Feb. 8, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - With opening day now just a week away, the fourth-ranked Louisville baseball team will conduct a trio of open scrimmages during the final preseason weekend.
The Cardinals will open the weekend on Saturday at noon ET with a game-like scrimmage session inside Jim Patterson Stadium. That will be followed by a noon start on Sunday, while the scrimmage schedule will conclude on Monday with a 2:45 p.m., start.
Fans are reminded that due to the final stages of the expansion construction at Jim Patterson Stadium, there will be no access to the primary seating areas in the ballpark this weekend.
Baseball America BIG EAST Preview
Baseball America released its BIG EAST Conference preview earlier this week on its website and the Cardinals were selected as the favorites to win the league title in 2013. The publication, which also tabbed Louisville at No. 4 in its preseason Top 25 for the Cardinals' highest ranking, projects junior right-hander Chad Green as the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year.
In a listing of the Top 15 professional prospects in the BIG EAST Conference, seven of those were Cardinals led by sophomore righty Nick Burdi in the No. 2 spot overall. Fans can read the entire preview by clicking here.
Cardinals on ESPN.com
On Thursday, ESPN.com published a weekly notebook by Teddy Mitrosilis and included in it was a look at head coach Dan McDonnell's use of books to help motivate and teach his squad. Here is a sample of the notebook feature...
Dan McDonnell has always been a voracious reader and believer in words. He played at The Citadel in the late 1980s and early '90s, and coach Chal Port would read his club short stories or passages after practices. "I enjoyed that as a player," says McDonnell, who is in his seventh season as Louisville's head coach.
McDonnell adopted that practice. He often buys books for players, and they can always come into his office and grab something from the shelves. Each season, he designates two books -- one for the fall and one for the spring -- for his players to indulge.
Click here to read the entire ESPN college baseball notebook for this week.
McDonnell Interview on CollegeBaseballInsider.com
The busy week for Louisville baseball on the internet also include an interview with McDonnell for CollegeBaseballInsider.com. McDonnell answered five questions from Sean Ryan for their `Inside' feature. Click here to read the Q&A.
Media Day on Monday
McDonnell and the Louisville players will preview the 2013 season and the team's high expectations during the baseball program's annual media day activities on Monday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium. Live updates throughout the day will be available on Twitter at http://twitter.com/uoflbaseball while a full recap of the day's activities will be provided here at GoCards.com.