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After another disappointing College World Series exit, McDonnell loses cool as Cards lose to TCU

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — A College World Series appearance that began with such promise for the University of Louisville baseball team ended in the same way the Cardinals’ other trips to Omaha have: with another bitterly disappointing, frustrating loss and a 1-2 record. After opening last Friday with an 8-4 win over Texas A&M, No. 7 UofL (53-12) couldn’t...

Cardinals face daunting task — stay alive by winning three CWS elimination games in three days

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — A six-game winning streak in the NCAA Tournament has gone by the wayside, as has a bid to stay in the winners’ bracket of the College World Series past two games for the first time ever. So now the University of Louisville baseball team faces a daunting task: Win three elimination games in three days to advance to the best-of-three championship...

Gators run up early four-run lead on homers, deal Cardinals first defeat in College World Series

No. 3 national seed Florida maximized its offensive chances earning a 5-1 victory against the No. 7 Louisville baseball team in Tuesday night’s College World Series winners bracket contest at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The Gators (49-18) needed just five hits to score their five runs as both Austin Langworthy and Deacon Liput homered to lead the offense. On the mound, sophomore righthander Brady Singer...

After scoring historic victory in College World Series, Florida next challenge for Cardinals Tuesday

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Now that the University of Louisville baseball players have made history, maybe they can do it again Tuesday. The College World Series was barely 24 hours old and the Cardinals were already more successful than they had been in their previous trips to Omaha. For the first time in four tries, No. 7 UofL (53-10) won its opening game in the CWS...

Confident Cards seeking to bring an end to losing streak, enjoy a longer stay in College World Series

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Apparently, Logan Taylor needed some practice. Not in center field, where he excels in chasing down fly balls for the University of Louisville baseball team, but in that traditional ritual — the dog pile. A staple in college baseball meant to celebrate championship victories, it involves a scrum on or near the pitcher’s mound immediately...

Louisville’s McKay receives prestigious Dick Howser Trophy during live MLB Network segment

University of Louisville junior lefthanded pitcher and first baseman Brendan McKay was named Friday as the 31st recipient of the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player. The announcement, presented by the Howser Trophy committee and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, was made during a live segment on MLB Network from TD Ameritrade...

With MLB Draft out of the way, McKay’s thoughts turn to helping Cards win a national title

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — The pressure of the Major League Draft has finally been lifted from two-way star Brendan McKay’s shoulders. Now he can concentrate on helping the University of Louisville baseball team earn some unprecedented success in the College World Series, beginning this weekend. When the draft started early Monday evening, McKay didn’t have...

Cats’ White drafted by Mariners in MLB Draft; Cards’ star McKay chosen as fourth overall pick by D-Rays

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Evan White is going to the next level and Louisville standout Brendan McKay also is taking his two-way act to the major leagues. The University of Kentucky first baseman was the 17th overall pick by the Seattle Mariners in the Major League Baseball Draft Monday night, becoming the fifth player in school history chosen in the opening round. He joins Alex...

UofL star McKay captures third consecutive John Olerud Award as nation’s best two-way player

Having already set the standard as the only two-time winner of the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016, University of Louisville junior lefthanded pitcher and first baseman Brendan McKay took it to another level Monday earning the honor for a third consecutive season as the 2017 recipient. The Darlington, Pennsylvania native separated himself in 2017 as not only the best two-way...

Omaha Bound: Cards end Wildcats’ record-setting season with 6-2 victory for College World Series berth

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — The University of Louisville’s determined baseball players had waited three years for this moment, so that made it even sweeter. Easing, if not erasing, the pain and frustration of late-inning upset losses in the last two NCAA Super Regionals, the No. 7-seeded Cardinals (52-10) earned their fourth trip to the College World Series in Omaha,...

McClure, Ellis come alive as Cards gain advantage over Wildcats in NCAA Super Regional opener

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Two players, Kade McClure and Drew Ellis, who had essentially been AWOL during the postseason for the University of Louisville baseball team, came through in a big way in the NCAA Super Regional Friday afternoon. McClure handled things on the mound, while Ellis provided the punch at the plate as the No. 7-seeded Cardinals (51-10) held off UK’s...

McClure draws surprising start for Cards against Wildcats, not two-time Player of the Year McKay

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Kentucky won’t see college baseball’s two-time player of the year until at least Saturday in the NCAA Super Regional — on the mound, anyway. In something of a surprise move, UofL coach Dan McDonnell announced Thursday afternoon that the Cards will start junior righthander Kade McClure (7-3, 3.63 ERA) instead of junior lefty...

Cardinals edge Xavier, advance to NCAA Super Regional Tournament for fifth consecutive season

LOUISVILLE – Josh Stowers homered and drove in four runs while Logan Taylor provided the tie-breaking hit as the No. 7 national seed Louisville baseball team clinched its fifth consecutive NCAA Super Regional berth with Sunday night’s 8-7 victory against Xavier in the championship round of the NCAA Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium. Facing a one-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning,...

Seven-run rally in eighth propels No. 7 Louisville into NCAA Regional final for sixth straight year

LOUISVILLE – The No. 7 national seed Louisville baseball team erupted for a seven-run eighth inning on its way to an 11-1 victory against Oklahoma in Saturday night’s NCAA Regional winner’s bracket game at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Cardinals (49-10) advanced to their sixth straight NCAA Regional final, including the fifth consecutive at home, with Saturday’s win. Sunday’s NCAA Regional...

McKay’s advice to Cards: Ignore MLB draft, focus on earning fifth straight NCAA Regional crown

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — After the University of Louisville’s top-seeded baseball team was unceremoniously dumped by Florida State a week ago in the ACC Tournament while handing the Cardinals their fourth loss in five games, star two-way player Brandon McKay seemed to indicate that some of his teammates were being distracted by the upcoming Major League first-year...

Despite late skid, Cards earn No. 7 national seed, will try to get back on track in NCAA Regional tourney

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — In an effort to stay loose and relaxed with the NCAA Tournament on the horizon, the University of Louisville baseball players took advantage of some unwanted free time over Memorial Day weekend to have fun away from the diamond. For some, that meant more time playing video games or cards with teammates. For others, maybe lounging at poolside...

Seminoles knock fourth-ranked Cardinals, McKay out of ACC Tournament with 6-2 victory

Brendan McKay homered for the second consecutive day but the No. 4 Louisville baseball team was unable to overcome a slow start dropping a 6-2 decision to Florida State in front of a crowd of 8,843 on Friday afternoon at Louisville Slugger Field during the final day of preliminary action at the 2017 ACC Championship. With the loss, the No. 1 seeded Cardinals (47-10) ended their pursuit of an ACC title...

Fourth-ranked Cardinals open ACC Championship play with rout of Notre Dame behind McKay

Brendan McKay connected for a grand slam at the plate and twirled six quality innings on the mound as the top-seeded and fourth-ranked Louisville baseball team opened the 2017 ACC Championship with a 10-3 victory over Notre Dame on Thursday night at Louisville Slugger Field. McKay added two walks to go with his second career grand slam for the Cardinals (47-9), who moved to 1-0 in Pool A of the ACC...

With new hairstyles to go with an edge, Cards hit reset button for ACC in a dry run for NCAA tourney

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — In a show of unity heading into postseason action, most of the University of Louisville baseball players have changed their hairstyles. There’s ace pitcher Brendan McKay with dyed blonde locks. Second baseman Devin Mann with cornrows (not a good look, teammate Devin Hairston observed). Pitcher Jake Sparger sporting a red mohawk. And a...

Louisville All-American McKay bashes four home runs, drives in nine to key Cards past EKU

All-American Brendan McKay matched a school record with four home runs and finished with a career-best nine RBI to lead the No. 2 Louisville baseball team to a 14-4 road victory against Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon at Earle Combs Stadium. The four home runs for McKay equaled the school record total first achieved by Jim LaFountain against Western Kentucky on April 24, 1976. Tuesday’s...