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UofL Baseball S.I.D. Garett Wall

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, featuring rising University of Louisville juniors Devin Hairston and Brendan McKay, split its four games against Chinese Taipei last week while also withstanding Super Typhoon Nepartak, which made landfall in Taiwan on July 8.

In a series originally slated for five games, Team USA won games two (3-1) and four (3-2) while dropping games one (8-7) and three (3-2) before the deciding fifth game was cancelled in the fourth inning due to heavy rains and lightning. The two teams played on July 5-6 as scheduled before adjusting the slate with a doubleheader on July 7 in advance of the arrival of Nepartak. After successfully navigating the heavy rains and winds on July 8, the attempt to determine a series winner on July 9 was halted early because of inclement weather.

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Brendan McKay: 2 Time Olerud Award Winner

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GARETT WALL UOFL BASEBALL SID

LUBBOCK, Texas – University of Louisville sophomore pitcher and first baseman Brendan McKay was named Friday as the John Olerud Two-way Player of the Year Award winner becoming the first repeat winner of the prestigious honor.

 

After winning the award as a freshman in 2015, the Darlington, Pennsylvania native did not suffer from any kind of sophomore slump successfully maintaining his status as the nation’s top two-way player. McKay put up tremendous numbers in 2016 en route to earning All-America honors from six different organizations as well as garnering All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team accolades as both a pitcher and hitter. He was also a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, which honors the top player in all of college baseball.

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Summer Notebook: Hairston, McKay Begin Summer Tour With Team USA

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The summer tour for the 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate Team, which includes rising Louisville juniors Devin Hairston and Brendan McKay, officially kicked off Monday with day one of training camp at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California.

Hairston and McKay are among 29 of the nation’s top collegiate underclassmen in Southern California for this week’s team trials, which began with an afternoon practice session on Monday. Team USA will play five games against teams from the California Collegiate League, starting today (Tuesday) at 1:30 p.m., PT against the Santa Barbara Foresters at Dodger Stadium. The USA Collegiate National Team and the Foresters will also play on Wednesday (June 29) at 5 p.m. at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium on the campus of UC-Santa Barbara.

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Kyle Funkhouser Throws The Fastball

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Photo: GoCards.com

Kyle Funkhouser seen what one unnamed newly deleted from Twitter B.O.T. member had to say today.

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Corey Ray’s Brewer Intro Presser

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Here is the press conference to introduce the Rookie Corey Ray to BrewerNation. (Not even sure this is a thing, let me know Brewer fans). Enjoy!

Corey Ray Signs His MLB Contract

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Here’s the one we’ve been waiting for, Corey Ray.

Will Smith Signs With Dodgers

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The signings keep trickling in and the latest is Junior Will Smith:

Good luck and Go Cards!

 

Louisville Announces 2016 Summer Baseball Assignments

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following its fourth straight NCAA Super Regional appearance and a second straight ACC Atlantic Division championship, the Louisville baseball program kicked off its preparations for the 2017 season Monday with the announcement of the team’s summer baseball assignments.

 

The Cardinals have 18 underclassmen assigned to four different wooden bat leagues as well as the USA Collegiate National Team this summer. Rising juniors Devin Hairston and Brendan McKay are leading the way as they compete this summer with Team USA, starting with the team training camp on June 27 in Southern California.

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Trio Of Cardinals Named ABCA All-Americans

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville baseball team added three more All-America honors on Saturday as the American Baseball Coaches Association named sophomore pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay and junior outfielder Corey Ray to its first team and included sophomore shortstop Devin Hairston as a third team selection.

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Smith Named To ABCA Gold Glove Team

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior catcher Will Smith was named Sunday to the 2016 American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove Team becoming the first Cardinals player to earn the prestigious defensive honor.

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Drew Harrington Signs

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Another guy who has made it official is ACC Pitcher of the Year Drew Harrington. He has signed with the Braves.

Thank you Drew. Good luck in Atlanta.

Blake Tiberi Update

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The baseball season is over. Like many of my fellow UofL Baseball fan friends I am hoping that one of the draftees will return. Coach Mac said he expected all of the day one draftees to leave but I was holding out hope. The guy that I thought would be most likely to return was Blake Tiberi. After seeing his tweet earlier I no longer have hope.

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School Record Six Cardinals Receive NCBWA All-America Honors

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GARETT WALL

UOFL BASEBALL SID

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville baseball team set a school record Wednesday with six players receiving All-America recognition from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, including five first team honorees.

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Bob Burdi’s Touching Words

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(Via AdamLucas Designs)

The following was posted on my Facebook page by my guy Bob Burdi, father of the 100 mile per hour boys. I thought it was share worthy. He talks about the kind of person his son is. From all of the interactions I’ve had with him,  it’s easy to see how both of his boys turned out so well. Great guy. They have represented or university well. Enjoy the read!

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Zack Burdi Talks

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There is no doubt that yesterday’s finish is one that we will never forget. It was heart breaking for us and even more so for the players and coaches. The guy who finished on the mound will undoubtedly feel like the results were all his fault. They weren’t. Baseball is agame of good bounced, bad bounces & just plain weirdness at times.

Zack Burdi is THE best reliever in college baseball and shouldn’t be treated any other way. I haven’t seen anyone being ignorant towards him but I’m sure some were. We all wanted to know what our guy was thinking and feeling. This morning he tweeted:

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No. 2 Louisville Ends Season With Walk-Off Loss To No. 13 UCSB

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Garett Wall UofL Baseball SID

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A ninth inning, walk-off grand slam by pinch hitter Sam Cohen clinched UC Santa Barbara’s first College World Series berth as the 13th-ranked Gauchos knocked off the No. 2 national seed Louisville baseball team with a 4-3 victory Sunday in game two of the NCAA Super Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium. 

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Kyle Funkhouser: Drafted 115th To The Detroit Tigers

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Blake Tiberi: Drafted 100th To The New York Mets

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Drew Harrington: Drafted 80th By The Atlanta Braves

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Live MLB Draft Thread

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We are happy to bring you coverage of the 2016 MLB Draft. The draft starts at 7pm EST. We will update this page as players from UofL are drafted. Stay tuned throughout the night.

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