Tue. Nov 12th, 2019

Baseball ranked No. 9 in collegiate newspaper preseason poll

By Matt Bradshaw —

For the 12th consecutive year, U of L baseball will enter its upcoming season in the national rankings. The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper released rankings last month and placed the Cardinals at No. 9.

Also notable is the fact that Louisville has remained ranked in at least one major national poll every week for the past seven years, marking the longest such span in program history.

The 2019 preseason rankings reveal a tough conference slate for the Cards, as eight ACC schools are listed in the top-40. U of L also faces preseason No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 11 Ole Miss in the non-conference schedule.

Head coach Dan McDonnell and his squad will look to top a tough ending to the 2018 season, when they advanced to the program’s seventh consecutive NCAA Regional Final and lost to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are preseason ranked No. 4 in the nation.

The Cardinals reached five straight Super Regionals prior to 2018 and last earned a trip to the College World Series in 2017. Though losing the likes of Adam Wolf, Josh Stowers and Devin Mann, the prospect of a deep postseason run looks favorable as ever.

Louisville returns seven starters and 10 pitchers from last year’s regional squad, including All-American Logan Wyatt and All-ACC honorees Nick Bennett, Bobby Miller and Danny Oriente. The team also features a talented array of incoming freshmen that form a recruiting class ranked 20th nationally.

Let’s not forget the leader of the Cards and one of the top head coaches in the game: McDonnell. He’s led the program to seven consecutive 40-win seasons and consistently kept U of L baseball at the top-tier of campus athletics.

This past summer, athletics director Vince Tyra added a $1 million increase to the salary of McDonnell’s contract running through 2026.

You can catch the Cards at Jim Patterson Stadium for the home opener on Feb. 20 against Eastern Kentucky.

For the 12th consecutive year, U of L baseball will enter its upcoming season in the national rankings. The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper released rankings last month and placed the Cardinals at No. 9.

Also notable is the fact that Louisville has remained ranked in at least one major national poll every week for the past seven years, marking the longest such span in program history.

The 2019 preseason rankings reveal a tough conference slate for the Cards, as eight ACC schools are listed in the top-40. U of L also faces preseason No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 11 Ole Miss in the non-conference schedule.

Head coach Dan McDonnell and his squad will look to top a tough ending to the 2018 season, when they advanced to the program’s seventh consecutive NCAA Regional Final and lost to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are preseason ranked No. 4 in the nation.

The Cardinals reached five straight Super Regionals prior to 2018 and last earned a trip to the College World Series in 2017. Though losing the likes of Adam Wolf, Josh Stowers and Devin Mann, the prospect of a deep postseason run looks favorable as ever.

Louisville returns seven starters and 10 pitchers from last year’s regional squad, including All-American Logan Wyatt and All-ACC honorees Nick Bennett, Bobby Miller and Danny Oriente. The team also features a talented array of incoming freshmen that form a recruiting class ranked 20th nationally.

Let’s not forget the leader of the Cards and one of the top head coaches in the game: McDonnell. He’s led the program to seven consecutive 40-win seasons and consistently kept U of L baseball at the top-tier of campus athletics.

This past summer, athletics director Vince Tyra added a $1 million increase to the salary of McDonnell’s contract running through 2026.

You can catch the Cards at Jim Patterson Stadium for the home opener on Feb. 20 against Eastern Kentucky.

For the 12th consecutive year, U of L baseball will enter its upcoming season in the national rankings. The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper released its rankings last month and placed the Cardinals at No. 9.

Also notable is the fact that Louisville has remained ranked in at least one major national poll every week for the past seven years, marking the longest such span in program history.

The 2019 preseason rankings reveal a tough conference slate for the Cards, as eight ACC schools are listed in the top-40. U of L also faces preseason No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 11 Ole Miss in the non-conference schedule.

Head coach Dan McDonnell and his squad will look to top a tough ending to the 2018 season, when they advanced to the program’s seventh consecutive NCAA Regional Final and lost to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are preseason ranked No. 4 in the nation.

The Cardinals reached five straight Super Regionals prior to 2018 and last earned a trip to the College World Series in 2017. Though losing the likes of Adam Wolf, Josh Stowers and Devin Mann, the prospect of a deep postseason run looks favorable as ever.

Louisville returns seven starters and 10 pitchers from last year’s regional squad, including All-American Logan Wyatt and All-ACC honorees Nick Bennett, Bobby Miller and Danny Oriente. The team also features a talented array of incoming freshmen that form a recruiting class ranked 20th nationally.

Let’s not forget the leader of the Cards and one of the top head coaches in the game: McDonnell. He’s led the program to seven consecutive 40-win seasons and consistently kept U of L baseball at the top-tier of campus athletics.

This past summer, athletics director Vince Tyra made sure McDonnell is here to stay by adding a $1 million increase to the salary of his contract running through 2026.

Louisville’s schedule, featuring 19 contests against NCAA Championship qualifiers from last season, begins with a three-game series against Connecticut in Lakeland, Fl. You can catch the Cardinals next month at Jim Patterson Stadium for the home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 20 against Eastern Kentucky.

Following one season of ticketed admission for all baseball home games, the program will offer free admission for half of the 34-game home slate. Matchups remain free to attend for all U of L students.

You can follow the Louisville Cardinal on Twitter @thecardsports.

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