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With shortened MLB draft, Louisville baseball coach lobbies for expanded rosters at collegiate level

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today This is always an unsettled time of the year for University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell, trying to manage his roster for the next season while making educated guesses about which of his current players will be drafted and leave school, and who among talented high school recruits will chose professional baseball over college. Only this time it’s even...

Cards’ Burdi could be a top-10 MLB draft pick, but after 2015 trauma, priority is another CWS trip

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — If the pain is still raw after 365 days, Zack Burdi isn’t showing it. Burdi, University of Louisville baseball fans will recall, had a key role in one of the Cardinals’ most bitter defeats in history, last year’s 4-3, 11th-inning loss to Cal State Fullerton in the final of the Super Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium, denying...

Solak, Fitch hope to continue hot streaks as Cards host defending national champ Virginia

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Nick Solak is on a roll, to put it mildly. The University of Louisville second baseman has reached base safely in all 21 games this season and owns a streak of 33 in a row dating back to last season, but who’s counting? Solak isn’t, or so he says. “I really don’t look at it at all,” he insists. “Getting on...

Louisville adds former Charleston Southern assistant coach Vrable to baseball staff

Louisville baseball head coach Dan McDonnell announced Friday the hiring of former Charleston Southern assistant Adam Vrable as an assistant coach with the Cardinals.   Vrable will serve as Louisville’s volunteer assistant coach working with the Cardinals’ hitters and outfielders while also assisting with the program’s recruiting efforts. Vrable spent one season at Charleston Southern, where...