From June 1 when the Louisville baseball team beat Miami, 13-7, in the first round of NCAA play, to June 20 when the Cards returned from the College World Series as one of the nation's top six teams, U of L has generated newfound interest and energy for the Cardinal program. Coach Dan McDonnell (pictured left) and these Cards didn't win the national title, but they did change the way this town looks at their program - forever.
Football star Tino Sunseri had plenty of options, but in the /files/storyimages/he chose Louisville. His father, Sal, an NFL assistant coach, believes it’s a perfect match.
When Louisville’s romantic venture to the College World Series resumes with a game against North Carolina on Tuesday (2 p.m., ESPN2), the Cards will be looking for a victory that would likely make them the darlings of the local Omaha fans and set up two must-win contests against Rice on Wednesday and Thursday. Colby Wark (Jr., Terrebonne, Ore.), pictured left, is expected to take the mound for the Cards (47-23).
Despite great play by center fielder Boomer Whiting (left), Louisville baseball frittered away an opportunity to post its first-ever win at the College World Series. Now, the Cards are preparing to bounce back in Sunday's game (against the loser of Friday night's Mississippi State vs. North Carolina game) at Rosenblatt Stadium (2 p.m., ESPN2)
Regardless of how long his team’s stay in Omaha lasts, when Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell returns from the College World Series, he already has plans to make the most of his team’s remarkable post-season run.
When Louisville’s baseball team (46-12) plays Rice (54-12) this Friday in the Cards’ first-ever College World Series appearance, the players will likely recall the extra hard work they were able to do over the past year thanks to a few secret weapons that were recently added.
Life has changed for the University of Louisville’s baseball players who are on their way to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The Cards were the target of their fans’ affection on Tuesday at a downtown rally, something head coach Dan McDonnell said was only a dream for U of L players – until now.
Plans have changed for Louisville’s baseball team. This should have been the first week of a summer youth camp at U of L. Instead, Coach Dan McConnell (pictured left) and the Cards are on their way to Omaha for the College World Series where they will be first-time visitors. They’re one of just eight collegiate teams still in the running for a national title.
ESPN decided to emphasize the Super Regional aspect of the NCAA Baseball Tournament, and Louisville showed the wisdom of that decision, notching a stirring 20-2 win over Oklahoma State to advance to the College World Series to cap off a wildly entertaining three-game series at Jim Patterson
The Pittsburgh Steelers tabbed former U of L cornerback William Gay late in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. It was a bit of a surprise for the 5-10, 190-pound former Cardinals' standout who impressed his new team in mini-camp action.
As the University of Louisville baseball program enjoys its finest season ever, former Cardinal slugger Mark Jurich is on a hot streak with the Atlanta Braves AA team in Mississippi.