Ethan the dog ‘throws’ first pitch at Louisville Bats game Thursday, Sep 23 2021 

Ethan's pitch is Friday during Louisville Slugger Field's Hops and Hounds night. Attendees can take their four-legged friends with them to the park.

        

UofL baseball’s Henry Davis makes history; becomes school’s first No. 1 overall pick in MLB Draft Sunday, Jul 11 2021 

The sophomore catcher has become the first No. 1 overall pick in program history after he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

        

Louisville Slugger Field returns to 100% stadium capacity Thursday, Jun 10 2021 

In celebration of full capacity, the Bats are hosting a "Re-Opening Night" June 22 which includes a buy-one-get-one-free ticket special and $1 concessions.

        

Louisville’s Henry Davis could be first Cardinal taken No. 1 in MLB Draft Thursday, May 20 2021 

The star catcher is regarded as one of the best baseball prospects in the country.

        

Capacity at UofL’s baseball stadium expanded after coach’s comments Wednesday, May 5 2021 

The announcement comes after head coach Dan McDonnell said he was "beyond frustrated" with the capacity restrictions for home games.

        

UofL baseball coach McDonnell is ‘beyond frustrated’ with COVID-19 rules for outdoor sports Wednesday, May 5 2021 

"You want to risk it, you risk it," Coach Dan McDonnell said following a win over No. 2 Vanderbilt. "I'm tired of playing games without people in the stands."

        

U of L men’s baseball walks away with a win against UK Wednesday, Apr 21 2021 

 By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 3 Louisville Cardinal’s baseball team hit the road on Tuesday to Kentucky Proud Park to face the Kentucky Wildcats during Battle of the Bluegrass. U of L won with a final score of 12-5.

U of L sophomore Carter Lohman was the starting pitcher of the night. He was able to pitch for the first two innings with a pitching total of 42. He was also able to have one groundout and four strikeouts: leading to a great start on defense for Louisville.

During the top of the first inning, junior outfielder Trey Leonard made a hit from UK’s pitch. This allowed sophomore infielder Alex Binelas to advance to third as well as sophomore catcher Henry Davis. It wasn’t long that junior infielder/outfielder Lucas Dunn walked, Binelas advanced to third and Davis scored.

Following Davis’ score, freshman catcher Dalton Rushing doubled down infield line, Dunn advanced to third and Leonard scored.

U of L continued to score when junior outfielder Luke Brown grounded out to first base, Rushing advanced to third and Dunn scored. This put Louisville at a five-run lead going into the second inning with Kentucky at zero scores.

During the top of the second inning, Binelas singled through the right side, sophomore infielder Cooper Bowman advanced to second and Brown scored.

After Brown scored, sophomore infielder Levi Usher grounded out to first base, Bowman advanced to second and Brown scored again. UK still had no scores going into the fourth inning.

During the top of the fourth inning, Rushing made a homerun to center field and Dunn scored. UK tried to catch up to U of L during the fourth inning when they made one run, but Louisville had a 10-run lead going into the fifth inning.

U of L didn’t have any scores during the top of the fifth and sixth inning, but UK had one score during the bottom of the fifth and one score during the bottom of the sixth inning.

U of L started to score again during the top of the seventh inning when Binelas singled through the right side and Davis scored. UK continued to lag behind with zero scores made during the bottom of the seventh inning.

U of L didn’t have any scores during the top of the eighth inning, but UK was able to make two scores during the bottom of the eighth inning. Still, Louisville stayed in the lead with a score of 12 going into the ninth inning.

Neither the Cardinals nor the Wildcats made any scores during the top of the ninth inning. This led U of L to the win.

“We knew it was going to be a dog fight for all nine innings,” said head coach Dan McDonnell during a postgame interview. “Kentucky has a great offense and we knew they were going to score their runs. We fortunately scored enough to keep a gap between them up until the ninth.”

Louisville was supposed to play again April 23 at 6:00 p.m. against Pittsburgh at Jim Patterson Stadium, but the game has been cancelled due to a COVID positive case.

Photo Courtesy of Justin Krueger// U of L Athletics 

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U of L walks away with a loss against the Virginia Cavaliers Saturday, Apr 17 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 7 Louisville Cardinal’s baseball team lost (7-8) on April 16 when they played against the Virginia Cavaliers. The game was neck and neck up until the 10th inning when Virginia broke the tie and won the game.

During the first five innings, junior Michael Kirian was the starting pitcher for U of L. He was able to pitch a total of 97 pitches, make four strikeouts and have five ground outs throughout his time on the mound. Nonetheless, Virginia made 12 hits from Kirian’s pitches, which allowed Virginia to have an offensive advantage.

U of L was the first to score during the top of the first inning when sophomore catcher Henry Davis singled up the middle and sophomore infielder Cooper Bowman scored.

The Cardinal’s continued to lead during the beginning of the game when Davis advanced to second on a throwing error, and Bowman scored during the top of the third inning.

Still, the Cavaliers started to catch up when they scored during the bottom of the third inning. This put Louisville at only a one-point lead going into the fourth inning.

At the top of the fourth inning, U of L scored again when freshman catcher/first baseman Dalton Rushing made a homerun to right center. This allowed both junior outfielder Trey Leonard and junior infielder/outfielder Lucas Dunn to score.

U of L continued to take the lead during the top of the fifth inning when sophomore infielder Alex Binelas made a homerun right center. This allowed Davis to score once again.

Virginia started to take back the lead during the bottom of the fifth inning when they scored five times. They continued to score during the bottom of the ninth and tenth inning as well. This is what ultimately led to U of L’s loss.

Louisville will face the Virginia Cavaliers again today at 4:00 p.m. at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Photo Courtesy of Justin Krueger// U of L Athletics 

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U of L baseball walks away with a loss against Florida State Sunday, Apr 11 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinal’s baseball team played against the Florida State Seminoles on April 10 at Jim Patterson Stadium. U of L lost with a final score of 5-8.

U of L sophomore Luke Seed was the starting pitcher. He was able to pitch for four innings and make four strikeouts during his time on the mound. However, seven hits were also made by Florida State from his pitches. This put U of L behind both offensively and defensively throughout the game.

Florida State started the game off with many great hits. They scored at the top of the second inning as well as the top of the fourth. U of L continued to lag behind until the bottom of the fifth inning.

During the bottom of the fifth inning, U of L made 4 RBIs. Sophomore infielder Alex Binelas made a homerun to right field and three players were able to score: junior infielder/outfielder Cameron Masterman, sophomore catcher Henry Davis and sophomore infielder Cooper Bowman.

Still, Florida State continued to lead when they scored once during the top of the sixth inning and five times during the top of the eighth inning. U of L continued to not score until the bottom of the ninth inning.

U of L attempted to catch up to Florida State. Binelas made another homerun to left center during the bottom of the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough to win the game.

“I didn’t think we played very well tonight,” said head coach Dan McDonnell during a postgame interview. “It’s amazing. We’re six outs away from a victory, but defensively we don’t play well.”

U of L will play against Florida State again today at 4:00 p.m. in hopes of having more motivation to win.

Photo Courtesy of Justin Krueger// U of L Athletics

U of L baseball wins against Florida State during extra inning Saturday, Apr 10 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinal’s baseball team faced the Florida State Seminoles on April 9 at Jim Patterson Stadium and won with a final score of 4-3. The game had a slow start as both teams struggled offensively. Nonetheless, Louisville was able to pick things up towards the final inning of the game.

The starting pitcher for U of L was junior Michael Kirian. The star player successfully pitched for the first seven innings, made 10 strike outs and had a pitching total of 91. Following Kirian’s pitching, senior Adam Elliott took over during the last three innings of the game and had 5 strikeouts during his short time on the mound. This is what ultimately led to the win.

No scores were made for either team during the first five innings of the game. For this reason, U of L struggled until the bottom of the sixth inning. Finally, one RBI was made when junior outfielder Luke Brown singled to the pitcher. It wasn’t long after when sophomore infielder Cooper Bowman advanced to second, and freshman infielder Christian Knapczyk scored as well.

U of L continued to stay ahead of Florida State when they scored a second time during the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore infielder Alex Binelas singled to center field and advanced on a throw. This allowed junior outfielder Luke Brown to advance to third and give Bowman the chance to score. Louisville went into the seventh inning with a three-point lead.

During the top of the seventh inning, Florida State started to score as well. They were able to make 3 RBIs, and this tied the score 3-3.

No scores were made for either team during the eighth and ninth inning; causing the game to go into an extra inning. Luckily, for Louisville, sophomore outfielder Levi Usher singled to center field on an RBI. Sophomore catcher Henry Davis then advanced to third and gave Knapczyk the ability to score. This broke the tie and gave Louisville the win.

“If you notice there’s a couple innings where we had a few fly outs,” said head coach Dan McDonell during a post-game interview. “I think we got a little big during the eighth and ninth and the message going into the 10th was ‘guys we’ve got to stay on the ball and move the ball.’” Because of these encouraging messages made by the coaching staff, Louisville is able to go into tomorrow’s game with a more focused and confident outlook.

U of L will play against Florida State again on April 10 at Jim Patterson Stadium at 1:00 p.m. (with the possibility of a delay.)

Photo Courtesy of Justin Krueger// U of L Athletics 

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