Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com has released an article about fall story lines around the Big East conference. The article discusses how Louisville’s run to the CWS will impact the conference. Some people around the country forget that Louisville finished in third place in 2007 behind Rutgers and St. John’s. It also discusses how the uniform start date will impact the conference but all schools need to put some money into their respective program. It also mentions how South Florida is one of the programs to watch in the Big East in 2008 and beyond. The full article is available here.
Dan McDonnell and the Louisville Cardinals have opened up fall practice this week after being a surprise participant in the College World Series. The Cardinals return 17 players from the CWS team including Big East Pitcher of the Year Zack Pitts and Freshman of the Year Justin Marks. They will bring in 20 new players as they look to make it back to Omaha. The Louisville Media Relations department has release a breakdown of all 20 new players on the squad which is available by clicking here.
Perhaps the most exciting thing to come out of the countdown is Kendall’s new abbreviation for “switch pitcher”: SWP. For those not in the know, that references Pat Venditte and the amazing nature of high level ambidexterity. My exuberance is not meant to be dismissive of Kendall’s ranking, it’s just that you take news when and where you can get it during the August slow season. Kendall does a great job of churning out news and interesting features and the Rivals CBB site is definitely a daily visit, much as the College Baseball Blog hopefully is for all of you.
On to the countdown:
1. Blake Stouffer – Texas A&M – UT
2. Dominic De la Osa – Vanderbilt – RF
3. Cole St. Claire – Rice – LHP
4. Pat Venditte – Creighton – SWP
5. Joshua Fields – Georgia – RHP
6. Josh Satow – Arizona State – LHP
7. Phil Disher – South Carolina – C
8. Matt Hague – Oklahoma State – 3B
9. Mitch Harris – Navy – RHP
10. Zack Pitts – Louisville – RHP
Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com College Baseball has counted down his top 10 rising programs with a series of articles. Here’s the list.
Kendall also answered some interesting questions in his latest Mailbag. Addressed were the draft decisions for a trio of Longhorns and Rick Porcello. Also discussed are the prospects for the NC State Wolfpack and Western Carolina’s hiring of Bobby Moranda.
SeBaseball has released a list of the top five coaching jobs of 2007. The list is led by Louisville Head Coach Dan McDonnell to their first trip to the CWS in the team’s history. They also name UC-Irvine’s Dave Serrano, Mississippi State’s Ron Polk, North Carolina’s Mike Fox, and Missouri’s Tim Jamieson. The full article is available here.
North Carolina sent home Louisville after a very strong outing by Luke Putkonen. Luke went 7 innings while giving up a single run on three hits while striking out seven batters and walking only one batter. Louisville came into the game scoring in double digits in both of their games in the CWS. The lone run scored by Louisville came in the first inning on a home run by Logan Johnson but they were not able to get anything else off of Luke Putkonen. North Carolina got all there runs in the second inning including two coming on a critical error by Louisville Chris Dominguez. The North Carolina offense was led by Seth Williams who got the only RBI in the game for the Heels.
Louisville ends the season with a 47-24 record in what is the greatest season for the Cardinals baseball program in their history. North Carolina now advances to play Rice at 2 pm eastern time on Wednesday. The Tar Heels have to knock off the Owls twice to advance to the Championship series.
OMAHA, Neb. — With the possibility of its season coming to an end, the University of Louisville baseball team came out swinging again, rolling 12-4 over Mississippi State in a losers’ bracket game of the College World Series.
The Cardinals scored eight runs in the first four innings, scored in six of nine innings, hit four home runs and had eight players record at least one hit.
And then there was starting pitcher Justin Marks. The Big East Freshman of the Year turned in a gutsy performance before 18,187 fans at Rosenblatt Stadium.
At a Saturday afternoon picnic in nearby Papillion, he had teammates rolling with his descriptions of them, one by one. He is, after all, the team comedian.
But oh, what a difference a day makes.
The sophomore right-hander spoke softly and shook his head Sunday afternoon, moments after Louisville finished its 12-4 win over Mississippi State in a College World Series elimination game in front of an announced 18,187 at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Crosswhite was disappointed in himself for lasting just 2 1/3 innings, giving up five runs and hanging more pitches over the plate than he cared to remember.
“Well, there’s not very much to say,” Crosswhite said, when asked to describe his outing. “I was disappointed in myself. It’s not the way you wanted to start off a game you want to win.”
The Louisville Cardinals jumped out to an early 5-0 victory but the Rice Owls were able to come back and win a wild game 15-10. Aaron Luna led the Owls by going 2-4 with three RBI. Rice reliever Bobby Bramhall pitched the final two innings without giving up a run to get the victory and up his record to 7-2. Louisville was led on offense by Logan Johnson who picked up two hits while driving in three runs. Cardinals closer Trystan Magnuson got rocked in his only inning of work as he let up six runs as he got the loss to drop his record to 3-3. Louisville will play an elimination game on Sunday against Mississippi State at 2 pm while Rice will play North Carolina at 7 pm.
UNC 8 Mississippi State 5
The North Carolina Tar Heels erased a 4-0 deficit with eight runs in the fourth and sixth innings combined as the Tar Heels picked up a 8-5 victory over Mississippi State. UNC starter Robert Woodard struggled in only 1.2 innings as he let up four runs on seven hits. Adam Warren relieved Woodard and gave the Tar Heels 4.1 scoreless innings while only giving up three hits and a walk. Warren’s record goes to 11-0. Andrew Carignan pitched the final inning to get his 16th save of the year. Chad Flack led the UNC offense by going 3-4 with a RBI. Justin Pigott started for the Bulldogs as he gave up six runs in 5.1 innings as he got the loss to put his record at 7-7. Mitch Moreland led the Bulldogs offense by going 2-4 with a homer. UNC plays Rice on Sunday at 7 pm and Mississippi State plays Louisville at 2 pm.
The Louisville Cardinals are the Cinderella story of this NCAA tournament as they have made the College World Series with some impressive victories. Louisville headed out to Columbia (MO) for a NCAA Regional hosted by Missouri. The Cardinals won the first game of the regional over Miami by a score of 13-7 then played the host Tigers in which they lost 7-5. This set up a rematch with Miami which the Cardinals won 8-7 then on the same day knocked off Missouri 4-3 to force a decisive game. The Cardinals jumped all over the Missouri pitching staff for 8 runs in the first inning as they cruised to a 16-6 victory. Louisville was then named the host of their Super Regional showdown with Oklahoma State. Louisville took the opening game 9-0 then lost a heart breaker in game 2 by a score of 3-2 before beating the Cowboys in the decisive game 20-2 to clinch their first trip to the NCAA Tourney. They are led by first year head coach Dan McDonnell who inherited a senior laden team from Lelo Prado who left for University of South Florida. The offense is led by Boomer Whiting who is hitting .367 but has an outrageous amount of stolen bases with 73 in 86 attempts. Isaiah Howes leads the team in hitting with a .392 average and has a team leading 18 homers on the year. In the Super Regional clincher, Howes drove in six runs. The Cardinals pitching staff is led by the two headed monster of Zach Pitts and Justin Marks. Pitts was named the Big East Pitcher of the Year as he currently has a 10-3 record and a 2.23 ERA. Marks was named the Big East Freshman of the Year as he has an 8-2 record with a 2.54 ERA. The Louisville team has some solid players who have been playing extremely well throughout the year and should give any team fits in Omaha.
Louisville CWS Notes