In his first press conference after the Cardinal’s three-game trip to the College World Series coach Dan McDonnell reflects on the experience.
After the sting of Sunday’s NCAA selection show, it’s perhaps a good time to point fans’ attention back to Jim Patterson Stadium.
Yes, Louisville baseball is good again.
Sunday’s 10-3 defeat to North Carolina was the program’s first loss in 2018, in fact. The Cards had opened this season 14-0. This was after opening 19-0 last season. In both cases, Louisville was the nation’s top remaining unbeaten team.
Last season, such a hot start eventually led to Louisville reaching the College World Series.
After losing a ton of talent from that team, the Cards on paper were expected to be rebuilding a bit in 2018, but so far, that hasn’t proven to be the case on the field.
Led by Devin Mann (.340), five Cards are batting at least .286 so far this season, while Adam Wolf (3-0, 2.25 ERA) and Riley Thompson (1-1, 4.43) have been solid as starting pitchers and closer Sam Bordner has six saves and hasn’t allowed a run in seven appearances.
And Louisville, No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY baseball poll, hosts No. 3 Texas Tech for afternoon games Tuesday and Wednesday.
In only its second year of existence, Louisville’s Aspire Academy (more on that school here) reached the finals of this season’s championship tournament for its Grind Session league before falling 60-54 on Sunday to Florida’s Victory Rock Prep.
Two Aspire players – including top recruit Charles Bassey (more on him here) – were named to the tournament’s first team.
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Monday will bring the NCAA selection show for Louisville’s women’s basketball team, which is likely to get a No. 1 seed.
Meanwhile, Bellarmine’s season ended Sunday with a loss at the wire in the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament.