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Baseball team gears up for 2014 season

By Lilly Trunnell

The University of Louisville Baseball team takes the field for the first time with a Valentine’s Day dual against West Virginia on February 14. With the season just around the corner there is only a little bit of time left to linger on the success and magic of their College World Series run during The Year of the Cardinal.

2013 was a truly memorable season for Louisville Cardinals Baseball. Topping off the season, the Cardinals became Conference Champions, and went through the NCAA Tournament all the way to the College World Series. The 51-14 team was held up largely by the then-junior and senior players under the guidance of Head Coach Dan McDonnell and Assistant Coaches Chris Lemonis and Roger Williams.

The 2013 squad’s impressive 51-14 record came with a conference record of 20-4 in the competitive Big East. At home they boasted 33-5, but their away record didn’t falter at 15-4, which brought in 3-5 at neutral locations. This neutral location record was their demise in the College World Series, which takes place at third-party fields. Upon arriving at the CWS, the Cards lost two in a row, eliminating them from the series. First was a 2-0 loss to Indiana followed by 11-4 elimination versus Oregon State.

That in no way means the team wasn’t solid. The pitching staff boasted an overall ERA of 2.52, which included a strikeout to bases-on-balls ratio of 629-223. This balances out roughly to nearly three strikeouts for every walk allowed. Despite these extraordinary numbers, it may be difficult for the Cardinals to replicate the numbers again this year. They lost four impressive junior pitchers to the draft. RHP Dace Kim, RHP Jeff Thompson, RHP Chad Green and LHP Cody Ege will all be joining professional teams in their minor league organizations for the upcoming season.

Defense is an often-overlooked strength of many teams. While the Cardinals weren’t necessarily the strongest in the area, they held up a solid .969 fielding percentage and committed a total of 77 errors in 65 games total. The pitching staff kept the need and opportunity for a fantastic defense to a minimum, and the offense made up for any lost time there may have been.

With all but one batting average above the Mendoza line, the total average for all the Cardinals was. 283, with seven players going above the .300 mark. They outscored opponents 404-212 runs, had a winning streak of 16 and a losing streak of only three in comparison. Lost from the offense and defense will be drafted 3B Ty Young, OF Chad Johnson and OF Adam Engel. There are also a handful of graduated senior who will not be returning.

With Dan McDonnell, Chris Lemonis, and Roger Williams returning to lead a fresh set of faces in 2014, it’s certain to be an intriguing season. The Cardinals will have to find new approaches to success in 2014. It’s going to be a year of rebuilding and discovery.

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Swim and Dive senior day hosts UK

By Dalton Ray

Saturday, Jan. 25 was Senior Day for the University of Louisville’s swim and dive team. The Cardinals hosted in-state rival University of Kentucky in Ralph Wright Auditorium. Despite the increased emotions of the rivalry between the two schools, U of L was able to sweep the visiting Cats.

The men’s swim and dive won 212.5-87.5 and the women as well with 193-107 score. The men were led by seniors Kameron Chastain, Joao De Lucca, juniors Caryle Blondell, Evan Noble and sophomore Pedro Coutinho who all posted multiple victories. On the women’s side efforts from junior Tanja Kylliainen, sophomore Kelsi Worrell, seniors Krissie Brandenburg and Breann McDowell all carried the team to a victory.

The women’s 200 medley-relay team of Brandenburg, McDowell, Worrell and Andrea Cottrell would post a winning time of 1:41.00. For the men’s 200 medley-relay team of Blondell, Noble, Coutinho and Chastain would combine for a 1:28.34 time that won the event. In the 1000-free events Louisville sophomore Bryan Draganosky would take first place in the event with a 9:18.63 time and junior Abigail Houck would finish second for the ladies.

In the women’s 200-free, UK’s Kristen Wilson had a time of 1:50.42 just beating out Andrea Kneppers who finished at 1:50.61. Joao De Lucca posted an NCAA B-cut time with a 1:36.05 finish in the 200-free, with Cardinal freshman Matthias Lindenbauer finishing second at 1:39.8.

The Louisville women swept the 100-back with Mackenzie Buss, Krissie Brandenburg, and Erica Belcher placing first, second and third.

In the men’s 100-back, U of L’s junior Evan Noble went under 50 second with a 49.15 for the win. Freshman Josh Quallen finished second with 50.01 and Aaron Greene finished third with a 50.21 time. In the women’s 100-breaststroke, Andrea Cottrell posted an NCAA B-cut time of 1:02.46 in the win and Gisselle Kohoyda was fourth for the Cards with 1:05.41 in a wild rush to the wall.

In the men’s 100-breast, Chastain cruised to a win with a time of 54.60. Once again the Cards swept the event. Freshman Brennen Berger was second with 56.24 and red-shirt junior Thomas Dahlia was third with a time of 56.61. Junior Tanja Kylliainen won the 200-fly for the women with a time of 1.56.95, the only competitor to finish under two minutes. In the 200-fly, senior Juan Lopez took top honors for the men with a time of 149.74 and sophomore Nolan Tesone was second with 1:50.80.

There were multiple members on each side who stepped up for the men and women. In a very tough environment for some of the young members of the squads they came together and both sides dominated their in-state rivals. For the men this is their sixth straight win against the Cats, the women have won the past four.