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.
Even as workers continued installation of 1,500 new bleachers at Jim Patterson Stadium, U of L officials announced that all reserved tickets (3,000) had been sold for this weekend’s NCAA Super Regional baseball tournament featuring a series between host Louisville and Oklahoma State. It’s a moment the Cards didn’t expect would arrive so soon.
Louisville convinced the Big East it should be accepted for membership based on a solid, long-range plan. Success has come even faster than expected.
In the past year, Cardinal Athletics has enjoyed its best run of excellent performances and championships ever. It's what U of L's Vice President and Director of Athletics Tom Jurich had in mind all along.
When Rick Pitino's Louisville basketball surged to a second-place finish in the Big East, U of L decided it was time to offer Pitino a new deal.