After a school-record 19-0 start to open 2017, the Cards set their sights on the road for their first true road game out of Louisville.
Unfortunately, U of L suffered some roadblocks along the way this week. Louisville would drop their first regular-season weekday game since 2015 with a 6-3 loss at Cincinnati, and then fall 3-1 on Friday at NC State. U of L responded with taking two out of three in Raleigh, ultimately winning the series against the Wolfpack.
Up next, Louisville returns home tonight to play WKU, while returning on the road for a weekend series against Virginia.
The Batting Order
1. Cards Fall Out of #1 Ranking
With going an even 2-2 last week, the Cardinals still maintain an impressive 21-2 record entering tonight’s game against WKU. The Cards only fell one spot in every poll despite the two losses, entering this week as the #2 team in five of the six major polls. Only the Coaches Poll does not have U of L in the runner-up spot, as the Cards sit at third behind consensus #1 Oregon State and Texas Tech.
2. U of L with an Impressive ACC Record
Since joining the ACC, Louisville has won 20 of its 23 series against conference foes, after taking two of three at NC State. All of Louisville’s three series losses have been on the road.
3. Nick Bennett Shining as Sunday Starter
With the series-clinching win on Sunday, freshman Nick Bennett has flourished in the weekend rotation since earning a Friday start against Eastern Michigan. Bennett is currently 3-0 with an ACC-leading .69 ERA, .138 opposing batting average and 25 strikeouts as a freshman. Bennett has assumed the Sunday spot in the pitching rotation since then, and has earned the win in two of his three Sunday appearances.
4. Another Clutch At-Bat for Hairston on Saturday
Saturday’s 7-6 win over NC State needed more late-game heroics from junior Devin Hairston. The junior hit a go-ahead RBI single in the tenth inning to give the Cardinals the deciding run in extra innings, giving Hairston his third game-winning at-bat in the last 50 games. Hairston also scored an RBI sacrifice that helped Louisville pull out a 3-2 win over Eastern Michigan on March 4th, as well as a walk-off against Kentucky last season.
Hairston currently leads the team with 25 RBI and is batting .337 for the season.
5. Cancer Awareness Night Promotion:
With tonight’s game being the home game scheduled for the Cards, U of L is having their cancer awareness night promotion at Jim Patterson Stadium. The first 500 fans in attendance will receiver Cancer Awareness shirts for the game, while also having a chance to win prizes as well as buying game-worn jerseys from previous games.
6. First Ranked ACC Test for Louisville
The Cards will travel to Charlottesville to face Virginia, which will be their first ranked opponent in ACC play (and as a true road series). U of L is currently 1-0 against ranked teams in 2017, beating then #22 Maryland 10-7 on February 18th in a neutral-site game. Since joining the ACC, Louisville is 13-9 against ranked teams away from home.
7. Kentucky Game Tickets
Next week’s game against Kentucky will be one of two games where admission is charged. Fans can buy tickets to the game on April 4th, with $12 tickets for a reserved chairback seat and $8 for a general admission seat in the Berm.
Fans can also buy tickets for U of L’s upcoming game against Northern Kentucky at Louisville Slugger Field on April 26th, as well as the ACC Baseball Championship from May 23-28.
8. U of L Looking to Push In-State Winning Streak
Louisville has won 11 straight against in-state foes, their last win a 20-2 landslide victory against Morehead State. U of L will look to make it 12 against WKU, who is the last team from the Bluegrass State to beat the Cardinals (a 7-3 WKU win at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2015).
9. About Western Kentucky and Virginia:
WKU enters tonight’s game with a 9-16 record, coming off taking two of three on the road against Middle Tennessee State. The Toppers have a stellar one-two power hitting duo in Hunter Wood and Thomas Peter, who lead the team in batting average (.310 and .306, respectively). Wood also has seven doubles and four home runs, while Peter has six doubles and five home runs in 2017.
Virginia, as mentioned, will be Louisville’s first true road test this week. The Cavaliers enter this week ranked as high as 16th in the NCBWA and Coaches Poll, having won four of their last five (the lone loss last Friday in a 19-3 blowout against Duke). UVA reached the College World Series four times since 2010, including a runner-up finish in 2014 and winning it all the following year. UVA was also the only team to beat Louisville at home in the regular season.
Adam Haseley figures to be the main focal point for UVA this weekend, as like McKay, he is a two-way player for the Cavaliers. Haseley is batting .409 (tied for second in the ACC behind McKay) with eight home runs, and is also 4-1 at the mound with a 3.60 ERA and 26 strikeouts. Outfielder Jake McCarthy also leads the ACC in stolen bases, taking 16-of-17 in 2017.
How to Watch/Listen:
Tonight’s game against the Hilltoppers starts at 6 p.m., with radio coverage on 93.9 and on ESPN3 with free admission to the game at Jim Patterson Stadium.
The weekend series against UVA starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, with coverage on ESPN3 and on 93.9 throughout the weekend. Saturday and Sunday will start at 4 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
Chaos. It’s what Louisville needs in order to keep its playoff chances alive. The fate of the Cardinals has not been in its hands since early October when Louisville came up one yard short of a first down at Clemson.
Heading into week 11, playoff chances were beginning to look a bit dim. Is Michigan going to lose?? Clemson has been playing with fire all season; will the Tigers finally get burned?? And what about Washington?? Could the Huskies be the real deal??
Here are the video Highlights from today’s thrashing of #2 FSU via The ACC Digital Network. Then after that is a video from a FSU site. Enjoy!
Teddy Bridgewater’s biggest fan is back with a new song for the injured quarterback.
In May, Obadiah Gamble (aka Skolbadiah), wrote Teddy a song inviting him to his birthday party.
After hearing about Teddy’s injury, the seven year old penned a new song for his favorite QB.
As explained in the video description, #CallGod is the hashtag Teddy uses on social media. It is also the sign he makes after scoring a touchdown.
I mean, can this kid be anymore adorable??
Louisville is with you, Obadiah, we hope Teddy is back and better than ever soon!!
Post-season ban to post-season champs for UofL? Andy Katz thinks it’s a possibility. Andy talks about it in this video update comparing the Cards to Syracuse of last year. I do not disagree. The Cards are ready to contend for the title this year. Enjoy! (Click on more below for story)
CSZ writer, Paige Sherrard, was featured in, “Humans of UofL.” The campaign, which is based on the popular Facebook page, “Humans of New York,” features current students, alumni and staff members who tell their unique UofL story.
As you guys know, we at CardinalSportsZone.com like to bring you the best of both worlds. We have a wonderful group of contributors that write excellent stories. (In My Opinion) We also go out and find the best stories out there about UofL from other people so that we can be your one stop shop for UofL news. This is a case of the latter. I was looking through my Facebook and seen: Bet on the Cards. I was intrigued. Chris Fallica put out his top 5 value bets for the CFP. The entire list can be found here. Enjoy the part about the Cards!
Have we found the mole? Are we really looking for a woodlands creature? No. The second definition surely fits better. There has been a ton of speculation on who the mole is at UofL. Someone in the presidents office, someone in the Athletic department & the latest, someone at the P.R firm. All have had a similar thought. Whoever the mole is revealed to be he is a friend of BBN’S own Matt Jones.
Coach Rick Pitino posted something extremely important in his blog today. Something that I think we, as fans, have forgotten in the midst of the scandal. BASKETBALL SEASON is ONE WEEK AWAY!!
( Coach Rick Pitino 2015 – 2016 Preview )
Yes, despite efforts to derail the University of Louisville’s Basketball program, it appears the show will go on as expected. The CARDS open up with an at home exhibition on Sunday, November 1st at 1:30PM.
AAC Press Release
Senior forward Zack Foxhoven of the No. 7 Louisville men’s soccer team was selected on Monday as the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Foxhoven (Littleton, Colo./UCLA) scored two goals and added one assist as the Cardinals extended their unbeaten streak to nine games last week with a midweek win over reigning NCAA champion Indiana and a 2-2 weekend draw against UConn. On Tuesday, Foxhoven connected for a goal and an assist as Louisville earned a dominating 3-0 win at IU, while on Saturday night, Foxhoven scored his second goal of the week as the Cardinals maintained their position atop the league standings with the draw.
This is the fifth week this season Louisville has earned at least one of the weekly American Athletic Conference honors. On Oct. 7, Ricardo Velazco was chosen as Offensive Player of the Week and Jimmy Ockford was named Defensive Player of the Week. A week earlier, Joachim Ball was selected as Goalkeeper of the Week, Andrew Brody was named Rookie of the Week and Michael DeGraffenriedt was chosen as Defensive Player of the Week. On Sept. 23, Ockford was named Defender of the Week while on Sept. 2, Velazco was selected as Offensive Player of the Week
The Cards fell to UCF last night 38-35. The Offense was led by Teddy Bridgewater who finished 29-38 for 341 yards and 2 TD, Dominique Brown added 88 yards and 2 TD and James Quick got his first collegiate TD off of a 30 yard fumble recovery that took place on a UCF punt attempt. Devante and Eli were the 2 TD recipients. Preston Brown had 12 tackles and Calvin Pryor added 11 tackles and 1 INT. Below are some videos and pictures we got from the game, enjoy and remember that the season isn’t over!
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Well the news coming out today is that starting next season, the Battle for the Bluegrass will be moved to the final game of the season. Reasons given were scarce but is believed to be a direct result of a request by the ACC and SEC conferences. When asked about it Louisville AD Tom Jurich said he was disappointed in the move.
The Butkus and Lombardi watch lists were revealed today for the 2013 college football season. The Butkus award is given to a player who is recognized as the best of the best linebackers in America. The Lombardi award goes annually to the college football lineman — offense or defense — who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. Preston Brown was named to both. This is one of the most memorable preseasons in recent memory as 10 players have been named to the 12 lists so far. This is shaping up to be an even more special year. Cant wait for this season to start. Tomorrow the Biletnikoff award watch list will be released for the nation’s top wide receiver and I expect to see a Cardinal presence there also.
Below are both lists:
UofL’s own, Adam Hadwin is currently tied for 148 in the 113th U.S Open Championship.
Inclement weather yesterday lead to two delays in the first round of the U.S Open. Louisville’s Adam Hadwin’s tee time was delayed to 6:01pm, forcing him, along with many others, to finish the first round early this morning.
Hadwin got in five holes before officials called golfers in due to darkness at 8:15pm.
Through the first five, Hadwin was even par. He started out this morning making par on six before three straight bogeys to finish out the front nine, scoring 39, +3, on the front nine.
Hadwin started the back nine out with a bogey on 10 followed by two birdies on 11 and 12. The round went downhill from there. Hadwin bogeyed 13, 14 and 15, putting him at +7. On 16, Adam had a double bogey followed by two more bogeys on 17 and 18.
A rough start for Adam Hadwin in the first round. He shot 81 in the first round, +11.
As of right now, the projected cut going into the weekend is +4.
With the greens playing fast, Hadwin needs to take advantage of every shot today to avoid being cut before the weekend.
Adam Hadwin tees off in the second round at 12:01pm. Coverage is live on ESPN.
The 4th annual Deion Branch skills and drills football camp will be held this Saturday June 1st at St X high school in Louisville, KY. Details can be found in the flyer below with more info being available at Deionbranchfoundation.org. There are only 3 days left to sign up with limited spots available. I caught up with Deion and asked him why was it so important to have this camp in Louisville.
Deion: Louisville is my second home. It’s a blessing to come home and give back to the city that has supported me throughout my entire career! Go Cards!
Follow Deion on Twitter at @DeionBranch84
Despite Teddy Bridgewater’s rejection of a Heisman campaign, this week he’s featured Sporting News magazine.
Here’s Teddy looking strong on the latest cover:
SportingNews.com has published two articles in the last week about Teddy’s Heisman season and his decision to dodge the Heisman hype.