains to 2017 recruits. To me, the recruiting news is not that exciting because kids have a whole year to change their mind. I get excited when they actually step onto campus. I also don’t get too excited about preseason rankings or mock drafts that are still a year away. Sure they are conversation pieces but I guess its great for radio. The football spring game is over and we won’t see them on the field for five months. Our recent NFL draft success has helped bring more excitement to the program but the draft is now over. Read the rest of this entry
Welcome to another edition of Around the Bases, where we anxiously await the NFL Draft and for postseason baseball to come around. Where do you think Sheldon Rankins will end up?
Welcome back to another edition of Around the Bases, and this is possibly the biggest week for Louisville baseball all season.
Last weekend was very tumultuous for the Cardinals team. After having the game at Kentucky postponed due to rain, they immediately traveled to Tallahassee to face Florida State. The Cardinals lost the series (7-12 Fri., 7-1 Sat., 5-16 Sun.), making it their second series defeat in the ACC this season. The Cardinals did not lose any series against ACC opponents last season, and the Cardinals dropped to 3-6 against Top 25 opponents on the road in 2016. The Cardinals returned home yesterday and thumped Western Kentucky 14-2, improving to a 20-1 record at home.
Welcome back to Around the Bases, which has not been rained out today.
Last weekend was business as usual for Louisville, as the Cardinals swept the Hokies. With wins of 8-4 (Fri.), 13-0 (Sat.) and 9-3 (Sun.), the Cardinals have a six-game winning streak heading into another big weekend at Florida State. Florida State currently holds a two-game lead over Louisville in the ACC Atlantic Division, and a series win could be big in clinching back-to-back division titles for the Cardinals.
Welcome to another weekly edition of Around the Bases, satisfying your hunger for more Louisville baseball. After a flawless 5-0 stretch this past week, the Cardinals have another five games at home to wrap up their 10-game home stand, including their first weekend conference series v. Notre Dame.
Pitching for Louisville
The Cardinals went a perfect 5-0 to extend their record to 10-2. The week began with a 9-5 victory over Morehead State, led by Blake Tiberi’s 3/3 performance at the plate with two RBI and a home-run by Colby Fitch in the fourth inning. Pitcher Kade McClure threw five scoreless innings and only allowed one hit in the performance.
Welcome to the newly titled Around the Bases, where I cover your weekly fix for Louisville baseball. After a disappointing setback at Ole Miss, the Cardinals will look to regain some momentum today v. Morehead State at 3:00 p.m., beginning a 10-game home stretch.
Pitching for the Cards
After starting the season 4-0 with a fiery performance versus SIU-Edwardsville and Eastern Kentucky, the Cards suffered their first setback last weekend at Ole Miss. The Cards lost the series in Oxford with a 6-5 loss on Friday, 4-0 win on Saturday and a 4-2 loss on Sunday. The Cardinals enter today’s game versus Morehead State with a #4/5 ranking and a 5-2 record, beginning a 10-game home stretch.
Louisville Coach Dan McDonnell and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista met with the media on Friday before the 2016 Leadoff Dinner. McDonnell talks about his team and the overall excitement heading into another season. The Cards are ranked #2 in several preseason polls.
Bautista talks about what he said to this Louisville team, his excitement for his upcoming season, and more.
Dan McDonnell and the Louisville Cardinals baseball team have been selected as the preseason favorite in the ACC for 2016, as selected by the league coaches. The full poll for each division is below.
The University of Louisville baseball team just got a lot better for next season. Ace Kyle Funkhouser will NOT be signing with the LA Dodgers and he will return to UofL. It has been reported that the Dodgers did not have enough money to sign him. Whatever the reason is, we will take it!
According to CBS Sports, the Louisville Cardinals had the second best 2014-15 season in college sports behind only Ohio State. Five sports were rated: football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, and a “wild card” sport. According to the article, the wild-card spot went to the most successful among the school’s following spectator sports: softball, men’s lacrosse, men’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, wrestling, volleyball, women’s soccer or women’s gymnastics.
Here is a little more explanation of how this was calculated: