Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Juniors Sam Bordner, Josh Stowers and Adam Wolf have been selected by University of Louisville players and coaches as team captains for the Cardinals baseball team in 2018.
Bordner, a righthanded pitcher from Baltimore, Ohio, earned his first career All-America honor (NCBWA Third Team) while accumulating a 2-0 record, three saves and miniscule 0.41 ERA in 43.2 innings and 23 total appearances as a sophomore in 2017. He delivered scoreless appearances in 22 of his 23 outings last season, including all four NCAA postseason outings when he piled up 13 strikeouts and did not allow a hit in 10.2 innings in the Regional, Super Regional and College World Series.
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The most decorated collegiate baseball player of all time, Brendan McKay will be back in Louisville on Saturday to sign autographs before he receives his Golden Spikes award at half time of the UofL vs Indiana game on Saturday. He will be signing autographs at the KFC Yum! Center from 1-1:30, be sure to get out there and support this young man who gave so much to UofL.
After a very exciting and successful 2017 season, we finally get our first look at UofL baseball’s 2018 campaign. The Road (back) to Omaha will start on February 16th in Charleston, South Carolina with the first game at Jim Patterson happening February 21st. You can see the entire schedule below, and purchase your season tickets using the link provided with the schedule.
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Coaches and other members of UofL’s Athletic Department are saddened and sullen now that the leader they had all known for so long has been unceremoniously fired.
Courier Journal reporter Danielle Lerner wrote an article detailing the general mood of sadness around the UofL Athletic Department formerly run by Tom Jurich.
Cardinal Forever, Chad Green is making his MLB playoff debut tonight for the New York Yankees. Needless to say, he’s on fire. Check him out currently on ESPN!
It is no secret that Tom Jurich has been the heart and soul of the athletics department from the moment he stepped foot on UofL’s campus. Drew Deener with ESPN radio released a letter from Jim Patterson himself listing all of the reasons he wants Jurich back in the reigns. What do you think about this latest development?
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 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 has won just about every baseball award he possibly could , including the Dick Howser trophy, ACC player of the year, John Olerud 2-way player of the year, Baseball America player of the year and he was the 4th pick in the MLB draft. Well, you can add Golden Spikes awards to his list. The Golden Spikes award is given annually to the best amateur baseball player in the United States based on their athletic ability, sportsmanship, character and overall contribution to the sport.
Add another award for Louisville superstar Brendan McKay, as the junior takes home the Dick Howser Award.
The award, first given out in 1987, honors the best player in college baseball,voted on by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). McKay adds this award after winning the John Olerud Award to become the first three-time winner, and was also selected fourth overall by Tampa Bay in Monday’s MLB Draft. Recent notable winners include Buster Posey (2008), Stephen Strasburg (2009) and Kris Bryant (2013).
The College World Series is set to begin, with eight teams vying for a coveted national championship.
For those that are attending in Omaha, or planning to watch the events unfold for the next ten days, here’s a primer for all eight teams remaining.
GamblersPalace.com has released their odds per the Courier-Journal. ( Read more about the Card in the Tweet below)
Louisville +260 (2.6 to 1)
Oregon State +330 (3.3 to 1)
LSU +330 (3.3 to 1)
Florida +525 (5.25 to 1)
Florida State +675 (6.75 to 1)
TCU +740 (7.4 to 1)
Cal State Fullerton +1150 (11.5 to 1)
Texas A&M +1500 (15 to 1)
Yes, it’s happening. The Cardinals and Wildcats will settle the score in 2017 this weekend, with a trip to the College World Series on the line at the sold-out Jim Patterson Stadium.
The Cardinals are looking for their first College World Series since 2014, while Kentucky is seeking its first ever trip to Omaha. U of L went 3-0 in their stretch, while Kentucky rebounded from a loss against NC State to top the Hoosiers and Wolfpack (twice).
Logan Taylor used three RBIs — both the game-tying and go-ahead runs — as U of L scored ten runs in the final two innings to run away with an 11-1 victory over Oklahoma.
It took a while for the Louisville bats to get going, as the Cards only mustered one hit and one run in the first seven innings. U of L would lower the boom on Boomer Sooner in the final two innings, though.
After dropping their final three games to close the 2017 regular season, the Cardinals are looking to rebound in the ACC Tournament. Despite the three-game skid, U of L earned the number one seed after a rain-out cancelled the Saturday series finale against Florida State.
The Cardinals will host Florida State and Notre Dame in their pod tomorrow and Friday. Should the Cardinals advance, they will face the winner of Pool D between Virginia and Duke.
Breaking news: Louisville baseball continues to be dominant, now standing at 46-6 and again the consensus #2 team in the country.
It was another stellar week for the Cardinals, as #2 Louisville got four big wins over #25 Vanderbilt and #7 Clemson. The victories against the Tigers earned U of L its third straight Atlantic Division title, along with remaining ahead for a possible overall regular-season title.
With a 4-2 win over Clemson on Friday, coach McDonnell earned his 500th win and the folks of the Louisville video team put together this wonderful video honoring him and his accomplishments. Enjoy …
Last week, the Cardinals continued their momentum by taking three of four games, one against WKU at home and then two of three on the road against Virginia. The Cards currently sit at 24-3, with a five game homestretch coming up (including the anticipated rivalry game against Kentucky).
The Batting Order
1. Brief Recap of the Rivalry
Entering tonight’s game against their in-state rival, the Cards are 40-61-1 against the Wildcats, but U of L has won the last five games in the series. The last three games at Jim Patterson Stadium between UK and Louisville have included a 2014 NCAA Regional victory, as well as walk-off victories for the Cardinals in each of the last two seasons.
2. Cards a Consensus #2 in All Polls
U of L enters this week as the consensus #2 team in the country, only behind consensus #1 Oregon State in all six major polls. The Cardinals supplanted Texas Tech for the #2 spot in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, after the Red Raiders dropped two of three at Oklahoma last weekend.
After taking WKU in an easy 11-1 victory on Tuesday, the Cards traveled to Charlottesville to face #16 Virginia in their first tour against a ranked opponent in 2017. The Cards were able to pull out two of three this weekend, securing their 21st series victory in 24 tries against ACC foes since joining the conference.
Cards Survive Low-Scoring Friday Affair
Colby Fitch hit two home runs, including a crucial two-run blast in the ninth inning, to give the Cardinals a 5-2 win on Friday at Virginia.
The win marked the first time since February 18th that Louisville played, and beat, a ranked team, when the Cardinals pulled out a 10-7 victory over then #22 Maryland.
Fitch led all Cardinals with 2-of-3 batting at the plate, three RBI and two home runs. The two jacks for Fitch marked the first time since June 2016 that a U of L batter was able to hit two over the wall.
Fitch was able to break a scoreless tie in the third inning with a shot over right field. After both teams went back and forth into the eighth inning, Brendan McKay was able to break a 2-2 tie with another home run into right field, while Fitch padded the lead with another shot over the same area.
While Fitch and McKay were the only Cardinal batters to record multiple-hits during the game, Colin Lyman and Ryan Summers also recorded a hit in the game.
Adam Wolf recorded the win after only allowing one hit and run in the seventh inning, striking out . McKay finished his day at the mound with six hits allowed, two walks, and an earned run. The two strikeouts that McKay earned is a season-low for the junior. Lincoln Henzman earned his sixth save of the year by shutting out the Cavaliers in 1.1 innings of work, to close the game.
The Cavaliers managed to tie the game twice; UVA’s Jake McCarthy hit an RBI groundout to score Ernie Clement in the third, while Adam Haseley scored another RBI groundout in the sixth that brought in Nate Eikhoff to score. Noah Murdock had a stellar showing as UVA’s starter at the mound on Friday; Murdock pitched six innings while allowing two runs on four hits, and two walks.